13 Feb

Beat the Ballot Blues

Liz McColgan

Star in Scotland’s most spectacular sporting year - that’s the invitation runners who were unsuccessful in the Bupa Great North Run ballot received yesterday. Organisers of the Scottish Half Marathon revealed an instant cure for the ballot blues by offering disappointed fitness fans a place in Scotland’s newest running event on 6 September instead.

Entries are still open for the inaugural Scottish Half Marathon. It means runners working towards a training schedule designed for the Great North Run should still be in peak fitness for the race of their life in Scotland instead.

The Scottish Half Marathon will take in the scenery of East Lothian’s ‘Golf Coast’ and is a key part of an extraordinary year of sport across the country with a line-up that includes the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July and golf’s 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in September.

Runners are expected to raise thousands for charity at the Scottish Half Marathon which has Cancer Research UK as its official charity. One of the greatest distance runners in history, Liz McColgan is a proud supporter of the Scottish Half Marathon and reveals why the 13.1 mile distance has soared in popularity.

Liz said: “I love the half marathon distance. It’s entirely different from the full marathon. The half marathon is a really challenging event that you have to train for - but at the same time it’s achievable for most people. It allows you to set a goal but it’s within most people’s capabilities to go out and run a half marathon.

“The half marathon is a chance for you to enjoy a personal achievement but raise thousands of pounds for charity. It’s a great opportunity for people to participate in something they can feel really proud of.

To register, visit the Scottish Half Marathon website. You can also follow the Scottish Half on Twitter or like the event's Facebook page.