A running idea that has proved successful in Canada is set to debut in Stirling this autumn with participants attempting to complete a 5k within the time it takes to play Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. The symphony is one of the most popular and best-known compositions in all of classical music and, crucially, lasts for around 35 minutes providing an achievable target for most runners.
The UK's first Beat Beethoven run is set for Sunday, October 21 and will take place at the University of Stirling. The course is flat and is mostly on lochside trails. Organised by the Bridge of Allan and Dunblane Rotary Club, the event will raise funds for Parkinsons UK and Children's Hospice Association Glasgow.
Race organiser Paddy Holmes told scottishrunningguide.com: "Beethoven's Fifth is a stirring piece of music which is instantly recognisable. We hope it inspires lots of runners to run our 5k. All entrants will receive a medal and those who finish within the time will receive a certificate. It is possible to complete the course as part of a relay team. Walkers can also take the Beat Beethoven challenge and are being asked to complete 2.75k in the set time."
For more information visit the event website or the event Facebook page or contact organiser Paddy Holmes on 01786 824 525.