Scotland sees an historic addition to the running calendar in 2012 with the arrival of the Culloden Run 17.46k and the Culloden 10K on Sunday, October 28. The new event has been created by leading charity Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS) in partnership with the National Trust for Scotland (NTS).
Both the 17.46k run (10.83 miles) and the 10K race are road runs based at the NTS Culloden Visitor Centre near Inverness. The 17.46k run pays homage to the Battle of Culloden in 1746 and will provide a scenic but testing route for runners to 'battle with' and passes by the prehistoric Clava Cairns and under the imposing railway viaduct over the River Nairn. The Culloden 10K will provide a flatter and faster course for runners and joggers of all standards looking to run in an historic landscape.
Recognising the sanctity and historic status of the battlefield the running routes will have no impact or presence on or near the actual battlefield site or associated monuments.
As organiser Paul Corrigan, senior regional fundraiser with CHSS, explained: "We're absolutely delighted to be working in partnership with another well respected Scottish charity, the NTS, in organising this exciting new event. These runs will offer runners and joggers of all ages and abilities the chance to enjoy the very special atmosphere of Culloden, visit the fantastic NTS Visitor Centre, run through an historic landscape and at the same time help improve the lives of people in Scotland affected by chest, heart and stroke illness by raising funds for our charity. We're confident that the new Culloden Runs will become a popular annual fixture which will attract interest from far and wide.
"All participants will receive a special event memento and quality 'goody bag' and there will be various category prizes and awards. If you want to be one of the runners in the very first Culloden Run 17.46k or the Culloden 10K or would like to find out more please check the event website or call Paul or Val on 01463 713433 for more information.