A swelling of national pride is expected at a historical event in Scotland in the near future. No, not the independence referendum, the Culloden Runs on 26 October. There is less than 50 days to go until the event and organisers are expecting a late rush of entries in the last weeks before the event.
The Culloden Run 17.46k and the Culloden 10K are devised by leading charity Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland in partnership with the National Trust for Scotland. Both are based at the NTS Culloden Visitor Centre near Inverness.
The 17.46k's unique distance is a reference to the Battle of Culloden in 1746, the site of which is part of the event's course. The scenic but testing route also passes by the prehistoric Clava Cairns and under the railway viaduct over the River Nairn. The Culloden 10K will provide a flatter and faster course, ideal for PB hunters. Organisers are quick to point out that the running routes will have no impact or presence on or near the actual battlefield site or associated monuments.
Organisers say the event can be enjoyed if you “go it alone” and also if you decide things are “better together” by running with friends. Adding: “Culloden Moor will witness another epic event this autumn when runners from all over the country gather to ‘battle’ round the route of the most historic runs in Scotland.”
For more information visit the Culloden Runs website.