Billed as one of the most historic events in the country, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland's Culloden Runs are hoping to make history of their own following the news they have been shortlisted for the Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards 'Best Sporting Event' accolade. The runs, which take place for the second time on 27 October this year, will find out whether they have won at a gala dinner on Friday 4 October.
Event organiser Paul Corrigan said: "CHSS are absolutely delighted that our new Culloden Runs have been nominated for this prestigious award. We would wish to sincerely thank all the runners, marshal, and supporters who made the inaugural event last year such a fantastic occasion which has led to this recognition. We are looking forward to this year's event even more now!"
Both the 17.46k run and the 10k race are road runs 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 race 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.
For more information, visit the Culloden Runs website.