Since we reported that a trio of runners are to take part in all editions of Loch Ness Marathon in its 15th anniversary year, two more runners have joined the select group. Seasoned marathoners Erica Christie and John Cassells will line up beside Fiona Rennie, Lucy Mackay and Kenneth Stewart on the start line on September 25 and are urging people still deciding whether to enter to get a sprint on.
Standard entries for the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon close on Friday (July 1), although places for charity, club and overseas runners will still be available up until September 5.
Erica (57) from Glasgow runs with Bellahouston Road Runners, where Lucy is also a member. Erica says she would not miss the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon for the world: “The day that I can no longer put my running shoes on will be the day that I no longer take part in the Loch Ness Marathon. It’s my favourite event ever, and will be even more special for me this year as it will be my 50th marathon.”
Dunfermline-based John (45) is a member of Carnegie Harriers, as is Fiona Rennie. The final member of the Famous Five is Kenneth Stewart (65) who is a member of Perth Road Runners. He cuts a familiar figure on the course and is known for running the 26.2 miles wearing a kilt.
Race director Malcolm Sutherland says he hopes the Famous Five will keep coming back year after year. He adds, “We think it’s fantastic that they are so dedicated to the marathon, and probably says a lot about the event that they have never grown tired of it.
“The 2016 Baxters Loch Ness Marathon will attract runners of all ages and abilities, and from all corners of the world. We hope that our very own Famous Five will encourage even more people to get on their running shoes and head towards the start line.”
Find out more about the day at the Loch Ness Marathon website.
Image courtesy Tim Winterburn