The Highland town of Fort William is set to welcome a new marathon on 26 July 2015. The inaugural Fort William Marathon promises to reward runners with some amazing and unique sights.
Organisers say: “Run in the shadow of Ben Nevis and follow the Great Glen Way along Thomas Telford’s Caledonian Canal with Neptune’s Staircase. The Commando Memorial, General Wade’s High Bridge and the remains of the old railway viaduct all await you on this spectacular, challenging, multi-terrain route.”
Starting at the Nevis Range car park, the route heads north through Leanachan Forest. At Spean Bridge, runners leave the forest and follow the A82 up to the Commando Memorial via the High Bridge path. From here, there is a slightly undulating road winding towards the Caledonian Canal. Turning left onto the canal towpath, the route heads south for 6 miles until it reaches Neptune’s Staircase at Banavie. From here, you turn left again and run towards the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Turning left at the Ben Nevis Distillery, follow the cycle path north until the turn off for the North Face car park. This is where you rejoin Leanachan Forest and run the final uphill stretch to the finish line back at Nevis Range car park.
Before the event, participants are encouraged to ride the mountain gondola to the top of Aonach Mor for a pre-race pasta party. It offers a chance to relax and unwind before the big race and experience a warm Highland welcome with live traditional Scottish music (conditions permitting).
For more information, visit the event website.