24 Sep

Half Marathon Fun In Dumfries

Sunday will see hundreds of runners take to the streets of Dumfries as the town's running club hosts its annual half marathon. Dumfries Running Club is hoping for another successful race and with the weather forecast favourable, - sunny spells - runners will be looking forward to the event as they rest in preparation for race day.

The route starts at The Crichton in Dumfries at 11am, taking a circular route straight down towards Bankend, before cutting through to Shore Road. Participants will then run back towards Dumfries along the side the River Nith as it flows into the Solway Firth. The finish line is at the Macleod Pavilion in Dumfries, where all finishers will receive a one-off coffee mug as well as a goody bag.

The half marathon is a popular event, now in its 29th year. The course offers runners beautiful views of the surrounding countryside and participants are travelling from as far as Northern Ireland, Manchester and Newcastle to take part. Many of the runners on Sunday will be looking to challenge the defending champions of the course, Lisa Finlay (DRC) and Martin Graham (Shettleston).

Dumfries Running Club also organises the Holywood Stroll each May, a 5 mile road race which is run on a fast, flat course on quiet rural roads in the area. This is the smaller of the club's races, with around 80 runners taking part.