There's still time to enter Scotland's oldest running marathon with online registration for Moray marathon on 1 September closing this Saturday (25 August). The inaugural Moray marathon was held in 1982 and has since developed into a 3-in-1 running event incorporating the marathon, half marathon and 10k road races - making it the biggest event of its kind in the UK.
All three races follow the same clockwise circuit. The marathon course starts in Cooper Park, Elgin. The highest point, 64 metres, is reached at 3.5 miles. At Burghead the route follows the coast east, passing near the grounds of Gordonstoun School, Duffus which hosts the start of the half marathon. Lossiemouth is reached at 18 miles and the cemetery south of the town finds the 10k start. The finish for all three events is Cooper Park, Elgin with the 13th century Elgin Cathedral forming a dramatic backdrop. The event has been chosen to host the 2013 Scottish half marathon championships.
Organisers say: "Moray contains a great diversity of landscapes which include sandy and rocky shores, rivers, lochs and mountainous areas. Most of these aspects have been incorporated into the Moray marathons and 10k routes by taking the runners on tarred roads, passing through woodlands, coastal areas, towns and villages. The physical nature of these routes with the relatively mild and dry climate of Moray makes them both interesting and enjoyable to all competitors."
For more information, visit the event website.