Those planning on entering the 2014 Inverness Half Marathon have until midnight tonight (31 October) to take advantage of the early bird discount for the race. More than 2,000 competitors are expected to take part in the popular event in the Highland capital, which celebrates its 30th anniversary on Sunday 9 March 2014.
Race director Malcolm Sutherland expects a rush of entries before the early bird deadline passes: "It's great that so many people are planning ahead and committing themselves to taking part in the race. We are only too pleased to reward them by offering a discount on the entry fee. Once folk have signed up for the half marathon it gives them a strong motivation to keep their training going over the winter months knowing they have a guaranteed place in the race."
Sutherland added: "We hope to see some of Scotland's top athletes taking part, possibly as part of their preparations for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later in the year. Ross Houston, who last year finished a close third behind Ethiopian Hailu Million and Great Britain mountain running international Joe Symonds, recently achieved a Commonwealth qualifying time in the Frankfurt Marathon and we would be delighted if he would return to Inverness in 2014.
"Throughout the field we'll also have many people running for charities, raising funds for a wide range of worthy causes. Our official race charity for 2014 is the Highland Hospice. It's the only hospice serving adults with incurable life limiting disease in the Highlands of Scotland and is widely acknowledged as a resource of specialist palliative care expertise in the region."
As well as the half marathon, the event also includes the Global Energy 5K Fun Run and 5K Team Attack. Individuals can take part in the 5K Fun Run while the Team Attack is open to clubs, businesses, or groups of friends who can enter teams of four. Prizes will be based on the cumulative time of the four runners.
Entries for the Inverness Half marathon, 5km Fun Run and Team Attack can all be made by visiting the event website.