Loch Katrine is set to host a one-off running event on Sunday 10 March. The Loch Katrine Running Festival will consist of a marathon, half marathon and 10K, and is being held to raise funds for Alzheimer Scotland.
Event organiser Audrey McIntosh spoke to scottishrunningguide.com about the festival: "It's a no frills event as we're wanting to donate as much of the entry fee money as possible to Alzheimer Scotland. Each race is an out and back route which will start and finish at the Trossachs Pier, and be run along the scenic lochside road.
"There will be hydration stations every four miles and first aid available at the top and bottom end of the loch. There are excellent views over the loch and surrounding countryside and the course also has some challenging undulations, especially for the marathon runners. The marathon will take runners from the pier to Stronalacher and back."
Audrey has set herself a fundraising target of £20,000, and will be taking on two races in Antarctica in November to help her reach it. She explained: "I'm really excited about it. I'm doing the Antarctic Ice marathon, and the 100km ultra marathon. It's in November so it's summer in Antarctica. I will be the first Scottish, and only the second British, woman to complete the double event."
The money raised will go towards helping Alzheimers Scotland projects in Glasgow and the surrounding area such as the 'Yes we can - together' project. Audrey explained: "The project involves talking to people suffering from dementia about their football memories. There are a lot of sufferers who remember the Scotland team from 1963 but who can't remember what they did yesterday. So Alzheimer Scotland has collected these stories and put them in Hampden Stadium museum. There are plans to do similar projects with golf and music."
Prices for the three distances are £10 for the 10k, £12 for the half marathon, and £17 for the marathon. For more information on the Loch Katrine Running Festival, visit Entry Central, and to sponsor Audrey's Antarctic Odyssey, go to her Just Giving page.