Over 8,000 runners will descend on Inverness this Sunday (25 September) for the 15th edition of Baxters Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running. The Highland capital will come alive with runners and spectators on Sunday for the marathon, River Ness 10K, 10K Corporate Challenge, River Ness 5K and the Wee Nessie fun run for pre-school children.
Kyle Greig is bidding to become only the third Scot to win the men's title in the marathon, but the Forres Harrier knows he’ll have to pull out all the stops if he is to be successful.
He said: “My training has gone well and I'd like to think I can get a personal best time. I’ve been averaging about 90 miles a week in training, with a highest week of 100 and it has all been fine. I’ve no injuries and no niggles, so I guess there’s no excuses. I had a good run when winning the Scottish trail running championships in Fife recently and a few other small race victories."
Greig’s opposition is formidable and includes Lancashire-based Kenyan Tarus Elly, who has a remarkable record of consistency in the race, having won in 2013 and 2015, as well as placing third in 2014.
Another contender who has come close to winning on a number of occasions in recent years is Edinburgh-based Polish runner Patryk Gierjatowicz. He was second behind Elly in 2013 and second again behind Abyu in 2014 before taking third position last year when Elly defeated Abyu for top spot.
Jenn Wetton is the clear favourite to win the women’s title although the Central AC runner hasn’t competed over the marathon distance since winning the Baxters race in 2014 in what remains her best time of 2:46:06.
For more information, visit the event website.