This Sunday (April 15) will see the second Scottish marathon of the year as Lochaber celebrates its 28th birthday. The event will be of particular interest to Keith and District AAC runner Frankie Barton, who hopes to set a time that will impress Olympic selectors in what will be his first marathon.
Organised by Lochaber AC, the race is viewed as an ideal opportunity to secure a PB as the terrain is predominantly flat. Starting at sea level, the course never rises above a 20-meter contour.
This year's race also boasts a £1,000 prize plus a week's holiday for any runner who sets a new course record. The current records are held by Simon Pride with a time of 2:21:21 and Claire Pauzer 2:52:12.
Speaking to scottishrunningguide.com, race entry co-ordinator Dugald Macdonald said he is expecting a strong turnout: "We now have 575 entries and I predict we will be looking at about 430-450 starters at least."
Whilst Frankie Barton is looking for a strong time to strengthen his chances of Olympic selection, Dugald suggests other leading men, such as Stuart Kerr of Kirkintilloch Olympians and Alan Henderson of Greenock Glenpark Harriers, will be in contention. Kate Jenkins, of Hunters Bog Trotters, is expected to be one of the favourite in the female field.
For a full report from the Lochaber Marathon, visit scottishrunningguide.com.