Scottish marathon champions, Patryk Gierjatowicz and Jenn Wetton, will head to the Highlands to take part in Loch Ness Marathon Festival on 27 September. The 2015 Festival will incorporate the Scottish men’s and women’s marathon championships for the fifth year in a row, offering a £1,500 prize for the first man and woman to complete the course with further cash prizes for the top five finishers. Places are still available for Scottishathletics members, members of affiliated UK running clubs, overseas runners, and through official charity Macmillan Cancer Support and other affiliate charities – but only until midnight on Monday 7 September.
Marathon Champs Head To Highlands
Gierjatowicz, a member of Hunters Bog Trotters, has won the national men’s marathon title at Loch Ness for the past two years after finishing second overall behind non-Scottishathletics members Tarus Elly, in 2013, and Tomas Abyu last year. Only two men, Joe McGhee (1954-56) and Fraser Clyne (1992-94) have previously won the AH Blair championship trophy three years in a row, and the Edinburgh-based Pole says he’d be amazed if he were to become the third member of this exclusive club.
He said: “I have been lucky to win for the past two years and if I did it for a third time I’d be able to retire feeling happy as so few people have won three times. I think, however, it will be difficult. It looks like being a good race with the likes of Corstorphine’s Dougie Selman, who I have been training with, and Inverness runner John Newsom in the field. I’m sure there will be a good few others as well. It’s great because it will make it a hard race and we can all work together.”
Jenn Wetton won the Scottish women’s title last year when holding off a late challenge from the 2013 winner, Megan Crawford (Fife AC). The Central AC athlete has been struggling with an Achilles injury for much of the summer, however, but is desperate not to miss out on the Loch Ness experience.
Wetton said: “I’ve only just got back into running after a long spell on the sidelines so I’m not going to be in any shape to do the marathon. I hate not being able to defend my title, but I’d still like to be there so I hope I can get to a decent level of fitness to do the 10k. It’s a great weekend and I’d be really disappointed to miss out completely.
For more information, visit the Loch Ness Marathon website.