15 Jan

Record prize pot unveiled for Stirling Scottish Marathon

runners with Stirling Castle backdrop

Elite runners will contest a record prize fund of over £10,000 in the Stirling Scottish Marathon, organisers revealed today. First over the finishing line in the men’s and women’s races will pick up £2000 each - ten times last year’s pot.

As well as upping the total, the prize money goes deeper and wider with cash for the top six in men’s and women’s race, plus the top three in over 40s, 50s and 60s. The half marathon carries a first prize of £250 in the men’s and women’s races.

Classic Run events director Steve Simpson said: “We want to attract a field of top-class runners and reward them accordingly. Although this is our first year in partnership with Stirling Council in running the Stirling Scottish Marathon, we took on board feedback from athletes about the level of last year’s prizes.

“This is a substantial prize pot, one that is unrivalled in Scotland. And I think it is important, even at this early stage, that we are transparent and open about our prize policy.”

Steve said that for the majority of runners money was not the key driver. The biggest attraction is conquering the most scenic course in the UK, running through a historic landscape dominated by Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument.

Every runner, no matter their ability, will be chip-timed and receive a commemorative T-shirt and specially crafted medal that reflects the heritage of the course.

Last year’s women’s champion Jenn Wetton welcomed the increased investment. The Stirling runner fits her training around work and looking after her one-year-old son. She said: “It’s a wonderful marathon course with fantastic supporters along the route. The backdrop of Stirling Castle and Wallace Monument make this one of the most awe inspiring runs I’ve ever taken part in.  

“I’m especially pleased that the prize money for elite athletes has been significantly increased to reflect the status and importance of the new look event. A £2000 first prize is a great reward for athletes who will be running sub three-hour marathons in Scotland. I hope it will help raise the level of competition and attract more of our top domestic marathon runners.”

2020 SCOTTISH STIRLING MARATHON PRIZE LIST
Over £10,000 prize money will be won in 2020. All prize money will be equal for males and females

  • 1st - £2000
  • 2nd  - £1000
  • 3rd - £500
  • 4th – £250 + 2021 entry
  • 5th - £125 + 2021 entry
  • 6th - £50 + 2021 entry

Veteran categories

  • Over 40
  • 1st - £100 + 2021 entry
  • 2nd - £50 + 2021 entry
  • 3rd - £25 + 2021 entry
  • Over 50
  • 1st - £100 + 2021 entry
  • 2nd - £50 + 2021 entry
  • 3rd - £25  + 2021 entry
  • Over 60
  • 1st - £100 + 2021 entry
  • 2nd - £50 + 2021 entry
  • 3rd - £25  + 2021 entry

Stirling Half Marathon

  • 1st - £250 + 2021 entry
  • 2nd - £100 + 2021 entry
  • 3rd - £50 + 2021 entry

Veteran categories

  • Over 40
  • 1st - £50 + 2021 entry
  • Over 50
  • 1st - £50 + 2021 entry
  • Over 60
  • 1st - £50 + 2021 entry

 

SCOTTISH STIRLING MARATHON FACT FILE

Stirling Council in partnership with Classic Run Events is planning a world-class festival of running on Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11, 2020. The marathon route sets off from Kings Park, Stirling and follows one of the country’s most scenic and historic routes, taking in Stirling Castle, Doune Castle and The Wallace Monument.

Schedule:

  • October 9, 10 Marathon Expo at the Albert Halls;
  • Saturday, October 10 5k run, junior 3k run, family mile, mascot race and come and try sports arena at Kings Park;
  • Sunday October 11 Marathon and half-marathon, starting and finishing at Kings Park.


TO ENTER OR TO FIND OUT MORE GO TO THE EVENT WEBSITE