This weekend (18-19 Aug) sees four half marathons take place around Scotland with events in Nairn, Haddington and Coll on Saturday, with Hawick hosting a race on Sunday. Nairn half marathon is part of the Nairn Highland Games, which celebrates its 135th anniversary this year.
The Nairn race was established by Nairn Road Runners and begins at 12:30 pm on Saturday. Starting and finishing within the Games arena, the race route travels by the beach and harbour before heading through open countryside along a fairly flat course. There are four water stations along the way, and a souvenir, medal and goody bag are provided for all finishers.
Haddington half marathon takes place at 2:00pm in Neilson Park, East Lothian. The race is organised by Haddington and East Lothian Pacemakers Running Club and involves a scenic and undulating route that also has long flat sections. Despite the undulation, it boasts one of the fastest times in the country with a course record of 63 min 31 sec.
Further west, Coll half marathon also takes place at 2:00pm on the Hebridean Isle of Coll, to the west of Mull. The event is a multi-terrain, one lap race around the island, starting at the Calmac pier and finishing at The Lodge via Acha, Uig and Totronald. As well as passing picturesque villages, the course also takes in views of the island's highest point - Ben Hogh.
Sunday sees perhaps the toughest race of the four take place in Hawick. Starting at the Teviotdale Leisure Centre, the undulating course has been described as 'the Smokies with three miles added'. And with over 2000 feet of climbing involved, it's not hard to see why. Runners are rewarded for their efforts with a downhill stretch as well as some fantastic views of the Borders.
For a full list of this weekend's races visit our Race Listings page