Sunday 24 September will be a special occasion for Sarah Louise Grigor for two reasons. Firstly, it will see her complete her 100th marathon. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, it’s also the day she’s getting married
The 47-year-old personal trainer from Moray will tie the knot with her partner Chris Cull at a hotel overlooking the finish line. The couple are hoping to run the race arm-in-arm before dashing off to get hitched.
Sarah said: “I know brides are traditionally late for the wedding, but hopefully, we’ll be able to keep up a decent pace, so I don’t leave Chris waiting too long.
“We’re aiming to do it in about four-and-a-half hours, but the most important thing is that we cross the line together. It holds very special memories for me. It was my first marathon and it was where I was bitten by the running bug – it was also my 10th marathon and this
year will be my 10th time running it.”
Though Sarah is a Loch Ness veteran, 2017 will be Chris’s first time taking part in the race.
He commented: “I’ve run quite a few marathons, but never made it to Loch Ness. Sarah always talks about how amazing the course is and what a great atmosphere there is – I know it holds a very special place in her heart.
“When Sarah told me she was aiming to make the 2017 race – the one that would take her into the 100 club – I wanted to do something that would make it even more memorable and special. That’s when I suggested we have the wedding afterwards. So many of our friends are runners and will be taking part, it seemed perfect.”
The event also includes the River Ness 10K, 10K Corporate Challenge, River Ness 5K and Wee Nessie fun run for pre-schoolers. Entries for all races are available online and there is an early bird discount for those who sign up before 1 March. For more information, visit the Loch Ness Marathon website.