Scotland will see two new marathons in 2012 with details of the Strathearn marathon announced recently. This development follows on plans for another new marathon next year also in Perthshire at Aberfeldy. The Strathearn and Aberfeldy races bring Scotland\'s complement of marathon event up to 6; Edinburgh, Loch Ness, Lochaber and Moray long-standing favourites.
This week saw confirmation of the Strathearn marathon date - Sunday, June 10, 2012.Organised by Strathearn Harriers, the club behind the Famous Grouse Crieff 10k and the Simon Wake Comrie Hills Relay, the marathon will represent a challenging course for runners with an ascent totalling 1500 ft.
Starting and finishing at the Cultybraggan Camp just outside Comrie, the route heads south towards Glen Atney before turning back towards Braco. Just after the 10 miles, the route joins the A822 north before carrying on along the route of the old Roman road. At the 18.5 mile mark, the route turns west along the South Crieff Road to Comrie, before returning to Cultybraggan.
News of the Strathearn race, which is being organised with assistance from the Comrie Development Trust, comes shortly after the announcement of the date of the Highland Perthshire marathon and half marathon on September 1, 2012. The event, which was originally scheduled for this year, is set to be a little less challenging than the Strathearn run with a flat course throughout.
For more information about the Strathearn marathon, visit the event website. Entry costs are set at £23 for Scottish Athletics members and £25 for non-members.
Entries for the Highland Perthshire marathon & half marathon open on Friday, December 2. Prices from the entry date until June 30 have been set to £36 for the marathon and £27 for the half. Visit the event website for more details.