An impressive field of British-based runners has signed up for the inaugural Scottish Half Marathon on Saturday 6 September. Over 3,000 runners from the UK, Washington, Spain, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Poland and even Singapore have posted entries.
The women’s field is led by Nicola Duncan of Portobello Running Club. Originally from Galway, Duncan has lived in Scotland for the past 10 years. She finished this year’s Barcelona Half Marathon with a personal best of 1:12:12, putting her in medal contention. Nicola also finished London Marathon this April in an amazing 2 :33:28.
She said: "I have entered the Scottish Half Marathon as it looks like a lovely scenic race in a really picturesque part of Scotland and I always enjoy running new routes!"
Contenders for the men’s title include former 800m internationalist Andrew Brown from Edinburgh’s Woodford Green Club, 22-year-old Ross Christie, from Stirling University AC with a personal best of 1:13:48 seconds set in Alloa in March this year and Bryan Mackie from Edinburgh AC who crossed the finish line first at 2014 Kilomathon Scotland and has a personal best of 1:13:05.
Bryan said: “The Scottish Half Marathon looks like a fast course but it will be far from an easy run competing against Ross Christie and Andrew Brown. Hopefully the downhill profile and a local crowd can produce PBs across the board for the Scottish guys.”
Ross commented: “The Scottish Half Marathon is the main race that my coach and I selected for the second half of the year in the build-up and preparation moving towards my second marathon in spring 2015.”
Andrew Brown added: “I miss the competitive side of running so I need a new challenge. Running a half marathon is something new to focus on!"
Standard entries close on Wednesday 6 August. To enter, go to the event website. You can also get involved on Facebook or via Twitter using #ScottishHalf.