30 Apr

Wright And Heughan Are The Stars In Stirling

runners at the 2018 Scottish Stirling Marathon

Thousands of runners including Outlander star Sam Heughan hit the streets of Stirling yesterday for the 2018 Stirling Scottish Marathon and the newly introduced half marathon. Marathon runners took on a brand new course with a city centre start and finish, while the half marathon saw its first staging on a bespoke city centre route with great views of the Ochils.

Central AC's Michael Wright broke the tape on 2:29:19 to lift first prize and also to claim the Scottish Marathon championship which was staged as part of the Stirling Scottish Marathon. Patrick Gierjatowicz (Hunters Bog Trotters) was second in 2:33:10 and Tom Roche (Insch Trail Running Club) came third in 2:33:38.

Fife AC's Alison McGill (3:02:35) took first prize in the women's race and also the Scottish championship title. Michelle Mackay was second in 3:05:01 and Rhona Anderson third with 3:09:46.

The inaugural Stirling Scottish Half Marathon was won by Corstorphine's Michael Crawley in 1:09:33, with Stuart Paterson second in 1:15:03 and Jason Kelly third in 1:15:55.

First woman was Sarah Brown of Edinburgh AC in 1:26.58, Louise Tyler was second in 1:28.21 and Kirsty O'Brien third in 1:28:32.

Outlander star Sam Heughan took part in the marathon, passing some of the locations where the hit TV show are filmed including Doune Castle – and he clocked a very respectable 3:13:37 in his first of two marathons inside a month.

Post-race Sam tweeted: "Thank you for all the support along the way, Peakers, Outlander fans, the friendly volunteers, cheers of encouragement and of course the bagpipes!! What a beautiful run (minus the hill at the end!) Broke my PB with just under 3.15! Thank you Stirling!!"

The prolific Steve Edwards produced another sub 3:30 time and said: "A successful 820th marathon in 3:25:48. First time I've ran this superb event, went for sub 3:20 but underestimated the testing scenic course so had to really dig in over the final 8 miles for a 743rd sub 3:30."

A day earlier, hundreds of youngsters took part in the Thistles Great Stirling Family Run held as part of a family-friendly fun day in Kings Park, where the marathon and half marathon finished on Sunday.

To sign up for 2019 visit the event website.