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.