After the relatively barren period for races over the winter months, the Scottish running calendar is enjoys a 'spring burst' with numerous events across the country. At a glance, Saturday and Sunday will see the first marathon of the year in Edinburgh, an ever-popular all-ladies race in Arbroath and a testing 10 mile road race in Midlothian.
On Saturday (March 3), the Combat Stress 5k will return to Glasgow Green with TV presenter Jackie Bird starting the run and giving prizes at the end. Another 5k run will be taking place in the capital, with the Resolution Run organised for early Sunday morning.
Later on Sunday, over 400 women are expected to turnout for the popular Smokies 10 Mile Road Race. Competitors will be bracing themselves for another challenging 10 miles in Midlothian at the Lasswade 10. One confirmed participant, Karl Zeiner, told scottishrunningguide.com's facebook page the event is "always a challenge but a great course with two serious climbs." Despite this, Karl is hopeful of setting a PB.
Being the first marathon of the year and also its inaugural race, the Meadows Marathon will attract widespread attention. The event also includes a half marathon and fun run, with the two longer distance runs commenting at 12:15pm on Sunday.
In addition, this weekend will also see the Down by the River 10k (Cambuslang) and the Nairn 10k and 5k Fun Run. For more information on this weekend's races, visit our listings section.