Excitement is building for the Dumfries Half Marathon with 300 runners expected to take part in the event on 22 September. The marginally net downhill race goes through scenic undulating country roads, providing a stern test for accomplished runners coming mainly from across Scotland and the north of England.
Starting in the historic Crichton grounds, the route heads along the Bankend road towards Caerlaverock Castle turning right towards Glencaple to enjoy a great view of the Solway Firth and Criffel Hill. The race follows the banks of the river Nith to finish at Kingholm Park, close to the race start.
This year's race promises to be a competitive and exciting contest, attracting three running clubs (Portobello Running Club, Clyde Runners and Dumfries Harriers) using the event for their annual club championship event. Add to that the quality within Dumfries Running club which includes international runner and new British Masters 10k champion, Jo Zakrzewski, in form Lisa Finlay, club captain Alan Baxter, and the prolific Stephen Smith, many are predicting records to tumble this year.
Participants will be rewarded for their efforts with technical running shirts, medals and "the best stocked finishers bags around", and Rowan Glen will be providing replenishment drinks and yoghurts at the finish.
Registration and changing facilities are at the new Dumfries and Galloway College on Bankend Road from 9:00am, with the race start just across the road in Crichton Grounds at 11:00am.