There is still time for runners to take advantage of the early bird discount on offer for next year's Inverness half marathon. Anyone entering before midnight tomorrow (Wednesday 31 October) will benefit from the special rate of £22.00.
The race, now in its 29th year, takes place on Sunday 17 March 2013, with hundreds of runners already having taken advantage of the deal. Race director, Malcolm Sutherland, expects a surge of late entries before the deadline passes.
He said: "We are keen to support runners who make an early commitment to taking part in the half marathon. Although there's more than four months until the events take place, many runners will already be planning their winter training programmes. If they enter now, they'll have plenty of time to prepare and will be safe in the knowledge that they have a guaranteed place in whichever race they choose to take part in."
Over 2,5000 runners are expected to participate in the half marathon, which is likely to attract a number of Scotland's top runners who will be aiming for Commonwealth Games marathon qualifying times next spring.
Sutherland said: "Many leading runners will be looking for qualifying times in the big April marathons such as London and Rotterdam. The Inverness race is a month before these, which is an ideal time for athletes to test themselves over the half marathon distance prior to doing a full marathon.
"Last year we had a top class domestic field, combined with some outstanding overseas runners, which produced fast times at the front of the race. Hopefully we'll see a similar outcome in 2013.But it's not just those elite runners who can benefit from competing at Inverness. Hundreds of other runners can also use our race as part of their spring marathon preparations."
While the half marathon is the showcase event of the weekend, there is also a 5k Team Attack race which has proved popular in the past. It is open to clubs, businesses or groups of friends who can enter teams of four. The 5K fun run is also expected to attract large numbers.
For more information, and to enter any of the events, visit the Inverness half marathon website.