Tarus Elly will return to the Highlands to defend his Baxters Loch Ness marathon on Sunday 25 September. Those hoping to join the Lancashire-based athlete on the start line will need to register before 1 July.
After that date, only overseas runners, Scottish Athletics members, club affiliated runners and Macmillan Cancer Care and affiliate charity runners will be able to enter. Guaranteed entry for all the other races is open until 5 September.
Elly, who was born in Kenya but now lives in Hyde, has an impressive record in the race, winning in 2013 and 2015 as well as finishing third in 2014. He already has this year’s date pencilled in his diary.
He said: “I would love to come and defend my title. To be honest I love this race. It is my favourite marathon of all time. It means so much to me as it was my first ever marathon in 2013 and I won it.”
Elly is so far the only Kenyan signed up, but runners of 40 other nationalities, in addition to Brits, have already entered. Included among them are American running sisters Rebecca and Lexy Quandt who admit their objectives are perhaps slightly different from those of Elly.
Rebecca, explained why she is making the long journey from her home in McMinnville, Oregon to Loch Ness, saying: “I watch Outlander and I want to meet Sam Heughan, one of the stars of the show.”
Her sister Lexy, a resident of Omaha, Nebraska, suggested they would also be looking for another legendary Highland character. She said: “There’s a monster in the loch and we plan to find it. I’m also looking forward to hearing all the Scottish accents.”
For more information visit the event website.