Excitement is building for the inaugural Stirling Scottish Marathon on 21 May 2017 with a surge of entries for the event. One entrant is American Paulette Weir, who will be running in her first marathon on Scottish soil.
The 64-year-old has taken part in marathons before – but never in her adopted home country – and she admits the temptation proved to be too much as she became one of the first runners to sign up.
Paulette, who lives in Glencoe, explained the event’s appeal: “It was the fact I could run a marathon near to my home. I know Stirling very well since we lived in Dollar, when I was looking for a school for my son. I stayed in Stirling for a month and I walked everywhere, so I know Stirling very well. It’s definitely finishing in Stirling that I’m looking forward to the most.”
Paulette became a British citizen in February and is now fully acclimatised to the harsh winters and a less forgiving summer than she would have been previously used to in New Mexico.
“I’m definitely used to the weather now. Sometimes I get tired of the rain and the winters are long, but I try not to worry about it too much. I just look forward to spring and summer.”
Paulette’s journey to Scotland is unorthodox to say the least. Having visited to take part in a charity walk, she and her son were so enchanted with the country that they had to up sticks and move over.
“I only came over to do a children’s charity walk and my son asked if he could come to school here. So I said yes, as any parent would. He was at school here for a year, he went back to the States for a year and I stayed here."
You can join Paulette on the start line next May, by visiting the event website. Also taking place on Sunday 21 May is the Family Mile event, ideal for children aged 3–13 years old.