Sheffield RC runner, Will Beauchamp will return to Scotland to defend his Strathearn marathon title as the event gears up for its second year. The Perthshire race is organised by Strathearn Harriers and will be held at 9 am on Sunday 9 June following its successful launch last year.
Beuchamp finished an impressive 12 minutes ahead of the second-placed Chris McCann in 2012, completing the course in 2:45:05. The news he will be competing again follows on from the announcement that he has been given an elite place for this year's London marathon.
Organisers said: "It's great to have an athlete of Will's calibre coming back to our event. For the 2012 race, there were more than 20 local runners participating and the streets and trails round Crieff and Comrie are already seeing marathon runners in training.
"One of the highlights of the race for the inaugural running was the great support the runners got from helpers and locals, putting the club well on the way of realising the aim of making this the friendliest marathon in Scotland. If you would like to be involved in any way, please get in touch with the club via the website."
Will admitted it was an easy decision to make: "I couldn't resist the temptation to race again on what is undoubtedly one of the best courses in the UK!"
The race starts and finishes at Cultybraggan Camp just outside Comrie and follows predominantly quiet B roads in rural Perthshire with about 1500 feet of ascent to provide a stiff challenge to experienced runners. To enter the race visit EntryCentral. For more information on the race go to the Strathearn Harriers website or visit their Facebook page.