The Moray Marathons 3 in 1 races take place each year, including a marathon, half marathon and 10K. The race day is now the longest running marathon event in Scotland and attracts 800-900 runners each year. Nicky Nash, of the Moray Marathon Committee tells SCOTTISH RUNNING GUIDE more ...
What, Where and When? The 29th Moray Marathon will be held on Sunday, September 5, 2010 in Moray, Scotland.
How much does it cost to enter? The Marathon and Half Marathon cost £17 for SAL registered runners and £19 for non SAL runners. The 10K costs £12 for SAL registered runners and £14 for non SAL registered.
How many runners are expected for each event? Our numbers are limited to 350 for the 10K and 350 for the half marathon due to the runners being transported by coach to the start lines. Up to 180 runners are expected for the marathon and this number has been steadily increasing over the past few years.
Why decide to have the three races and how long have they been going? The first Moray Marathon was established in 1982 when 60 marathon runners assembled in Elgin's Cooper Park. In 1987 the committee recognised that the full marathon was very demanding and there were a number of runners looking for something less strenuous. It therefore introduced the 3 in 1 Races, comprising the Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K, and this has proved a tremendous success ever since.
What are the routes like? All three races finish in Cooper Park, Elgin, with the dramatic 13th century Elgin Cathedral as a backdrop. The routes all take runners on tarred roads through woodlands, coastal areas, towns and villages, passing Moray's varied landscapes, including rocky shores, rivers, lochs and mountains. The physical nature of the routes with the relatively mild and dry climate of Moray makes them both interesting and enjoyable to all competitors and spectators.
Any famous winners or entrants over the years? Holder of 7 world records for ultra distance running, Don Ritchie stamped his mark on the Moray Marathon by winning the event 6 times. Don is a local runner, running for Forres Harriers and his record of 2hrs 29mins, 17secs. stood for many years. Over the years Moray has welcomed runners from all over the UK and across the globe. The runners love the friendly atmosphere here in Moray and all hope to return for a chance to beat their course record.
Parking and post-race facilities? There is a large car park at Elgin Town Hall where registration takes place. The Town Hall has changing areas and is located some 200 yards from the finishing line. The start of the marathon is nearby, but dedicated buses take runners to the start of the Half and 10K, which are further away. The WRVS are on hand to provide free coffee/tea, butteries, sandwiches and the highly acclaimed Walkers's shortbread to runners and families, who have often travelled a long way to support the runners, before, during and after the races.
Any Extras? T-shirt to all runners who register and at the finish line all runners receive an attractive medal which is followed by a team of helpers handing out drinks and fruit. Each runner is photographed crossing the line with the spectacular backdrop of the cathedral.
What makes the Moray Marathons 3 in 1 special? The Moray Marathons 3 in 1 event is unique and caters for all levels of runner, from the elite runners around the country, to hundreds of joggers and runners that are attempting such an event for the first time. All entrants are well looked after by our efficient and extremely friendly volunteers, enjoying the beautiful Moray scenery as they make their way around the course.
What do I do if I want to take up running in Moray? For runners just starting there are very popular jogscotland groups in Buckie, Elgin and Forres. For the more experienced runners there are local running clubs: Moray Road Runners, Forres Harriers, Keith & District RC and Elgin AAC. There are some excellent training venues such as Grant Park and Cluny Hill in Forres for an undulating parkland run and forests such as Culbin and Roseisle for flat pleasant running.