Women-only runs are an increasingly popular way for women to start out in distance running.
Now in its fifth year, Running4Women Windsor offers the chance for women to run 8km through the stunning scenery of England's Windsor Great Park just one day before Windsor Half Marathon.
For some, it's the run of their life, while for others it may be a light training run for the following day. Either way, this event draws praise for its organisation, the beautiful setting and the crowd support.
The run is on an undulating course that starts and finishes on the Long Walk which links Windsor Castle with the famous statue of George III on horse back - better known as the Copper Horse. The route heads up to the Copper Horse then turns towards the deer park exit with spectacular views back to Windsor Castle. The course continues around past the Royal Lodge, heads near the Royal School and back to the top of the Long Walk where the final straight is one of the most spectacular in Britain.
Organisers like to think the pleasure of this course will be enough to inspire runners to tackle the Windsor Half Marathon next year.
The next Loch Ness Marathon will take place on Sunday 4 October 2009 and entries are still open for charities, clubs and overseas runners. With a 22% increase on entries last year, the event is already deemed to be a great success.
The route is set in stunning Highland countryside. Starting between Fort Augusts and Foyers, the point to point course takes runners along the south east shores of Loch Ness and crosses the river Ness to finish in Inverness Queens Park stadium.
The finish line will greet runners with live music including traditional massed pipes and drums, retailer stands and kids' activities, creating a real party atmosphere.
2009 is Scotlands 'Year of Homecoming' and Baxters Loch Ness Marathon has joined in the celebrations with the addition of two further races. The Run Home Highland Breakfast Run will be held on Saturday 3 October and the Run Home Clan Challenge will take place on Sunday 4 October.
Branded merchandise will be available to participants this year and to find out more visit the Loch Ness Marathon website.