Whether you’re a marathon veteran or a marathon first-timer, a seasoned or wannabe 10K runner, or you want to run a 5K, the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running on 29th September, 2013 is a worldwide favourite.
There are great marathons around the world, many of them particularly marked by their settings, and Loch Ness ranks right alongside them. As the largest rural marathon in Scotland, the Loch Ness Marathon has consistently been voted one of the best overall in the UK, but it’s the route’s stunning scenery and the centuries-old mystery of the monster that has created one of the most legendary of marathon experiences.
The sound of the pipes makes the wildness of the moorland start hauntingly atmospheric and the scenic route meanders its way towards the south end of the iconic loch, passing through open countryside down into the quietness of lochside miles, through supportive local villages and into Inverness over the fast flowing River Ness to the finish line.
The Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running isn’t all about hard work. The whole weekend has a festival atmosphere and the Highland capital certainly knows how to party. There’s live music, the Baxters Food and Drink Fayre, a charity and sports expo, physiotherapists and massage therapists, and lots of activities for kids – so there’s plenty to entertain, energise and reward runners and supporters of all ages throughout the weekend.
If tackling the full-length marathon seems as scary as eyeballing the monster, the weekend’s running festival lays on several other (equally scenic) races which cater for all distances and abilities - the Baxters River Ness 10K, the Baxters River Ness 5K Fun Run, the 10K Corporate Challenge and Wee Nessie for the little ones.
There are guaranteed places available for the marathon until 1st July, with overseas, charity and club runner places available after this date.
Entry is also open now for the other races, all of which have guaranteed entry.
A runner who summed up Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running said, “I wanted to complete at least one marathon in my lifetime and I wanted it to be an iconic and unique experience - Loch Ness certainly didn’t disappoint.”
Book your place on the start line for later this year and become part of the Loch Ness running legend.
Royalty, history, prestige, beauty. All of these words describe the Windsor Half Marathon, one of the UK’s most picturesque running events since 1982.
Run in Windsor Great Park, the event takes in all of the park’s natural and man-made beauty to create a run which is as enjoyable as it is beautiful.
World famous attractions such as Windsor Castle and the Copper Horse statue of King George III are included in the event, with the breathtaking ‘Long Walk’ which separates these two landmarks serving as the Start/Finish chute of the course. In addition to these wonderful attractions, horses, deer, birds and other wildlife can be seen along the course.
Organisers take a lot of pride in the event’s reputation for being friendly and well run, with participants of all ability welcomed. After a smooth, trouble free event in picture perfect weather in 2012, there is every reason to believe organisers will once again deliver a truly outstanding event this year.
The Windsor Half Marathon really is one of those ‘feel good’ runs, a special event in a special place.