STIRLING has been handed a major new spring marathon next year – the first event to be staged in the newly-formed Great Run British Marathon Series.
The event, backed by Scottish Athletics and Stirling Council, will take place on May 21, 2017. Starting west of the city at Blair Drummond Safari Park, the route will incorporate the breathtaking Stirlingshire countryside and historic landmarks including Doune Castle before finishing beneath the Stirling Castle ramparts.
After an undulating first five miles, the remainder of the course will be fast and suitable for all abilities from elite runners to first-time joggers.
Organisers, the Great Run Company – the market leaders in the staging of world-class, mass participation events in the UK – want the event to become the leading marathon in the country within three years.
Stirling Council Leader Johanna Boyd said: “Stirling is the ideal setting for a marathon, with its iconic scenery, clean air and fantastic local running routes. We’re delighted to host the Stirling Scottish Marathon and look forward to giving a warm
welcome to runners and their supporters to our beautiful area. We hope that many people are inspired to enter the event. The route will be enjoyable and challenging for everyone from first-time marathon runners to seasoned athletes.”
Great Run Company Chief Executive Mark Hollinshead said: “This is an opportunity to be part of something big. Participants will have the opportunity to run through history on this stunning course and the marathon will provide an opportunity to contribute to the overall quality of marathon running in Britain.
“With a long tradition of marathon running, with legendary names like Allister Hutton, Liz McColgan and Jim Alder from the past, Scotland has again led the way in recent months and it’s only right that our 26 mile 385 yard journey starts right here in Stirling.”
The location and route of the marathon will be used to reinforce the #ComeHomeToRun proposition to encourage ex-pats, and tourists throughout the UK, Europe and across the globe to come to Scotland.
Entries are now open at www.greatrun.org