There are less than six months to go until the 2018 Stirling Scottish Marathon returns for the second time on Sunday, 29 April – here’s a few things to expect! Entries are now open, click here for more information

FANTASTIC SUPPORT

May 2017 saw Stirling’s first ever 26.2 mile event and the Stirlingshire communities fully embraced it, with hundreds of people coming out to support runners along the way. Doune and Dunblane turned out in force, lining the streets as our marathon runners clocked up the early miles, while the city centre section saw throngs of Sunday shoppers down their bags and cheer on the thousands of runners plotting a route through the centre of Stirling. You can expect a similar reception in 2018.

CITY CENTRE START AND FINISH

We’ve been working hard on designing a fantastic marathon course for you to experience. Taking all of the great points of the 2017 course, we’ve added in a city centre start and finish so there’s no need to worry about shuttle buses, while your friends and family can cheer you off at the start and then welcome you over the finish line a few hours later. Runners will start close to Stirling Castle and finish next to King’s Park, so perfect for those who will make the city centre their base for the weekend and not far at all from car parks, pubs, restaurants and hotels.

LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION

Your 2018 Stirling Scottish Marathon gives you the opportunity to run through the heart of Scotland – quite literally. Stirling is perfectly-placed for runners from all over the country, with excellent motorway links and just an hour away from Glasgow and Edinburgh.

ALL THE BEST BITS FROM 2017

The 2018 Stirling Scottish Marathon course has been reconfigured following constructive feedback from our 6,500 runners who took part in the first-ever marathon in the city. Gone is the lapped section in the city centre, and new for 2018 is a breathtaking section along the Hillfoots Road beneath the imposing cliffs of Dumyat. We’ve retained the sections that made the event such a success in the first year including the magnificent Scottish countryside going through Doune, Dunblane and Bridge of Allan.

CHARITY INSPIRATION

Around £1.4million was raised for charities during 2017’s Stirling Scottish Marathon – an incredible amount. Next year, the course will once again be lined with charity cheering points, where representatives from good causes will be providing our runners with support and encouragement. It’s going to be a tough slog around the 26.2 miles, and you will need every high five you can muster. Nothing gives you a boost like a well-despatched high five. That’s science.

THAT FINISH LINE FEELING

The finish line represents the culmination of your efforts. Every bit of your training has gone into this marathon, and completing it is the final act of a six-month journey. So celebrate like you’ve won it even if you come in two hours after our first finisher – because you are all winners.

EATING ALL OF THE FOOD

Having ran a marathon, runners are well within their rights to demand, and consume, every morsel of food they can get their hands on. There will be plenty of food on offer at the finishers’ village, where runners can reunite with their families. And with the city centre a stone’s throw from the finish village, there will be plenty of food outlets to choose from.

Feeling inspired? Sign up for the Stirling Scottish Marathon today – click here for more information