The Simplyhealth Great Stirling Run returns on Sunday 28 April with a choice between a half marathon and a marathon through the heart of historic Scotland. Here's why you should choose Stirling in 2019. To enter click here


In previous years, the Stirlingshire communities fully embraced the marathon and half marathon, 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 2019.


Taking full advantage of Stirling's central location, 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.


Your Simplyhealth Great Stirling Run 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.


The 2018 Stirling Scottish Marathon course was reconfigured for 2018, and runners will take on the same course in the Simplyhealth Great Stirling Run marathon, including the breathtaking section along the Hillfoots Road beneath the imposing cliffs of Dumyat. Here to stay is the section through the magnificent Scottish countryside going through Doune, Dunblane and Bridge of Allan. The half marathon course will feature the city centre start and finish up towards Dumyat and is a fast and fast challenge.


Millions are raised for good causes every year with local charities benefiting from our runners' good will. Next year, the course will once again be lined with charity cheering points, where representatives from charities will be providing our runners with support and encouragement. It’s going to be a tough slog around both courses, and you will need every high five you can muster. Nothing gives you a boost like a well-despatched high five. That’s science.


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.


Having ran a marathon or a half marathon, our 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 Simplyhealth Great Stirling Run today – to enter click here