If you’ve already signed up to the Simplyhealth Great Stirling Run marathon or half marathon, you’ll no doubt be counting down the days until you’re on the start line. If you haven't had chance to enter, don't worry there are still places available in the half marathon event. Click here to find out more and enter.

We hope your training is going well - don’t worry the tapering is just around the corner! Our final preparations are under way to make your experience as fun and memorable as possible. The community support in Stirling is always strong, with families and residents taking up their place on the sidelines to cheer you on as you pass through Doune, Dunblane and Stirling University. Here’s what we have in store for you on course:

Half Way Singalong

At just under half way on the marathon course (12.5 miles) you’ll need to put all your hard work into action as you tackle the second half of the route. You’ll be well into your stride by now. To keep your spirits riding high will be the wonderful Stirling Gaelic Choir singing near the bridge as you pass through Dunblane. Give them a wave as you pass by and head onto the new section of the marathon course along Carse of LeCropt.

Pipe Point

At mile 19 this is when you’ll really need some motivation to keep your mind on the challenge ahead as you avoid hitting the wall! Bridge of Allan will be buzzing with spectators and residents cheering you along and the Stirling and District Pipe Band will be located around Henderson Street and Union Street to give you the boost you'll need. 

Samba sounds

Beat That Samba is the longest-running female samba band in Scotland and the nation’s first all-women drumming group. The 28-strong samba band will be located on Forthside Way near The Peak and will be providing their percussion beats and traditional Afro-Brazilian grooves for marathon runners at mile 24 and twice for half marathon runners, at miles 1 and 12.5. The band will be located on the Springkerse roundabout so will get a 360 degree view of our runners all day!

As well as the on course entertainment, Stirling will be alive with spectators, families and volunteers to support you on your big day. As well as the Sunday action, you can get the whole family involved on Saturday 27 April with the family events, including the brand NEW Maukit Run with obstacles for your children to tackle, all happening in Kings Park.

Once you’ve crossed the finish line on Sunday and got your hands on your new medal, stick around in the event village for some much needed refreshments and photo opportunities underneath the iconic Stirling Castle.

Entries for the Simplyhealth Great Stirling Run half marathon are still open. Click here for more information and to enter.