To enter the Simplyhealth Great Stirling Run marathon or half marathon, visit greatrun.org/Stirling

The Simplyhealth Great Stirling Run marathon will host the prestigious scottishathletics Marathon Championships again next April – for the second successive year.

The 2018 staging of the event hosted the championships for the first time in only the second year of full and half marathon events in Stirling, organised by The Great Run Company.

The Road Running and Cross Country Commission have taken the decision to give the event championship status for the second time.

Medals will be up for grabs for individuals and for teams on Sunday, April 28 – runners with a valid scottishathletics membership will be eligible for those medals.

“We're delighted that the Simplyhealth Great Stirling Run marathon will once again host the Scottish Marathon Championships,” said a Great Run spokesman.

“With Stirling also hosting the 10K championships and the upcoming Simplyhealth Great Stirling XCountry featuring the Scottish Inter District races, this really reinforces Stirling's position at the heart of Scottish running.

“The marathon course features 26.2miles of bespoke marathon running with no shuttle buses, laps, or out and back sections, and will provide the ultimate challenge to our runners - we're already looking forward to what should be a thrilling race next April.'

A new and improved course was used in 2018 which showcased the beautiful scenery and historic landmarks of central Scotland, starting and finishing in the city centre.

Central AC's Michael Wright and Alison McGill of Fife AC took the Scottish marathon individual golds in Stirling earlier this year.

To enter the Simplyhealth Great Stirling Run marathon or half marathon, visit greatrun.org/Stirling