ATHLETES and spectators will descend on Stirling's historic Kings Park this Saturday as part of a day-long festival of running.

Run Stirling will be centre stage for athletics in Scotland this weekend, offering a great day out for all the family, from the international and inter-district cross-country races to the sold out mass participation 7km Great Stirling Castle Run.

Dunblane Olympian Andy Butchart will entertain the crowds as he leads Scotland in the Home Countries XC International. The Kings Park course is essentially ‘home turf' for the athlete, who trained in Kings Park on many occasions a few years ago while coming through the ranks with Central AC.

Fellow GB international Mhairi Maclennan will lead the Scotland Senior Women's team in the Home Countries match with England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

All the action from Run Stirling 2020's cross-country races is being streamed live online via BBC Scotland's website and is completely free to spectate with no tickets required.

Athletes of all ages and abilities will be making Stirling their first-foot for sports this New Year. All races are part of the British Cross Challenge Series, which gives up-and-coming athletes the opportunity to match themselves against established cross-country stars with competitive fields across all age groups: senior, under-20, under-17, under-15 and under-13.

With the Great Castle Run 7k trail run expecting 1,700 runners, there will be around 3000 people running on Saturday within King's Park and the vicinity.

The Run Stirling event is under starters' orders thanks to a partnership between Stirling Council, EventScotland, part of VisitScotland's Events Directorate, and scottishathletics – with Great Run staging the Great Castle Run 7.4k trail race.

For timetable information, visit greatrun.org/great-stirling-castle-run/event-info