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Distance Marathon & half marathon
Price Half Marathon - Entries now closed, Marathon - Entries now closed
Location Stirling
Date 29 April 2018
Age 17+ for half marathon; 18+ for marathon

Stirling Scottish Marathon

Entries for the marathon and half marathon are now closed. 

You can still be a part of an amazing weekend of running in the heart of Stirling by getting the whole family involved in the 2k Thistles Great Stirling Family Run in King's Park on Saturday 28 April. 

Both events take place on Sunday 29 April and offer runners of all abilities the opportunity to experience the choice of two truly stunning running routes through the Scottish countryside.

Stirling, known as the Gateway to the Highlands, is less than an hour from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park... We can't wait for you to experience that finish line feeling at Scotland's newest half marathon and marathon events!




Sunday 29 April 2018

Please see below for the event day timetable:

06:30 Event car park opens
07:30 Information point and event village opens in Kings Park (at the finish)
07:30 Baggage buses and toilets at Falleninch Field (start area) open for Marathon runners
07:30 Marathon assembly areas open on Millennium Way
08:20 Warm-up for the Stirling Scottish Marathon with PureGym
08:30 Start of the Stirling Scottish Marathon RED and BLUE run numbers (Millennium Way, A84)
08:30 Baggage buses and toilets at Falleninch Field (start area) open for Half Marathon runners
08:50 Half Marathon assembly areas open on Millennium Way
09:20 Warm-up for the Stirling Scottish Half Marathon with PureGym
09:30 Start of the Stirling Scottish Half Marathon ORANGE, WHITE, GREEN & PINK waves (Millennium Way, A84)
Until 17:00 Throughout the day there will be food and drinks available in the finisher's event village in Kings Park, as well as music, charity stalls and more.

*NB. All times may be subject to change in the lead up to the event

Road closures

There will be a number of road closures in and around the area of Stirling on Sunday 29 April in order to facilitate the safe delivery of the Stirling Scottish Marathon and Half Marathon. Please note: Customs Roundabout, Keir House Roundabout and the M9 will all be open all day.

Please be aware that the road closures may affect your travel to and from the event, so whether you're spectating or participating, make sure you take a look at the following maps, which indicate when roads are opening and closing:

Road opening map >

Road closures map >

Road closures FAQ's >

Important information

For a detailed view of the road closures that will be in place in and around Stirling on Sunday 29 April, you can view the interactive road closure map, hosted by Waze, by clicking here > 

You can also download the Waze app via Google Play or the iTunes App Store, which will enable you to receive notifications about road closures and route mapping when they become live.

Waze closure map

If you are living in or travelling to the Stirling area on Saturday or Sunday 29 April 2018 please click here to view a detailed list of which roads are affected by closures for the Stirling Scottish Marathon and Half Marathon events.

If you have any further questions about road closures during the event weekend please contact

Road details

Car Parking


We would advise that you park in our temporary car parking area at the Old school site, Raploch Rd. This is easily accessible as follows. Following the M9, north or south bound to junction 10 (Craigforth) exit here and then follow the A84 east bound towards Stirling and onto Drip Rd, Parking is signed and access to it is located just off Drip Rd. Here you will be parked up by event stewards.

It is only a short walk to the start area from here and a little further to the main event village at Kings Park.

IMPORTANT NOTE – At 08:00 junction 10 of the M9 will be closed to facilitate the event, therefore if you are not into the parking area via this route prior to 08:00 you should use the alternative route detailed below.

Marathon runners can also access parking from junction 9 of the M9 and they will need to do this if they cannot make it to junction 10 prior to 08:00. On exiting at junction 9 follow the A872 (Glasgow Rd) north towards Stirling, this joins the old A9 and continues north. Once on Burghmuir Rd you will approach Customs roundabout and then onto Drip Rd roundabout, at this point join Back O’Hill Rd. From this point your next turn will be a right onto Raploch Rd which brings you to Drip Rd and the access point into the Old School Raploch Rd parking site.

Half Marathon

Half marathon runners can use the Old School Raploch Rd site for parking however, unless coming into the event prior to 08:00 when you could access via junction 10, you should use junction 9 of the M9 for access to parking.

We advise that half marathon runners use parking facilities within the city centre. A list of these is below. Access to these car parks is via junction 9 of the M9 (whether approaching from the north or south) then follow the A872 (Glasgow Rd) north towards Stirling and pick up the city centre car parking signs.

  No Name Opening Time Closing Time Opening Time Closing Time Capacity Tariff
      Monday - Saturday  Sunday    
Stirling Council Car Parks  1 Dalgliesh Court Car Park  08:45 17:30 All day All day    £2 (Max two hours)/ Free on Sundays
2 Wellgreen Car Park  08:45 17:30        
3 Forthside Car Park  08:45 17:30 All day All day    £1.40 per day/ Free on Sundays 
4 Linden Avenue Car Park  08:45 17:30 All day All day    £1.40 per day/ Free on Sundays 
5 Viewforth Car Park (Saturday Only) 08:45 17:30       £2 per day 
Other Parking 6 Scotrail Stirling Railway Station 24 Hours 24 Hours 24 Hours 24 Hours 276 £3.50 per day 
7 Stirling Castle         250 £4 (Max four hours)
8 Wellgreen Multi Storey 07:30 20:30     500 £2.20 per day 
9 The Thistles 1 - Multi Storey 08:00 17:30 09:00 17:00 385 £4 (four hours)/ £2 all day Sunday 
10 The Thistles 2 - Multi Storey 08:00 18:00 09:00 17:00 950 £4 (four hours)/ £2 all day Sunday 
11 The Smith          20  
12 Old Town Jail 24 Hours 24 Hours 24 Hours 24 Hours 35 Visitors Only 
13 Goosecroft Road Car Park          80  


Start Line

Stirling Scottish Marathon will start close to Stirling City Centre on Millennium Way (A84) this makes it easily accessible. This area will be open from 0730 for Marathon runners only (for half marathon see below).

Stirling Scottish Half Marathon will utilise the same start point as the marathon (Millennium Way A84) making it easily accessible from the City Centre. This area will be open for half marathon runners from 0850, please ensure that you do not assemble prior to this or you might find yourself doing a marathon instead!

Spectators can access the start this year which will make a for a great atmosphere, please note that from 0730 – 1000 there will be a lot of people moving to and from the start area to watch the marathon starting at 0830 and then the half starting at 0930, please ensure you are in the right place at the right time to see your friends/family who are running.

IMPORTANT NOTE – the road where the start is located will be closed to traffic, however some of the approach roads remain open, please ensure that you use the foot paths to access the start area and only cross the roads at designated crossing points which will be managed by the event team on the day.

Please give yourself plenty of time to get to the start area. Once parked up (see parking section below) you could take a leisurely walk to the event village which is situated in Kings Park (where both events finish), this is approximately 1 mile from the start on Millennium Way, here there will be concessions, sponsor activation and our Charity Partners welcoming you before and after the event.

Starting Line

Transport and travel

Getting to the Stirling Scottish Marathon

With experience of providing travel and accommodation services for both runners and spectators to Great Run events since 1999, our Official Travel Partner, Nirvana Europe, can assist your journey to the Stirling Scottish Marathon.

As well as offering accommodation in Stirling to suit all budgets, Nirvana provide unique travel package services to ensure a stress-free event experience.

To view all of Nirvana’s travel and accommodation options, please visit or email

Alternatively if you wish to speak to a member of the Nirvana team, please call 0191 2571750.


... from £155 per room per night

Nirvana can provide you with accommodation to suit all budgets and all within close proximity of the event venue. 

With the added benefit of ensuring an early athlete-friendly breakfast on race day, luggage storage and post-race showers (subject to availability), Nirvana have everything covered for you. 



... from £185 per person

This service provides the perfect solution for runners and spectators who live outside of Stirling and the surrounding areas, and require more time to travel to and from the event.

Itinerary: - Coach travel to Stirling on Saturday 28 April 2018 - Overnight accommodation at Stirling Court Hotel - Breakfast included - Coach straight back from the finish area to your original collection point. 

The service operates from the following locations; Aberdeen  I  Newcastle  I  Manchester 


Coach, sleep and run

... from £29 per person

This service provides the perfect solution for those who prefer to experience the Stirling Scottish Marathon all in one day, eliminating the need for overnight accommodation. 

Offering both runners and spectators the chance to travel to the event venue on the morning of the marathon & then travel straight back afterwards from the following locations; Glasgow (Glasgow City Chambers)  I  Edinburgh (Newcraighall Park & Ride).


Coach and run

... from just £228 per person

This service provides an all-encompassing travel and accommodation solution for runners and spectators, ensuring you arrive at the Stirling Scottish Marathon in style.

Itinerary: - Flight to Glasgow on Saturday 28 April 2018 - Overnight accommodation at Holiday Inn Express Glasgow Airport - Breakfast included - Coach travel to Stirling on Sunday 29 April 2018 - Coach straight back from the finish area to Glasgow Airport - Return flight on Sunday 29 April 2018.

The service operates from the following UK & Ireland airports; London Heathrow I London Gatwick I Bristol I Belfast I Dublin I Birmingham I Southampton


Fly, sleep and run




Half Marathon course map

New to 2018... The Stirling Scottish Half Marathon!

If taking on the full marathon distance seems too daunting, why not take on the marathon's little brother event instead?

The Stirling Scottish Half Marathon will take place alongside the Stirling Scottish Marathon on Sunday 29 April and is only £36 per entry.

The route starts in the city of Stirling on Millennium Way (A84), a stone's throw from the iconic Stirling Castle, and takes runners on a 13.1 mile tour through the city and out towards the Ochil Hills. With stunning views, rolling countryside and a fantastic finish line on King's Park Road the half marathon distance is the perfect option to build up your long distance running.

As soon as you cross that finish line you'll be rewarded with that all-important medal, as well as a goodie-filled finisher's pack and exclusive event technical t-shirt.


Please note: the course may be subject to change.

Marathon course map

The 2018 Stirling Scottish Marathon features a brand new route with a city centre start and finish - no loops, no underpasses, and no shuttle buses!

Starting in the city centre near to the imposing Stirling Castle, runners will make their way along the A84, passing Blair Drummond Safari Park on their way towards Doune.

Crossing the historic Bridge of Teith, the route continues through Doune and on to Dunblane. 

The route then follows the old A9, entering Bridge of Allan, then on to the University of Stirling where runners will complete a circuit of the campus, rejoining Airthrey Road, passing the historic Wallace Monument.

A new part of the course will take in a long, scenic section along Hillfoots Road through Blairlogie, close to Tullibody, before returning to Stirling via the Springkerse area, along the riverside and in to the city centre, finishing on King's Park Road, alongside King's Park.

Please note: the course may be subject to change.


Training tops

Get your very own Stirling Scottish Marathon training top that includes moisture management fabrics, ergonomic flat seams designed to provide a comfortable fit while out on those long training runs, a unique Stirling Scottish Marathon design, and Great Run reflective graphics on the chest, sleeve and back to improve visibility while running in the dark.

The RRP for this specification of running top is normally £29.99, but as a Great Run customer, you can get it for only £20.

Your training top will be sent to you no later than 28 days after purchase, subject to availability. Postage and packaging is also included in the price of the top.



Exclusive offer

As part of our partnership with Science in Sport everyone who enters the event will have the opportunity to claim a free introduction pack from Science in Sport containing 10 Isotonic Energy Gels.

Look out for the SiS link in your entry confirmation email to redeem this great offer, or if you have already entered an event you can contact for further details.

Exclusive offer

Elite and Club Runners

Any athlete wishing to compete via an elite entry for the Stirling Scottish Marathon must meet the following criteria:

Distance Men Women
Half M 69.00 83.00
Marathon 2.24.00 2.48.00

Qualifying times must be achieved after the 1st January 2016.

Other standards considered:

  • Top 20 placing at National Senior XC Championships
  • Any athletes (Junior/ U23 / Senior) that have represented Great Britain at XC, road or track (at 1500 and above) over the last 3 years will also be offered elite free entry

Elite fields are restricted to numbers so apply early to avoid disappointment. Email with details of qualifying performances, name, DOB and club.

The Elite management reserve the right to refuse any entry whether an athlete meets criteria or not. This is a guide and does not guarantee elite entry into any Great Run Event. Elite entries for all events will close 2 weeks before the event date. No entries will be accepted after this date.

Prize money is available for Britsth athletes at this event 

Club prizes are given to the top three teams, scoring is based on the combined total running time of the first two men and first two women in each club. Club Athletes must be registered and part of a club afilliated to Scottish Athletics.  

Position Women  Men
1st  £1,000 + entry in 2019 event £1,000 + entry in 2019 event
2nd  £500 + entry in 2019 event £500 + entry in 2019 event
3rd  £250 + entry in 2019 event £250 + entry in 2019 event
4th  £200 £200
5th  £100 £100
V35 £50 £50
V45 £50 £50
V50 £50 £50
1st Club Team £650 (total prize for team)  
2nd Club Team £450 (total prize for team)  
3rd Club Team £300 (total prize for team)  

How to enter

Half Marathon

Price: Entries now closed
Stirling Scottish Half Marathon (17 years old and over)



Price: Entries now closed
Stirling Scottish Marathon (18 years old and over)