runners at Great Stirling Castle Run

Great Stirling Castle Run is back

Last week runABC Scotland reported that runners and clubs across the country were being encouraged to get their entries in for the first British Athletics Cross Challenge in Stirling. Now we can confirm that Saturday 11 January will also see the popular Great Stirling Castle Run return to the running calendar.

The Great Stirling Castle Run was one of the highlights of the early part of 2019 and kicked started the year for 1,600 who ran in waves and were challenged by a hilly extended 7k course across testing terrain. Post-race there was praise for a scenic course with great views. Now the race is back by popular demand.

This tough course with approximately 190m elevation is perfect for those looking to step up their training for a longer distance with Stirling’s trails and hills providing the ideal test of the legs. The route, on paths, roads and trails through historic Stirling will offer fantastic views of Stirling Castle and landmarks like the King’s Knot, Beheading Stone and Gowan Hill.

The Great Stirling Castle Run forms part of Run Stirling, a day-long celebration of running which will also include the cross-country athletics competition organised by Scottish Athletics. The cross-country event will feature the British Cross Challenge race, and also includes the Home Countries and Celtic International Games, which will see representatives from Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales battle it out for top honours.

There's certain to be a great buzz around the town that day as top international and club performers and recreational runners prepare to give their best. Organisers are urging runners to: "Blow away those winter cobwebs, get those muscles warmed up and enjoy a day in the great outdoors."


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