Stirling marathoners miss out on Autumn battle
Braveheart efforts on hold with news of the cancellation of October's Scottish Stirling Marathon 2021
There was further disappointment for runners with news that the Stirling Scottish Marathon has been cancelled for 2021. This year's October date has been shelved and the event will now return in May 2022.
Organisers said yesterday (21 July): "It is with enormous disappointment that the Classic Run Events Team announce the postponement of the 2021 Stirling Scottish Marathon. This decision comes after close consultation and collaboration with the events team at Stirling Council.
"All entries have been moved to the new date of 15 May 2022. If you are unable to take part on this new date there are two options available: Defer - to the Stirling Scottish Marathon 2023 or transfer to a friend or family member."
Participants reacted angrily to news of the cancellation questioning why other major sporting events and big races in other parts of the UK are going ahead. Many believe the impact of public uncertainty and limited entries are the major reason for the cancellation.
Other frustrated entrants voiced concerns about lost accommodation expense, disrupted training schedules and 2022 date clashes with Edinburgh and London marathons. In addition a number of charity runners are in the position where they have individually raised hundreds of pounds but can't fulfil their challenge.
Runners like Alex Hamilton who has raised £1,000 for SAMH will now have to come up with an alternative plan – a virtual option, another race or the May 2022 event.