Strathearn Marathon

2021 Strathearn Marathon sells out in hours

'Friendly and scenic marathon run by runners for runners' returns for 2021

Runners had to be quick off the mark to secure a place in this summer’s Strathearn Marathon (Sunday, 6 June). All available places sold out in just over an hour of becoming available at noon on Sunday.

While clearly disappointing for those who’ve had to join the waiting list, the quick sale of places shows the growing confidence of runners – and organisers – in a return to racing in the not-too-distant future. The announcement comes just days after the launch of the 2021 edition of the Great Scottish Run.

Organisers Strathearn Harriers have dealt with the uncertainty surrounding future events in their own way by limiting for the moment the total number of places available for the marathon – one of three events organised by the club. 

The current start list of 150 includes runners with places deferred from the cancelled April 2020 edition of the event. Keeping initial numbers low will allow the race to be set off in waves should that be required by scottishathletics and government guidelines. If circumstances permit more runners, those on the waiting list will be contacted to take up their places.

Just under 200 runners from 250 entrants completed the last edition of the Strathearn Marathon, held in June 2019.

Organisers hope that ‘for a range of practical reasons’ a decision on whether the 2021 edition of the event can go ahead will be taken no later than early April. Should the marathon go ahead, the Strathearn Harriers say they will do best ‘to keep the race as close as possible to the event that you know and love’, but ask runners to understand that some changes to the day may be necessary.

One thing that won’t be changing, though, is the bling. All finishers will earn one of the event’s handmade squirrel medals: a prize certainly worth waiting – and running 26.2 miles – for.

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