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Monster comeback set for October

Baxters Loch Ness Marathon is less than six weeks away but you can still claim a place with the CHSS team on 3 October

Racing is back and Scottish runners have loved their battles with the clock, club mates and training buddies at recent events like the Dram Half and Roon The Toon. Now as we head towards autumn some mega events are appearing on the schedule.

Scottish Half Marathon is coming up soon on 19 September ahead of the classic Baxters Loch Ness Marathon. The race described as " of the most stunning marathons in the world" heralds the return of big time racing in style and organisers can't wait to welcome back thousands of runners on Sunday 3 October for both the feature marathon and the popular River Ness 10K.

Those tackling the marathon distance of 26.2 miles will be reaching peak training mileage over the next few weeks and starting to plan their tactics to 'tame the monster' and reach the finish line in Inverness.

Veteran Loch Ness marathoners advise a measured approach – modest mile splits in the early stages where the gradients are favourable and plenty of reserves for the testing inclines of the second half of the race.

One man who will be well-fuelled for both the energy-sapping training of early September and ahead of race day is Baxters chef Darren Sivewright who has been offering meal tips to fellow marathoners via the Loch Ness Marathon Facebook page. Darren's Spanish Chicken Traybake looks the perfect post-run recovery dish.

Like the rest of the big field expected on 3 October, Darren will be excited to get back racing and the spur that offers to greater efforts. Another greater motivator is running for a good cause. One charity that would be delighted to have you on their Loch Ness team is Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS).

CHSS is working hard in these difficult times to provide vital services and help change lives to help make sure there’s no life half lived in Scotland.

Combining Baxters Loch Ness Marathon or River Ness 10K entry with support for Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland is the perfect way to get you into race action AND to make a difference to hundreds of lives across Scotland. Pledges for these charity places aren't too demanding with minimum sponsorship targets.

Whether you’ve never run before, or you’re preparing for your 100th event, you can’t afford to miss out on what is going to be the ‘must-do’ running event of 2021. With spectacular scenery, fantastic atmosphere and a truly memorable experience – it’s no wonder it is on the bucket list for so many runners from around the world.

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland have charity places in both runs so get in touch, sign up and receive your free CHSS running pack! Find out more about being part of Team CHSS and wearing the charity colours with pride on 3 October at the Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland website.

Image courtesy Loch Ness Marathon


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