There is just days left to sign up for the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon on Sunday 28 September. Places are still available until Monday 8 September for members of affiliated running clubs, overseas runners, and through official charity Macmillan Cancer Care and other affiliate charities.
The event will welcome back several high-profile runners including Tarus Elly, who enjoyed a perfect marathon debut in last year’s race. The Manchester-based Kenyan powered to victory in 2: 27:21, finishing ahead of Edinburgh University’s Patryk Gierjatowicz who picked up the Scottish marathon title when taking second position overall in 2:30:49. The pair will renew their rivalry on 28 September as Patryk is also taking part.
Gierjatowicz said: “I am looking forward to running at Loch Ness again. It is a very scenic course and I like it. I am just training as hard as I can and hoping to avoid any injuries.”
Megan Crawford will also be back after making her marathon debut last year, setting a new course record to win the women’s title.
Megan, said: “I really enjoyed last year’s race. It is such a beautiful course and I’d say if you want to run a marathon, then this has to be one of the best places to do it. I doubt if you can get much better. I don’t have any specific target for this year although I hope to be in the mix at the front of the race again. It looks as though it will be a very competitive field, which is good.”
The marathon, now in its 13th year, again offers a fantastic £1,500 cash prize for the first man and woman to finish.
Race organiser Malcolm Sutherland is delighted that last year’s winners enjoyed the race so much that they are keen to return: “It’s brilliant that Megan, Tarus and Patryk are all coming back to compete here again. We are looking forward to seeing how they fare although I’m sure there are others in the field who will give them a good race.”
For more information, visit the Loch Ness Marathon website.