Terry Forrest is encouraging more people to join him at this year's Loch Ness Marathon on 27 September by registering before the entry deadline for guaranteed places is reached at midnight on Tuesday 1 July. After that date, entries will only be available for overseas runners, members of affiliated UK running clubs, overseas runners, and through official charity Macmillan Cancer Care and other affiliate charities.
Run, Forrest, Run
Forrest is well known for starting at the tail-end of the field in all his races, then working his way towards the front. Last year he overtook thousands of competitors in the Baxters Loch Ness marathon before eventually finishing in 10th position, although he had the sixth fastest time of the day after discounting the six minutes it took him to cross the starting line.
So why does he do it? Forrest explains: “It’s just something I have always done. When I first took up running and went to a race I lacked confidence so I stood at the back as I didn’t believe I was good enough to be anywhere near the front. Then I realised it was a good feeling because I was always overtaking people, so it just seemed to work for me and I’ve done it ever since.
“This will be my seventh year doing the Baxters Loch Ness marathon and I’ve run a personal best time every year I’ve been there. I’ve done around 30 marathons and this is my favourite one. I love the whole atmosphere, it’s a real festival of running and there’s such a good feel about the whole occasion.”
The Baxters Loch Ness marathon is the premier event on the race day programme but the festival also includes other attractive runs catering for a wide range of ages and levels of experience.
Full details at the Loch Ness Marathon website.