Those of us who have visited Scotland will appreciate the amazing countryside, mountains and hills that Scotland has to offer. Many Marathon runners make Scotland one of their first ports of call when choosing to run as the country offers such a diverse landscape. Here we take a look at our top 5 Scottish Marathons from our first choice through to our fifth.
The Edinburgh Marathon is our premier choice as not only does the Edinburgh Marathon offer a superb route it also offers a warm welcome and a well organised event in the capital city. The Edinburgh Marathon forms part of a celebratory weekend festival where 5K runs, 10K runs and junior races complete the package. Established in 2003 the Edinburgh Marathon grows in popularity every year with the next scheduled race taking place on May 29th 2016.
The Edinburgh Marathon sets off from London Road at 10am every year. The route is considered to be a relatively flat run in comparison to the early years of the race when a lot more hilly parts of Edinburgh were a feature of the route. Crowds of onlookers line the route cheering runners along, while the route also passes through some lovely scenic areas. From London Road runners proceed round a circuit of Holyrood Park. From Queens Drive the race heads down Lochend Road proceeding towards the coast via Leith.
Musselburgh is the next port of call followed by the two fishing villages of Port Seton and Cockenzie. A turn around Gosford House precedes heading along the coast road toward the promenade at Port Seton then on to the finish close to Musselburgh Race Course. The course is flat and fast with some amazing personal bests achieved as a result.
How to Enter
Those who are interested in running the next Edinburgh Marathon may apply to enter the race under one of the following banners
Run for Charity
Many people enter Marathons in order to raise funds for their chosen charity. Entering the Edinburgh Marathon this way encourages runners to complete the course no matter how difficult they may be finding the run. No runner wants to let the side down, especially when they are being sponsored by friends and family to finish the race. The Edinburgh marathon has five premier charities runners may wish to consider. They are
- Breast Cancer Care
- Alzheimer's Scotland
- British Heart Foundation
- Prostate Cancer UK
There are also two hundred other charities runners may wish to run on behalf of. Further charity details are available at the website.
Good for Age
This category enables runners of all ages to enter the race according to their age, ability and running time. For instance if you are a male aged between 41 and 59 and can run a Marathon in under 3hrs 15 minutes this is the Good for Age Category you will fall under. There is a whole range of gender and age categories just check where you are on the scale and apply!
Elite athletes are required to prove their running times by emailing the Elite Athletes Coordinator. Elite athletes receive free entry, money towards travel expenses, access to the front of the race at the start and accommodation when available.
Top Club runners will receive free entry and a place at the front of the race. This category covers British runners only.
Wheelchair users may join the Edinburgh Marathon although they will proceed along with the general running pack as the Marathon does not have a separate race for wheelchair users.
Entry to the Edinburgh Marathon 2016 is now open. Deferred entries are not facilitated, while all entries must be done online.
- Contact Edinburgh Marathon organisers via the website
Loch Ness Marathon
Maybe you will spot Nessie when you run the Loch Ness Marathon? Seriously the Loch Ness Marathon is one of the best Marathons to run in the Scottish Highlands and is part of a festival weekend of running that includes 10K runs and fun runs. The scenic route of this Marathon certainly pleases runners and spectators alike, while the hot meal provided at the end of the run finishes off a great run in style! The 2015 marathon starts at 10am and takes place on Sunday 27th September.
The Loch Ness Marathon starts on the South side of Loch Ness between Fort Augustus and Foyers and finishes at Bught Park in the centre of Inverness by the river. Runners set off from Fort Augustus proceeding down to Loch Ness itself at Foyers. The race then follows the bank of Loch Ness to the north east heading to Dores.
Runners then proceed towards Inverness along the B862. Once runners reach the main bridge over the river they will take a left over the bridge then straight left once again along the bank of the River Ness for half a mile until they reach the end of the run at Bught Park. The Loch Ness Marathon takes in superb views of the Loch (spectators can look out for Nessie) as well as amazing landmarks associated with this beautiful highland area.
How to Enter
Entry into this year's Marathon is now open, while those wishing to enter the race have a number of ways to do so
Run for Charity
Apply for a place to run for charity before the 7th September 2015 and runners are guaranteed a place in the Loch Ness Marathon. The official charity for the Loch Ness Marathon 2015 is Macmillan Cancer Support although there are further lead affiliated charities this year too namely
- Alzheimer Scotland
- Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland
- MND Scotland
- Highland Hospice
- MS Society Scotland
There are twenty further affiliated charities with a list available to view at the website. We are certain that runners will find an appropriate charity they would like to support on the list.
Guaranteed entry is availble until July 1st 2015 after which time runners will have to apply under varying categories as listed. Due to demand general entry to the 2015 Marathon is now closed.
Club places are available until 7th September 2015 for affiliated running clubs
Overseas runner's places are also made available up to 7th September 2015
The Loch Ness Marathon does not cater for wheelchair entrants nor does it offer deferred places or on the day entrants. On completing the Loch Ness Marathon runners are presented with a medal, T shirt and Goody bag. Post-race food is also made available to all runners.
- Loch Ness Marathon
- PO Box 26
- Muir of Ord
- IV6 7WZ
- Tele 044 875 1411
The Glencoe Marathon
The Glencoe Marathon is a rugged off road race rising to 1608 metres to the Base of the majestic Ben Nevis. The Marathon is sponsored and managed by WildFox Events who are an adventure challenge company that support raising funds for many charities. The men's record to beat in this Marathon stands at 3hrs 33mins 38 seconds, while the ladies record is 3hrs 48mins 38 seconds! Do you think you can beat these times? Why not enter the Glencoe Marathon and see how well you can do! The next race takes place on Sunday 4th October 2015.
The Glencoe Marathon is not for the faint of heart and you may say no Marathon is for those who have not trained well and you would be right. However this Marathon traverses some difficult terrain over rugged land making it more of a challenge than any flat road run Marathon. The route begins at the Red Squirrel Campsite outside Glencoe Village and takes runners through the Glencoe Pass where what remains of an ancient volcano once towered. Next the race takes us five hundred metres up The Devils Staircase which certainly earns its name as it's not an easy path to manoeuvre.
Views from the top of here are nothing short of spectacular, while the route then descends back down to sea level at Kinlochleven. Once again runners are on the climb up the Mamores that are a group of mountains in the Lochaber area. Finally runners will descend once again into Glen Nevis at the base of Ben Nevis, the UK's highest peak, to finish the Marathon.
How to Enter
There are a number of ways to enter the Glencoe Marathon
Standard entries must be in by Sunday September 27th 2015, while this date may be brought forward if the race becomes oversubscribed. Runners must be fit and used to running on rough terrain that is challenging. All runners must be eighteen years old or over and can enter online at the website. The Standard Registration Fee is £50.00 and includes refreshments, water stops and medical support. Standard entry runners must also try to raise money for Venture Scotland and Project Northern Lights.
Charity Assured Runners
Runners who wish to run on behalf of a chosen charity must contact the charity in the first instance. The charity then needs to contact Wild Fox Events via email or telephone 01567 820409. Charities may buy as many places as they like. Charities will pay £80.00 per place
Those who prefer to ask for sponsorship in person must fill in a paper sponsor form. The form is available to download at the website, while money collected may be brought along to race registration or sent in by post with a cheque enclosed.
- Email email@example.com
- Tele 01567 820409
Highland Perthshire Marathon
The 2015 Highland Perthshire Marathon is the fourth to be run with all money raised by the event going to charity which is amazing! The Marathon is part of an event that also includes a Half Marathon and bike racing. There are usually around five hundred participants in the Marathon with the race taking place in September each year, this year on the 5th. The marathon is a road race, while the roads do not close for the event therefore the race is marshalled heavily to ensure safety.
The route begins at Weem Church on the B846 and proceeds through Camserney then turns left along a rough path toward Drummond Hill then Kenmore. Following the A827 runners will run around Taymouth Castle grounds leaving by the east exit back on to the A827 towards Aberfeldy. Once runners reach Aberfeldy they will turn left into Taybridge Drive, proceed across Wade's Bridge to the finish in Wade's Park which is adjacent to Aberfeldy Golf Course. Runners will pass through some amazing areas of natural beauty.
How to Enter
Entries to the Highland Perthshire Marathon close on 31st August 2015. Registration for the event takes place at the Mones Resort on September 4th and September 5th at Wade's Park. There are a number of ways to enter
Male and female runners are categorized separately as junior, open, senior, veteran and super veteran.
It is simple to enter for the Marathon online at the Highland Perthshire Marathon secure website.
This obviously takes longer and runners will need to download and print off the entry form at the website. Post applications to the event secretary. The address appears at the bottom of this section.
Those who wish to run for a charity of their own choosing may do so although the event does have connections with a number of charities runners may wish to consider. Specified charities include Cardiac Risk in the Young, CHAS, Maggies, Aberfeldy Rotary Club and SCAA.
- Event Secretary
- Highland Perthshire Marathon
- 6 The Beeches
- Kenmore Road
- PH15 2BZ
The Meadows Marathon
This Marathon is a superb charity fundraising event that has been organised by the students of Edinburgh University since 2012. The looped course of sixteen laps is viewed by runners to be a great training Marathon for other Marathon races they may undertake throughout the year although many run the race simply because it is a Marathon that is centrally run in the city. The event draws big crowds too due to its fabulous atmosphere created by fringe entertainment at The Meadows and music, while the Marathon usually draws between five and eight hundred runners.
The Marathon sets out on Charles Street in Edinburgh, down through George Square turning right along the cobbled road to the north of George Square. Next it’s a right to run to the top of Quartermile then back down to take a right onto The Meadows. After completing circuits of The Meadows runners turn right to run up Quartermile turning back on to the cobbled road by George Square, Crichton Street then Charles Street.
How to Enter
Now to register for the Marathon!
Run for Charity
Runners are not required to run for a charity in order to enter the Meadows Marathon but they are encouraged to as this after all is billed as a fundraising event. Runners may run for a mentioned charity of the organisers or run for a charity of their choice. Either way please contact said charity to register your interest. Listed charities include
- Mercy Corps
- Save the Children
- Health in Mind
- Best Buddies
- Edinburgh Global Partnerships
- British Red Cross
- Whizz Kidz
- Georgie City Farm
- First Aid Africa
- ADE Tanzania
Online registration is facilitated at the website, while the cost is £40.00 to enter the Marathon. Registration fees are not refundable, while all runners will receive a certificate, T shirt, a medal and goody bag.
Deferred entry is not possible
Contact is via email at the website