Sponsored post: The Stirling Scottish Marathon returns in 2018 with a brand new course and a new date

The Stirling Scottish Marathon will return in 2018 with a brand new course and a new date.

Stirling’s inaugural marathon reached capacity months before the event, with 6,500 people signing up for the run through the heart of Scotland in May this year, and organisers at The Great Run Company have unveiled the new route for the marathon, which takes place on Sunday, April 29, 2018.

Starting and finishing in the centre of Stirling, the Gateway to the Highlands, runners will make their way into the Stirlingshire countryside, past the Blair Drummond Safari Park, through Doune, Dunblane and Bridge of Allan, before completing a circuit of the University of Stirling’s campus in the shadow of the historic Wallace Monument.

Another new section of the course will feature the stunning scenery of Clackmannanshire as you enter Blairlogie, beneath the imposing cliffs of Dumyat, then back towards Stirling itself, passing through the city centre where thousands of spectators came to cheer on the runners, before finishing in King’s Park, in full view of the magnificent Stirling Castle.

The Stirling Scottish Marathon became one of the UK’s biggest marathons in its first year and the ambition is to make the event Scotland’s biggest 26.2-mile running event.

Stirling is within easy access to the cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen and is less than an hour away from the stunning Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, making it a perfect place to spend a weekend next spring.

Come and experience the fantastic support at Scotland’s newest marathon event. Register now at greatrun.org/stirling

» This article was first published in our 2018 marathon guide supplement, included with the November 9 edition of AW