THERE are just seven weeks left to sign up for one of Scotland’s toughest marathons, a 26.2 mile off-road route which winds through one of Scotland’s greatest national treasures with some of the greatest views and most dramatic scenery in the world.
The Glencoe Marathon, which is being televised this year for BBC 2’s monthly sports magazine programme, The Adventure Show, takes place on Sunday 6th October 2013.
This year’s event, which is sponsored by first direct will also see the introduction of a half marathon and 10K, with entries for all races open at www.glencoemarathon.co.uk.
The fastest marathoners are expected to complete the scenic course in around 3 hours 50 minutes, but the event caters for runners of all ages and abilities.
Prices are £50 for the full marathon, £40 for the half marathon and £30 for the 10K. Persons interested need to register before the 6 October 2013.
Those participating in the full marathon will start on a route through the pass of Glencoe, surrounded by the towering remains of this ancient super volcano, before a grueling 500 metre climb up the fearsome Devil’s Staircase.
From the Eastern edge of the Aonach Eagach Ridge, runners will look straight onto the mighty Buachaille Etive Mor which has been voted one of the top ten greatest views in the world, before dropping back to sea level at Kinlochleven.
Climbing up through the Mamores the route rolls gently before descending into Glen Nevis and the base of the mighty Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest peak.
The route climbs a total of 1,608 metres.
This year’s nominated charities are the NSPCC’s ChildLine Schools Service and local charity partner, Project Northern Lights, which provide skills for 15-25 year-olds living in disadvantaged communities in Scotland to help improve their education, training and employment prospects.
David Fox-Pitt, event organiser and founder of Loch Tay-based WildFox Events, whose outdoor challenges have helped raise over £20million for charity, said: “There are few marathon routes in the world that can rival the drama and beauty of Glencoe.
“Whether you are a seasoned marathon runner, a novice or a keen fundraiser we urge you to join us to experience this amazing event which we hope will raise considerable funds for two very worthwhile causes.”
Mark Sullivan, a mortgage application specialist for first direct in Hamilton, said: ”I’m really excited about the Glencoe Marathon. I signed up for it to help raise money for ChildLine and Project Northern Lights, which I believe are two excellent charities and the buzz I will get by completing such a challenge is something I love.
“I’ve never run a marathon before, but having taken part in similar endurance events in the past, I am confident I can do it and I’m sure the scenery alone should more than make up for the hours and hours of training! I can’t wait.”
Issued on behalf of WildFox Events by Jen Nash, Panache Communications t. 07971 466 220 e. firstname.lastname@example.org
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