Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running

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Be part of a global attraction running event this October. Set in the breathtaking grounds of Inverness and Loch Ness, you will witness the spectacular skyline views of the Scottish Highlands. With three distances on offer, and a Wee Nessie race for under 5s, there is something for all the family.
Participants
Marathon, 10k, 5k, and 2 more
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Calendar
Sun, 2 Oct 2022
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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4.8
(17 Reviews)
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Where and when
Location
Bught Park Pitches, Bught Rd, Inverness IV3 5SP, UK
Start times
Sun, 2 Oct 2022
Marathon:
10:00am |
10k:
10:30am |
5k:
9:30am |
Corporate Team Challenge:
10:30am |
Wee Nessie Under 5s Race:
9:45am
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running
Marathon
Distance
40.2km
£60.00 - £62.00
10k
Distance
10km
£28.00 - £30.00
5k
Distance
5km
£14.00
Corporate Team Challenge
Distance
10km
£30.00
Route information
Marathon
The Marathon will start on the high ground between Fort Augustus and Foyers (B862) and will drop down to the banks of Loch Ness at Foyers (B852). From there, the route follows the loch’s south eastern shore, heading north east towards Dores on the northern tip of the loch.
From Dores, the race heads directly into the centre of Inverness (B862), turning left over the main road bridge and left again for the last half mile along the River Ness to the finish at Bught Park in the centre of Inverness.
10k
The Start is on Culduthel Avenue (near junction with Culduthel Road B681). From the Start, the route travels up Culduthel Road turning right on to the Southern Distributor Road and continuing on the Southern Distributor Road.
The route then turns left onto Essich Road and turning right down Torbreck Road before arriving at the t-junction on the Dores Road (B862).  (From Torbreck Road/ B862 junction, the route follows same route as the Loch Ness Marathon to the Finish).  
Turning right onto Dores road, the route continues along the same road directly into the heart of Inverness, turning left into Cavell Gardens, following Ness Bank and Castle Road and turning left over main town road bridge, and left again immediately after the bridge into Ness Walk.  The route continues along the edge of the River Ness to the Finish at the Bught Park in the centre of Inverness.
5k
The route starts at the Bught Park and does a loop near the park before crossing over ‘the Islands’ and following Ness Bank into the heart of Inverness.  Runners will turn left over the main town road bridge and left again immediately after the bridge into Ness Walk. The route continues along the edge of the River Ness before finishing at the Bught Park.
The Wee Nessie
The Wee Nessie follows a short route of approx 800m around Bught Park allowing children to run, jog or toddle at their own pace. Buggies are welcome too!
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What's included
  • Finisher’s technical t-shirt
  • Finisher’s medal
  • Goody bag
  • Chip-timed results (marathon and 10k)
  • Complimentary post-race food
  • Downloadable finisher's certificate
  • Fantastic Festival at the finish
  • Live Music
  • Runners Cafe with guest speakers
  • Street food
  • Kids activities
Train
How to get there
Bught Park Pitches, Bught Rd, Inverness IV3 5SP, UK
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Parking
Runners and spectators coming to the Event Village are asked to avoid parking in the Bught Park area due to limited parking. It is recommended that you use:
  • Parking in the centre of town and walk along the river to Bught Park (approx 1 mile).
  • Use public transport where possible
  • Car sharing where possible
Event day logistics
Saturday
10:00 - 18:00 Registration open for marathon, 5K and Wee Nessie runners to collect race packs (10K runners are sent race packs by post)
10:00 – 18:00 Runners Cafe & Sports Expo open at Bught Park (free entry)
Sunday
09:00 – 16:00 Event Village open to public
09:30 Start of Baxters River Ness 5k in Bught Park
09.45 Start of Wee Nessie in Bught Park
10:00 Start of Baxters Loch Ness Marathon
10:30 Start of Baxters River Ness 10k / Corporate Challenge
12:45 Baxters River Ness 10K / Corporate Challenge Presentation
14:00 Baxters Loch Ness Marathon Presentation
Age Restrictions
  • You must be aged 18 and over to enter the Marathon.
  • You must be aged 15 and over to enter the 10k.
  • 5k open to all ages
  • You must be aged 5 and under to enter the Wee Nessie race.
Crowds
Spectator Info
There is loads going on in the Event Village (free entry) during the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running for both runners and spectators alike, including a pre-race Pasta Party, Sports Expo, Baxters Food & Drink Fayre, pipe bands, live music and kids’ activities.
FAQs
Are there toilets on the course of the Baxters Loch Ness Festival of Running?
Yes, portable toilets are located at the event village as well as at water stations along the route.
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Are you allowed to run with headphones during the Baxters Loch Ness marathon?
No, headphones are not allowed at any races adhering to Scottish and UK Athletics rules.
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Will there be photographers at the Baxters Loch Ness Festival of Running event?
Yes there will be official race photographers, with photos available to buy within 72 hours of the race finishing.
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Are dogs allowed at the Baxters Loch Ness Festival of Running?
Unfortunately, dogs are not permitted on the course.
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Are buggies and pushchairs allowed in any of the races?
For safety reasons, buggies and pushchairs are not permitted in the marathon or 10k. Buggies are allowed in the 5k and are also welcome in the Wee Nessie, which is for pre-school age children (5 and under).
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Are there showers and changing facilities at the Baxters Loch Ness Festival of Running?
Yes, there are showers and changing facilities available at the event.
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Is there an age requirement to enter any of the events at the Baxters Loch Ness Festival of Running?
You must be 18 and over to enter the marathon, 15 and over to enter the 10k, there is no age requirement for the 5k, and children must be 5&U to enter the Wee Nessie.
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How do I get my race number for the Baxters Loch Ness Festival of Running?
Race numbers are allocated for all races after the entry closing date, and will be posted on our website. All runners will be advised of this and how to collect their race pack by email.
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Reviews
4.8
17 reviews
SceneryStunning scenery
FriendlyFaceFriendly atmosphere
FamilyFamily friendly
loretta
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2022
Fantastic and very supportive marathon
samantha
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2022
A beautiful course, amazing organisation and supportive Marshalls. Definitely should be on everyone’s bucket lists!
gavin
Star
4.7
Did the race in 2022
I enjoyed the race, first 10K in nearly a year. Found the course easy to run with a good number of Marshall’s throughout the course. The organisers kept you informed through a number of emails. I had to contact them via email and got a quick response back. I will be entering next year
lauraine
Star
4.7
Did the race in 2022
From start to finish the communication was super. The collector numbers was easy and the expo was great with plenty things to buy. Love my black Nessie Hoodie! The busses were a bit hap hazard with organisation and the buses took a wrong turn so had to turn back. Once at the start the atmosphere was great but the lack of toilets was an issue. We loved the pipers and the music and commentary was fun and informative .The run itself was stunning and challenging. The hills were more frequent than we were led to believe but that is Scotland, hills and scenery! The finish was superb and the goodies for runners were spot on! Bag collection etc was easy and straight forward. Thank you to everyone!
tracy
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2022
Great support and the marshalls were brilliant too
carol
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2022
Fantastic marathon, with amazing scenery. Very well organised.To have the bagpipes walk through the line up at the start and then play whilst we ran through the start - goosebump moment 💖
fiona
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2022
Yes enjoyed it
lynne
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2022
Had a great time. Lots of support and encouragement along the way. We will return next year.
arlene
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2022
A great 10k event.
christopher
Star
3.7
Did the race in 2022
A very well organised and enjoyable marathon.
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Recent Questions
Debbie Wort
03/10/2021
is there a leaderboard?
Constantine Louloudis
04/10/2021
Hi Debbie, yes there is here! https://www.chiptiming.co.uk/events/baxters-loch-ness-marathon-2021/
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