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Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running

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Tickets £5–£57, Charity places available

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Distances in this event

  1. Marathon

    Run 40.2km
    Tickets & Charity places available
  2. 10K

    Run 10km
    Tickets & Charity places available
  3. 5k

    Run 5km
    Tickets & Charity places available
  4. Corporate Team Challenge

    Run 10km
    Tickets & Charity places available
  5. Wee Nessie Under 5s Race

    Run 0.4km
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Event details

  • Road
  • Finisher’s medal
  • Closed roads
  • Mixed
  • 3000 participants

From the organizer

Organizer's website

The Baxters Loch Ness Marathon is quite possibly one of the most stunning marathons in the world. With spectacular scenery, fantastic atmosphere and a truly memorable experience its no wonder it was voted in the top 10 UK marathons by Runners World readers in 2016 and is on the bucket list for many runners from around the world.

Breathtakingly beautiful, friendly atmosphere, flawless organisation, felt like a festival not just a race are just some of the comments we had from our runners in 2016 so why not come and experience it for yourself?

The Loch Ness Marathon follows a spectacular point-to-point route alongside world famous Loch Ness, starting in an atmospheric moorland setting and continues through stunning Highland scenery, taking you along the south-eastern shores of Loch Ness, across the River Ness, to finish in Inverness, capital city of the Highlands.

Why not make a Highland weekend of it and come with family or friends? Theres plenty to entertain runners and spectators over the weekend with a free Sports Expo, Baxters Food & Drink Fayre, live music, kids activities and a Wee Nessie for under-5s.

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What’s Included

Your Entry Fee Includes:

    1. Finisher’s technical t-shirt
    2. Finisher’s medal
    3. Goody bag
    4. Post-race food
    5. Electronic timing
    6. Downloadable finisher’s certificate
    7. Highland Spring water and hydration stations along the route
    8. Feed stations along the route
    9. Coach transport to marathon start
    10. Baggage transfer from start to finish
    11. Fantastic Festival at the finish

The marathon is open to runners aged 18 and over on the day of the race.

Course Details

The 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.

The 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 before turning left on to 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.

The 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!

Raceday Logistics

Pre-race registration for Marathon takes place 10.00-18.00 on Saturday 5 October at Event Village, Bught Park, Inverness, IV3 5SQ.

All marathon runners must collect their race pack (including timing tag and baggage label). Please ensure you bring photo ID with you.

All marathon runners are transported by bus to the marathon start from outside the Ice Rink at Bught Park, Inverness IV3 5SQ (located a 10-minute walk from the Event Village).  Please arrive by 07.15 at the latest.

There are pick-ups from Drumnadrochit Village Car Park at 08.15 and from Fort Augustus Village Car Park at 08.40.

There are picks up from the following locations along south Loch Ness:

  • 07.30 Dores (opposite Dores Inn)
  • 07.45 Inverfarigaig – juncion of Inverfarigaig Pass/B852
  • 07.55 Lower Foyers junction with B852
  • 08.00 Foyers Stores
  • 08.15 Junction of B862 & B852
  • 08.25 Whitebridge Hotel

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.


When will I receive my race pack or race number?

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.

Marathon runners collect their race pack (including timing tag and baggage label) at pre-race registration on Saturday 5 October at Event Village, Bught Park, Inverness IV3 5SQ between 10.00-18.00. Please ensure you bring photo ID with you.

Are there distance markers on the course?

Yes, there are ascending mile markers on the marathon route.

How many drink and feed stations are there on the marathon route?

There are

  • 8 Highland Spring water stations on the route at miles 2.9, 6.15, 9.6, 13.6, 17.3, 20, 23.2, 24.6; and at the start and finish
  • 4 feed stations at miles 6.1, 13.5, 19.9, 23.2
  • 3 sports hydration stations at miles 8, 15.8, 21.5

Are there distance markers on the course?

Yes, there are ascending mile markers on the marathon route.

Are there showers and changing facilities?

Showers are located at Bught Stadium within Bught Park, approx 300m walk behind the Event Village. A changing tent is located within the Event Village.

Are there toilets on the course?

Yes, there are portable toilets at the start and at every water station along the marathon route as follows. There are also portable toilets at the Event Village and the bus departure point.

  • Mile 2.9 , Mile 6.3, Mile 9.6, Mile 13.6, Mile 17.3, Mile 20.0, Mile 23.1, Mile 24.6

Can I run wearing headphones?

Wearing headphones is NOT permitted in any of the races under Scottish and UK Athletics rules.

We DO allow the use of headphones that use bone conductor technology, which allow the wearer to be aware of their surroundings. However, this is at your own risk and if an incident occurs as a result of, or made worse by, you wearing these headphones you may be held liable.

Are buggies and pushchairs allowed in any of the races?

For safety reasons, we do not allow runners in the marathon or 10K to take buggies onto any sections of the route.
Buggies are allowed in the 5K and are also welcome in the Wee Nessie, which is for pre-school age children (5 and under).

Can I run in fancy dress?

We welcome runners in fancy dress however we do reserve the right to prevent you from participating in any race if we consider that the fancy dress outfit may cause danger or risk of danger to you or other participants. We’re sorry but you can’t use roller skates, push a wheel barrow, pull a hand cart or use walking poles.

Are dogs allowed?

Unfortunately, we can’t allow any dogs on the course.

Can I get a photograph of myself running the race?

Yes, there will be photographers located on the course and at the finish. Their photographs will be available to purchase online within 72 hours of the event at Marathon Photos.

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