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Race for Life 5K & 10K – Inverness

Bught Park Pitches, Bught Rd, Inverness IV3 5SP, UKView event
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Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running

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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Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running

19 High St, Inverness IV1 1HY, UKView event
15 reviews
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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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  • Did the event in 2018

    ### Training
    The unusually hot summer followed by some work crap and then a health scare to top it all off meant the last few months have been really pretty ropey training wise and it had hit my motivation pretty hard. My weekly mileage wasn’t bad and I had managed some limited structured training (a few speed and hill sessions when time and motivation permitted) but any regular weekend long runs were missing so I had already resigned myself to getting round and trying and enjoy myself.

    ### Pre-race
    The 500+ mile drive up from Northamptonshire to Inverness was split over the Friday evening after work and most of Saturday with an overnight in a Premier Inn in Carlisle. The Saturday drive through the Highlands was stunning (especially the A9 from Perth to Inverness through the Cairngorms, wow!) so I had high expectations for a race that prides itself on its scenery.

    After collecting my race pack on Saturday from the village I could see that parking might be a bit of an issue so set my alarm for 5am and got changed into my gear in the bathroom of our hotel room so to not wake the family. Even after a mad panic scrabbling around in the dark looking for my car keys (had laid everything else out in the bathroom, but forgot the bloody keys which I’d left in the back pocket of my jeans, now neatly folded in a wardrobe!!!) I was still one of the first cars at the parking they’d put on for marathon runners at the village (and finish) in Bught Park.

    Smashed down two packs of pre buttered Soreen fruit loaf with some water and managed about 30 minutes sleep in my car before my second alarm woke me.

    The race route is a point to point; starting in the mountains and finishing back in Inverness and the runners (all 4000+ of them) are bussed out to the start. The bus collection was quite a sight; it looked like they’d scrambled every bus, coach and minibus in the Scottish Highlands. Everyone piled on and buses set off in convoy on the north road past Loch Ness to Fort Augustus and up into the mountains.

    Like the cool kid that I am I grabbed a seat at the back of the bus, got my hood up and managed to catch another half an hour of sleep on the hour long bus journey.

    The drop off was beautiful, pine forests on either side of the road and the clouds in the valley below. A temporary race start village had been set up with a load of portaloos and urinals shipped in, a full PA system with speakers at regular intervals along the road and a very entertaining guy making timing announcements, giving shout outs, shouting at those peeing in the woods and just adding some general fun to the proceedings.

    The bag drop was in the form of a few large lorries split into sections by race number.

    I hit the loo, grabbed some sugary tea to get the taste of SiS Go out of my mouth and stripped out of my tracksuit bottoms and hoodie, replacing them with a very fetching bin bag outfit. Extra gear in the bag, bag in the bag drop and with twenty minutes to go it was time to head down the road to the start.

    Hold on, I need to pee again, dammit.

    Queue for the toilets is huge and I’m now down by the start.

    Maybe I’ll leave it. Maybe it’s just nerves, besides it’s a long run, it might reabsorb or something, that’s how the body works, right?

    No? Ah no, it’s not nerves, definitely need to go, right off into the wilderness to water a pine tree. Not my proudest moment but I wasn’t alone stood there amongst my fellow runners peeing into the wilderness with thousands of runners assembling along the road behind us.

    ### Race
    The race route didn’t disappoint in its natural beauty, the whole course drops 1000ft but for the first half it felt like every drop was met with a similar climb. I settled into a comfortable rhythm, enjoyed the scenery and even managed to take some photos along the way as the course snakes through the countryside and down eventually to the Loch itself.

    Around mile 7 we started to see the Loch, rain came in around mile 15 which was a nice relief. I started to take more notice of my pace and by my maths it seemed like I could be on for a sub-4 which surprised me. I only needed 10 min mile pace from here on and had been comfortably doing 8:45-9ish but needed to stay focussed and not get complacent and burn out later on like I did in the Milton Keynes Marathon last year.

    Then came the hill... they’d teased about it with a roadside sign that suggested there was a bit of an incline ahead and I cracked open the first of my SiS caffeinated gels I’d reserved for the second half to give me an extra pick me up but my legs had nothing left by the time I got to it. A 300ft climb over two miles.

    Once that was over pace still looked promising for a sub-4.

    I hit a wall at mile 24, my legs felt ok but something in me just couldn’t give any more, walk-ran for a bit as we headed into Inverness and the crowds started to line the course.

    Along the River Ness to the bridge, then over it and back on ourselves for the last stretch where I got a second wind from somewhere; a woman went past at an almost sprint pace and spurred me on to push for the finish in 3:52:58. A new marathon PB and finally my elusive sub-4!

    I wandered through the finish channel like a zombie collecting my medal and freebies on the verge of tears then collapsed in a heap on the grass.

    ### Post-race
    Bag collection was fun; it’s only when you’re trying to point out your bag to the volunteers when you realise what a silly idea it was to bring a 25l black Berghaus rucksack that looks identical to EVERYONE ELSE’S but after the fourth bag I’d pointed out as “definitely mine” I got my bag and after a quick trip to the gift stand to buy some key rings and a running cap I headed back to the car and a shower back in the hotel.

    Usual stiffness afterwards in my legs and did seem to suffer some unfortunately positioned chafing this time around which has actually outlived any muscle pain since so will be looking at some better compression shorts for future events.

    A great event, very well organised in a beautiful part of the world plus an unexpected PB so overall an amazing weekend. Will definitely be back when time and family commitments permit.

  • Did the event in 2018

    The number pick-up is very easy although the expo is a little more low-key than most marathons (frankly a bit of a waste of time). The bus trip to the start is good, a beautiful scenic drive around the Loch. Toilets at the start are still shocking!! I last did this race in 2011 and they've learnt nothing!! Stop bitching at the runners forced to "toilet" in the beautiful surroundings when you provide so few toilets - I queued for half an hour and gave up. Also the loo queue runs alongside the bag drop trucks which is bonkers and irritating. There was a very long queue for tea/coffee so I wouldn't rely on that! More toilets required at the aid stations too!! The bags had been dumped on the floor at the finish and the 3 rain showers had soaked my "dry clothes" - note to self (and everyone) - put your drop bag in a water proof container. You might think I didn't enjoy this from these comments - but the reality is this is a beautiful marathon, well marshalled, amazing photos (if very expensive) and I would absolutely recommend the race to anyone! Inverness is a fantastic city, parkrun on Saturday at Alness (after a bus trip) was fantastic! The pipers before the start were brilliant, did I mention the course is bloody beautiful (if a little undulating) and the finish into Inverness a real highlight. You're well looked after when you finish and I wouldn't hesitate to do it again!
  • Did the event in 2018

    Have done this marathon twice now . Very well organised . You register and collect your race number at Bught Park on the Saturday and I would recommend that you stay in Inverness on the Saturday night due to the early start in the morning . You have to be at the ice rink in Bught Park between 6:45 and 7:15 to get the buses to the start line . Buses leave at 7:45 and you are driven up the north side of Loch Ness through Drumnadrochit up to Fort Augustus then up in to the high ground beside Whitebridge where the start line the bus journey gives you stunning views of Loch Ness as the sun rises on the convoy of buses heading up . Once at the start you are dropped off about an hour and 20 mins before the race starts so there are portaloos , tea and coffee to occupy yourself for a wee while and to change and put your bag on the baggage trucks . Wrap up warm for going to the start because it can get cold but it wasn't ti bad this year some people keep layers on and though them away just at the start they are collected up and given to charity . 10am the race starts the first 5 mile is almost all downhill so you have to watch and not set off to fast first steep hill is at 5 miles and gives you a feel for what's to come . At just over 6 miles you past through Foyers then head downhill again and Loch Ness comes in to sight through the trees . There are plenty of water and feed stations along route . As you run alongside the loch it's an undulating course for the next 11 miles then you come to Dores where you need to gather yourself for what is known as the wee Nessie the hill which goes on for about 2 miles taken you up to the 21 mile marker beside Scaniport , now depending how you have done before this hill it is a tough challenge and very tiring . There is one more smaller hill than this so the last 4 miles are mainly downhill in to inverness and across the bridge and to the finish at Bught Park . There is some support through the villages along the Loch but when you get to last part there are plenty of people cheering ou on through the last 2 miles you here the announcer across the River Ness at Bught Park which makes you feel you are close but you still have that 2 miles to go . As you head to the finish line you pass a huge inflatable Nessie about 50 metres or so from the line a welcome sight after the long run you have just done . Although tiring and tough the scenery is breathtaking both on the bus journey up and the marathon itself the organisation, volunteers and support from all the spectators make it a very special day you won't ever forget and probably would want to repeat again sometime .
£5 - £57
Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running

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