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    Stirling Marathon to return in 2020

    Written by on October 9, 2019

    Despite initially being cancelled, the Stirling Scottish Marathon WILL be held next year.

    Stirling Council have found a new backer for the event, with the race being moved to later in the year.

    There had been complaints back in April about it taking place on the same day as the London Marathon.

    The race will use the same course as the 2019 version, with only “slight refinements” along the route.

    It will be the showpiece of a ‘Festival of Running’ taking place across the city during the weekend of the 10th/11th October 2020.

    The Stirling Marathon will return in October 2020

    Scottish Marathon record holder Callum Hawkins was present for today’s official launch event at Stirling Castle, after finishing 4th at the recent World Athletics Championships in Doha.

    He said, “It’s great to see that the Stirling Scottish Marathon will continue in 2020.

    “The course is well known as one of the most picturesque and scenic marathon courses in the world with tremendous support in every village and town that the runners pass through.

    “Whether you are a first time marathoner, running for charity, or just looking for a personal best the Stirling Scottish Marathon fits the bill.

    “Scotland needs great events like this.”

    Councillor Chris Kane commented, “We’re delighted to be working with Classic Run Events to deliver on our long-term ambition to create a world class marathon event.

    “This is great news for our local economy, for local tourism, for local charities and for our city.

    “My thanks to the team at Stirling Council for all the stellar work behind the scenes to make this happen.

    “Now it’s time for runners from all over the country to plan their training schedules, choose a charity to fundraise for and get ready to run through some of the most spectacular surroundings of any race anywhere in the world.”

    Steve Simpson, Managing Director of new backers Classic Run Events said, “Members of our senior team were involved in the origination and marketing of the very first Stirling Scottish Marathon when we took the idea to Stirling Council in 2016 who quickly saw the potential behind an event of this kind.

    “One of the highlights for the 7,000 runners in 2017 was to run alongside athletics legends Liz McColgan and Zola Budd.

    “In 2020, like in 2017, runners will “Run through the heart of Scotland and Run through history.”

    Last year’s winners Michael Wright and Jenn Wetton, both of Central Athletics, also attended this morning’s launch.

    Michael said, “The marathon has had tremendous involvement from local communities, volunteers, charities and runners from all over Central Scotland and beyond.

    “I’m delighted that it’s returning next year.

    “All being well I’ll be trying to complete a hat-trick of wins!”

    Jenn added, “It’s a wonderful marathon course with fantastic supporters along the route.

    “The back drop of Stirling Castle and Wallace Monument make this one of the most awe inspiring runs I’ve ever taken part in.

    “I’m especially pleased that the prize money for elite athletes has been significantly increased to reflect the status and importance of the new look event.”

    You can find more information by visiting http://www.thestirlingmarathon.co.uk