Simon Tonui of Birchfield Harriers was the winner of the 2009 Baxters Loch Ness Marathon today (Sunday 4 October), crossing the finish line in a record 2 hours 20 minutes and 13 seconds, beating the previous course record set by Thomas Abyu in 2003 by 46 seconds.
In another victory, the Macdonalds stormed home as winners of the Run Home Clan Challenge celebrating Scotland’s Year of Homecoming, beating ancient clan rivals the Mackenzies into second place.
Over 7,500 runners entered the 2009 Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running which took place today in almost perfect running conditions with brilliant autumn sunshine and very little wind.
Over forty different nationalities were represented at the event, with athletes from as far afield as Australia, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Nepal, USA and Zimbabwe.
Last year the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running attracted an additional £1.87M to the economy of the local area.