Record entry and new attractions at Festival of Running proves an exciting weekend for runners and spectators

Baxters Loch Ness Marathon

Over 8,600 runners from 41 countries entered this weekend’s Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running, the UK’s most scenic marathon. In a new development for 2010, runners crossed the finish line in the new event village in a stunning location adjacent to the River Ness at Bught Park. A corresponding move in the start-line at Whitebridge on the south-side of Loch Ness ensured a faster start for the marathon, and brought about faster times overall.  

The mild, damp start to the day didn’t dampen the runners’ enthusiasm for an event which welcomes participants of all ages and abilities to the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon, River Ness 10K, 10k Corporate Challenge, River Ness 5k, and, new for this year, the Wee Nessie.

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer at EventScotland, the national events agency, said: “Year on year, the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon continues to set the benchmark for running festivals throughout the country. With over 8,000 runners participating, beautiful scenery and a host of new attractions, the 2010 edition proved no exception. Showcasing the very best of Scotland’s natural assets, it is a great example of why Scotland is the perfect stage for events. ”

Runners participating in last year’s event generated over £660,000 for charity, and brought benefit of over £2,178,066 to the local area.

For further information on all aspects of the event visit www.lochnessmarathon.com.

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