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Loch Ness Festival of Running will feature biggest ever number of entries


By Will Clark


A monster entry of more than 9400 runners will make this weekend’s Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running the biggest ever.

A record entry of runners from all over the world will be taking part in the biggest event of its kind in the Highlands.

More runners than ever before will compete in Sunday's Loch Ness Marathon, 10k and 5k races as part of the annual Festival of Running.
More runners than ever before will compete in Sunday's Loch Ness Marathon, 10k and 5k races as part of the annual Festival of Running.

A total of 5200 runners will be taking part in the 26.2 mile marathon challenge while 4200 runners will be competing in events including the River Ness 10k, River Ness 5k and Wee Nessie for children under five-years-old.

When the event was first held in 2002, a total of 845 runners took part.

It has grown to over 10 times the size 17 years later.

Race director Malcolm Sutherland has been involved in the event since day one and never thought it would grow as big as it has become to have a worldwide appeal.

“It is incredible to have over 9400 entries,” he said.

Read more in today's Highland News.



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