This usual space of calm and solitude was transformed on 28 September.
Thousands of runners descended for the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running to bask in their victorious Loch Ness glory.
Hundreds of people lined the streets of Inverness to cheer on weary competitors, who ranged from a one year old in the Wee Nessie Fun Run to an 82 year old who was participating in his first ever marathon.
Race director of the event Malcolm Sutherland says it has become a favourite not just with UK competitors but with those further afield, with 43% of participants registered to take part in the marathon alone hailing from outside Scotland. Jogging participants travelled from Australia, South Africa, Europe, North America and South America.
Sutherland said, “Loch Ness is a world-class backdrop for mass participation sporting events. There is something incredibly special about being able to run in this stunning landscape and the sight of runners making their way along the loch side in their hundreds is inspiring.”
Loch Ness secures pounds for Macmillan
Leading charity provider of the event Macmillan Cancer was expected to generate in the region of £110,000 thanks to the efforts of 350 runners, the biggest ever team from the Macmillan contingent.
Baxters Food Group was the proud sponsor of this event for the 13th year running.
Baxters’ chief financial officer Heather Metcalfe said, “Many congratulations to everyone who ran in the marathon and the other races today.”
Metcalfe concluded with triumph, adding, “I’m always so inspired by the dedication from all the participants, who are running at all levels and ages, and impressed at the amount of money they raise for so many good causes.”
Images from the race: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/f6whq081pmw3l0j/AAB5VNeJC5tFoRPX65AU86OTa?dl=0
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