Great Stirling Castle Run launched

Entries now open for new 7.4km off-road event

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The Simplyhealth Great Stirling Castle Run, a new off-road event in Scotland staged by one of the most prolific race organisers in Britain has been launched.

Held in conjunction with the Simplyhealth Great Stirling XCountry, which replaces the elite event at Edinburgh, the 7.4km event with 190m of elevation will take place on January 12.

Taking place through historic Stirling on paths, roads and trails, starting and finishing in Kings Park, the scenic course will take runners through some of the city’s iconic locations.

Great Run’s premier winter fixture was first held in the North East of England in 1988 before moving to Edinburgh. Over the years, elite athletes at the televised event have included Mo Farah, Eliud Kipchoge, Kenenisa Bekele, Paula Radcliffe, Liz McColgan and Haile Gebrselassie.

Great Run Company chairman Brendan Foster said: "We're delighted to announce a brand new event for Stirling in 2019.

"As we have already learned with the development of the marathon and half marathon as part of the Simplyhealth Great Stirling Run over the last two years, Stirling is a city that embraces sport and activity, and I'm sure this event will prove to be just as popular with runners.

"Having the event take place at the same time as the Simplyhealth Great Stirling XCountry will make it a real festival of sport on the day.

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