Sunday May 9th, 2021
Stirling, United Kingdom
“Run through the heart of Scotland and run through history”
Run the most picturesque marathon in the world! The winner of the men’s and women’s elite competition will walk away with a £2,000 cash prize. There are cash prizes for the top three runners in each age group.
|2nd Male||2:30:52||Kevin Wood||34||GBR|
|3rd Male||2:34:19||Donnie Macdonald||40||GBR|
|4th Male||2:40:18||Paul Monaghan||35||GBR|
|2nd Female||3:04:50||Lesley Hansen||32||GBR|
|3rd Female||3:09:55||Rhona Van Rensburg||40||GBR|
|4th Female||3:12:08||Rhona Anderson||50||GBR|
|M 40-49||2:34:19||Donnie Macdonald||40||GBR|
|M 50-59||2:59:10||Günther Kitzinger||51||DEU|
|M 60-69||3:16:39||John Robertson||62||GBR|
|M 70+||3:38:34||TIMOTHY KIRK||70||GBR|
|F 40-49||3:09:55||Rhona Van Rensburg||44||GBR|
|F 50-59||3:12:08||Rhona Anderson||50||GBR|
|F 60-69||4:22:27||Doreen Robins||60||GBR|
|F 70+||6:04:31||Marjorie Hurwitz Bremner||71||GBR|
A run through history… from Stewart kings to the American War of Independence.
You start and finish your 26.2mile journey at The Kings Park, the nation’s oldest Royal Park. Before a mile has gone you skirt the 17th Century monumental gardens of The King’s Knot, which were in place for the Scottish coronation of Charles 1 in 1633.
Then you are in the shadow of the castle itself, sitting on top a crag and tail, dominating the landscape just as it has Scottish history since King Alexander 1 dedicated a chapel there in 1100.
At the cathedral city of Dunblane you are halfway there. You skirt the River Allan by the Riverside Pub, where Robert Burns once supped when working as a gauger or tax collector in 1787. Just 40 metres north, there’s a ford on where the armies of William the Conqueror, Bruce, Wallace and Hadrian all crossed on the way to battle.
Then it is out to Bridge of Allan, looping around the flat of Carse of Lecropt as you finally head homewards. A cave in the nearby Darn Walk inspired Robert Louis Stevenson’s description of Ben Gunn’s refuge in Treasure Island.
By mile 20 you enter the stunning grounds of the University of Stirling with the Wallace Monument towering above. The 150-year-old monument stands tribute to the patriot, martyr, and Guardian of Scotland and overlooks the site of the Battle of Stirling Bridge, which Mel Gibson recreated in Braveheart.
Then it is the last leg of your journey, towards the castle, towards the finishing line at The Kings Park, where you can make your own bit of personal marathon running history.