Run Stirling will be centre stage for athletics in Scotland this weekend, offering a great day out for all the family, from the international and inter-district cross-country races to the sold out mass participation 7km Great Stirling Castle Run.
Dunblane Olympian Andy Butchart will be sure to be a draw for the home crowds as he leads Scotland in the Home Countries XC International. The Kings Park course is essentially ‘home turf’ for the athlete, who trained in Kings Park on many occasions a few years ago while coming through the ranks with Central AC.
Fellow GB international Mhairi Maclennan will lead the Scotland Senior Women’s team in the Home Countries match with England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
BBC to live stream cross-country races
All the action from Run Stirling 2020’s cross-country races is being streamed live online via BBC Scotland’s website and by Vinco Sport at www.runjumpthrow.com. The Vinco coverage will also be streamed to North American audiences at www.runnerspace.com.
Athletes of all ages and abilities will be making Stirling their first-foot for sports this New Year. All races are part of the British Cross Challenge Series, which gives up-and-coming athletes the opportunity to match themselves against established cross-country stars with competitive fields across all age groups: senior, under-20, under-17, under-15 and under-13.
With the Great Castle Run 7k trail race full, there will be around 3000 people running on Saturday within King’s Park and the vicinity.
The Run Stirling event is under starters orders thanks to a partnership between Stirling Council, EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, and scottishathletics – with Great Run staging the Great Castle Run 7.4k trail race.
Stirling the perfect host for top class sporting events
Convenor of Stirling Council’s Community Planning and Regeneration Committee, Councillor Chris Kane, said: “Stirling has a growing reputation for bringing top class sporting opportunities to the area and I want this event to become as synonymous with the start of the New Year as fireworks and resolutions.
“Whether you are taking part, going to support somebody, watching the amazing elite athletes in action, or simply looking to soak up a great sporting atmosphere in spectacular surroundings, I know you will have a great day out.
“Good luck to all those who are taking part and if anyone is already looking for their next challenge, there is still time to get training for Stirling’s marathon in October.”
Helping get people active
Vice Convenor, Councillor Maureen Bennison, said: “It is great that the festival of running is helping to ring in the New Year at Stirling. We believe this is an excellent event which is accessible for the whole community given people of all ages and abilities can take part.
“The fact that the Great Stirling Castle Run has been completely filled is a fantastic boost to the city’s bid to get people active, helping them keep fit and healthy, while tackling an exciting course past some of Stirling’s most iconic landmarks.”
VisitScotland's Director of Events, Paul Bush OBE, said: "EventScotland is delighted to be supporting Stirling Council and scottishathletics through our National Events Programme to deliver Run Stirling; a fantastic blend of elite and junior cross country racing alongside the mass participation Castle Run, delivered by Great Run.
“Events play a key role in our visitor economy by helping to bring spectators and athletes to cities and towns across Scotland. Set against the stunning backdrop of Stirling Castle, Run Stirling offers a great day out whether it’s taking part or watching one of the day’s many races.”
Races for all ages and abilities
Set against the iconic backdrop of Stirling Castle and across the grounds of Stirling Golf Club and historic Kings Park, the Festival of Running is offering a variety of events, including:
- A 7km Great Stirling Castle Run
- Primary Schools 1km fun run.
- Inter-District Championships - North, East, West District representative teams.
- Celtic Cross Country International - Scotland v Wales v Ireland v N.Ireland.
- Home Countries Cross Country International - Scotland v England v Wales v N Ireland.
The Stirling Scottish Marathon will return to the city on Sunday 11th October, further cementing Stirling’s reputation as a key location for top class sporting events.