… including quality athletes, actors and comedians.
This year’s Global Energy Inverness ½ Marathon has attracted a record number of entries this weekend, as the popular Highland event celebrate its 30th anniversary.
Over 3500 runners will line up to start one of three races on Sunday, 9th March – the Inverness ½ Marathon, 5K Team Attack or 5K Fun Run – in what promises to be an exciting day of racing.
A quality field of runners promises a tight battle for the titles and prize money, with some competitors travelling from as far afield as Australia as well as countries closer to home such as Denmark, Germany, Poland and Spain.
Some of those taking part from the home nations are well-kent faces to both Invernessians and to TV fans.
As the acting stars of CBeebies popular pre-school show Woolly and Tig, the McCredie family are familiar with facing tasks together, which should serve them well as they prepare to tackle the Inverness ½ Marathon’s 5K Fun Run route.
Colin McCredie is best known for his TV roles in Taggart and River City and in Danny Boyle’s film Shallow Grave, and is currently starring in CBeebies popular pre-school show Woolly and Tig. He will be running the riverside route of the 5K Fun Run with his wife Simone as well as his daughters Betsy (5) and Maisie (8) – the respective face and voice of the much-loved children’s character Tig who guides young viewers through the world of new experiences with the help of eight-legged sidekick Woolly. They are running to help raise money for the event’s official charity – Highland Hospice.
Colin said: “Team McCredie is gearing up for the Inverness 1/2 Marathon’s 5K Fun Run on Sunday. We’re all very excited about the trip up North and are currently close to hitting our £500 target in sponsorship for the Highland Hospice. Fingers crossed for good weather and what will be a fantastic family event!”
The family, who sadly have firsthand experience of watching a loved one fight cancer, will be taking part to help raise the profile of the work of hospices and the ever present need for fundraising.
Highland Hospice Events & Community Fundraiser Carola Highet said, “We are so excited about this weekend’s Global Energy Inverness 1/2 Marathon. We are really grateful to Global Energy Group for nominating us as the event’s official nominated charity and are looking forward to seeing a sea of yellow t-shirts running in support of Highland Hospice. Thanks to everyone who has entered on our behalf and good luck to all the runners this Sunday – we are keeping our fingers crossed for a nice day!”
Two regular and recognisable visitors to Inverness this weekend are comedians Ray Bradshaw and Rob Deering. Seen regularly at the HappyNess Comedy Festival in the Highland capital each year, they are performing at Eden Court on the Sunday evening, and decided a bit of exercise and some fresh Highland air in preparation for the show wouldn’t go amiss.
Ray commented: “I’m trying not to find out too much about the course because that means it’s actually happening. I’ve sent an email to the organisers to ask if I can compete in heelies for a bit of extra help. Fingers crossed!”
Rob added: “I’m really looking forward to Sunday. I love running in Scotland; this’ll be my first run in Inverness and my first Caledonian distance run. I’ve been fitter than I am right now, so I’ll have a good time – but a tough time – and I might get a disappointing time… we’ll see.”
Global Energy Group is the race sponsor for a third year. The company’s Communications Director, Alastair Kennedy said he was looking forward to a closely fought ½ Marathon. “What a great line-up of athletes we have this year! It promises to be thrilling viewing at the finish line. And with so many people registered to take part in this year’s races, we know that a lot of money will be raised for worthwhile causes. I wish everyone good luck on the day!”
Race Director Malcolm Sutherland of Caledonian Concepts said: “We are delighted that more runners than ever before are joining us this year – it helps make the event’s 30th anniversary extra special. The numbers may also increase further as we have a few limited places available for the 5K Fun Run on the day. It will also be encouraging to see a few famous faces among the crowd. We hope everyone has a great day on Sunday, and that their training and fund-raising efforts are well rewarded.”