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12 MARCH 2017

Over 3,000 runners to descend on the Highland capital this weekend for Inverness Half Marathon and 5K Fun Run

Over 3,000 runners are set to pound the streets of the Highland capital this weekend when the Inverness Half Marathon gets under starter’s orders on Sunday (March 13, 2016).

Tens of thousands of pounds is expected to be raised for charities and good causes by runners completing the 13.1 mile course and the accompanying 5K Fun Run.

The starting gun will sound for the half marathon on Bught Road at 12.30pm, and a pipe band will also provide music to get runners warmed up and ready to race.

The 5K Fun Run – which is open to adults and children and will have a limited number of entries available on the day – will get underway from the same start line a short time later at 12.40pm.

Both races will finish on the track at Queen’s Park Stadium, where a huge crowd is expected to gather to cheer runners across the line.

Race director Malcolm Sutherland says, “It never ceases to amaze us that people turn out in their hundreds to cheer people on and congratulate them on their achievement.

“Many spectators are there just to see one person, but they greet everyone with enthusiasm and it’s that kind of welcome that makes the Inverness Half Marathon such a friendly event.

“It’s also a great atmosphere because it is such an inclusive event. We’ll have elite athletes from all over the UK aiming to win or at the least set a PB, right down to mums and dads who are taking part in the 5K with their children to raise some money for charity.”

The official charity of both events is the Highland Hospice, with funds raised going towards the Project Build campaign.

The vital facility is edging closer towards its £4.5m target: around £900,000 still needs to be raised to help cover the costs of doubling the size of the in-patient department, upgrading the day therapies centre and improving other facilities.

But lots of other charities and good causes operating throughout the Highlands and beyond also stand to benefit, and many groups use it to help boost their own funds.

Clachnacuddin FC Youth Development will have in the region of 35 runners pounding the 5K course to raise money for their group, while Inverness Shinty will have around 20 runners clocking up the miles for group funds.

Malcolm adds, “The fact that so many people use this event to raise money for charities is fantastic. We are very proud to host a quality event, but equally as proud that the Inverness Half Marathon and 5K is helping to make a difference to people in the Highlands.”

The lead runners in the 5K should arrive at Queens Park Stadium just before 1pm, while the winner of the half marathon is expected to take the tape around 1.30pm.

A number of roads in Inverness will be closed for a time on Sunday as a result of the event. These are:

Bught Avenue between its junction with Bught Road and Bught Drive    1200 – 153 (Full closure)

Bught Road between  Bught Avenue junction and Bught Lane    1245 – 1530 (Eastbound closure)

Bught Road / Ness Walk from Bught Avenue to Bishop’s Road    1030 – 1530 (Full closure)

Bishop’s Road from Ardross Terrace to Ness Walk 1215 – 1500 (southbound closure)

Castle Road from Haugh Road junction to Bridge Street 1130 – 1500 (Inverness-bound closure)

Cavell Gardens / Ness Bank from Castle Road to Island Bank Road 1130 – 1500    (closed to through traffic) access to local properties will be maintained from Castle Road junction.

B862 (Dores Road / Island Bank Road) from Holm Roundabout to Cavell Gardens 1130 – 1500 (Inverness-bound closure) vehicle access for southbound traffic will be maintained at all times

For further information about the event, visit www.invernesshalfmarathon.co.uk

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