“Fabulous course, organisation and marshals make this event a must” 2013 Runner
They say the best recommendation comes by word of mouth; if that is true then the Inverness 1/2 Marathon has a lot to offer. Our consistently high ratings on ‘Runners World’, the feedback we get from runners, our fantastic scenery and the enjoyable course, all add up to a story of success.
Our sponsors, volunteers, together with our runners, all greatly contribute to an event that has been growing over the past three decades. Its longevity is a testament to the challenge it sets for runners with different goals to pursue.
It is an exceptional event in a lovely setting, staged by a great team.
It’s also worth remembering that no matter what your level is, you can be a winner when you run. Firstly, because the goal is to finish, and secondly, because it’s you against the course and not necessarily the rest of the field. So achieving a personal best time, no matter what it is, represents success.
So come to the Inverness ½ Marathon, run for fun and maybe even run for charity. By taking part you will see that the event is ‘½ marathon, total achievement’.
Entry for the 2016 Inverness 1/2 Marathon on 13 March 2016 is NOW open.
The 1/2 Marathon is open to runners aged 17 and over on day of race. This event is not suitable for wheelchair entrants.
Please note there are absolutely no race day entries for the 1/2 marathon, and strictly no transfers between races or transfer of places to another runner. We do not operate a deferment system.
All runners will receive a confirmation email on entering. Race instructions, along with race number confirmation will be sent by email early in March and be available to download from the website.
Registration for 1/2 Marathon, Inverness Sports Centre
1/2 Marathon runners to be assembled at start line
1/2 Marathon Start
1/2 Marathon Prize Giving in Sports Hall
All participants must register at Inverness Sports Centre between 09.30-11.45 on Sunday 13th March. Please note there will be no race day entries for the 1/2 marathon.
You should bring your email confirmation: this will allow you to collect your race number, timing tag and technical t-shirt.
Your race number includes a tear off baggage label and timing Bib Tag (you do not need to remove the bib tag from your race number).
Please fasten your race number to the front of your t-shirt. If it is not displayed you may be pulled out of the race before the finish and you will not receive your medal or goody bag. Please do not deface your race number: this is contrary to Scottish Athletics’ regulations and will lead to your disqualification.
If you have a medical condition, provide as much information as possible on the reverse of your race number and put a red cross on the front. This is so the doctor and medical teams are aware of any existing medical condition should you require assistance on the course.
For safety reasons, do NOT swap numbers with other runners.
The 1/2 Marathon will start at 12.30pm on Sunday 13 March – please make sure that you are at the start line by 12.15.
The start is on Bught Road about 400 metres from the Sports Centre and parallel to the River Ness.
There will be different start sections dependant on your expected finish time so please be aware of the section you position yourself in. If in doubt, stay near the back as you can always speed up as the race progresses.
Keep warm at the start of the race and please be careful when discarding old clothing or bin bags as they could cause accidents. There will be rubbish bins and charity clothing bins available, so please ensure you place items in the correct place.
The course is on good tarmac roads except at the finish where you cross grass to get onto the running track. The route is well signposted and marshalled with accurate mile markers and directional arrows throughout.
There are 4 water stations on the course, situated at 3 miles, 6 miles, 9 miles and 11.5 miles and at the finish. The course is predominately flat with no testing hills. It is also registered with the Scottish Athletics and is certified as accurate.
We have priority on all roads along the route. However, please keep to the left hand side of the road at all times as it might be necessary for emergency and officials vehicles to travel along the route.
Please note the 1/2 Marathon route is not suitable for wheelchair entrants.
Please follow all instructions and signs at all times to ensure that the safety of runners is not compromised.
Important point: In the interests of safety and to return traffic flows to normal as soon as possible, the organisers advise the course will start closing after 2½ hours. However, marshals will remain in place until the last runner passes. Participants still on the course after this time will be responsible for their own safety and should use the footpaths wherever possible.
The finish is on the running track at Queens Park Stadium at Inverness Sports Centre. The finish area is a secure area with no public access. Once across the line you will move along the line where you will be presented with your finishers’ medal and fantastic goodie bag. Please dispose of your timing chip in the designated area.
We encourage all runners to join us in the Sports Hall where the prize giving and post race entertainment will take place at 14.45.
Results will be made available from Monday 14th March. If you provide us with your mobile telephone number when entering the race we will be able to text your result to you.
Baggage labels will be attached to your race number. There will be space provided at the Sports Centre to leave any baggage. Whilst there will be security in place, please do not leave any valuables as the organisers cannot accept any responsibility for any items lost, damaged or stolen.
There are male and female changing, shower and toilet facilities at the Sports Centre. Please remember that the general public will be using these facilities at the same time and you are asked to consider them whilst you are using them.
Portable toilets are located within the vicinity of the start line and on the course, at approx 3 miles and 9 miles.
The Red Cross will provide first aid and medical care in both static and mobile units. First Aiders will be co-located at every water stop.
If you wish to retire at any point during the race, please approach one of our medical or marshal teams. Should runners not be allowed to continue for medical reasons or require hospital treatment, Event HQ will be notified.
For safety reasons, please do not leave the course without informing an event official or marshal.
Car parking will be available at the Sports Centre, and the surrounding area. Please do not park at the Ice Rink as this is private property and do not leave your car on the streets surrounding the Sports Centre, as these form part of the race route. Illegally parked cars may be removed. Parking stewards will be on hand to give directions and information.
Our spectators have a key part to play in the event. Their cheers of encouragement and congratulations always help to keep the runners on the move.
Please visit Spectators and Residents Info for more details.
Entry for the 2016 Inverness 1/2 Marathon & 5K Fun Run, on 13 March 2016, is NOW open.
Read more about Bobby the Bee and Harvey the Heart here.
A huge thank you to all our fantastic volunteers and our supporting sponsors: Highland Spring, Run 4 It, Clif Bar and Brooks.