Inverness Half Marathon logo

11 MARCH 2018


“Fabulous course, organisation and marshals make this event a must” 2015 Runner

They say the best recommendation comes by word of mouth; if that is true then the Inverness ½ 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’.

How to Enter

Entry for the 2017 Inverness ½ Marathon is now open. 

The ½ 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 ½ Marathon, and strictly no transfers between races or transfer of places to another runner. We do not operate a deferment system.

Please read out Terms & Conditions before entering.

Elite Entry

The Inverness ½ Marathon can offer a limited number of free entries for elite runners who have achieved the standards or awards specified below.

If you have achieved these standards or met the requirements and are interested in taking part in the race, which takes place on Sunday 12 March 2017,  please contact us at

Please give your name, age, club name and details of where and when you have achieved the standards.

Applications will be considered up to 21 February 2017, but only a limited number of places are available and these will be allocated on a first come basis.

Download our Elite Criteria here.

Confirmation of Entry

All runners will receive a confirmation email on entering. Race instructions, along with race number confirmation will be sent by email in early March and be available to download from the website.

Race Day Timings

Sunday 12 March 2017

09.30-11.45 Registration for ½  Marathon, Inverness Sports Centre
12.15 ½ Marathon runners to be assembled at start line
12.30 ½ Marathon Start
14.45 ½ Marathon Prize Giving in Sports Hall



Limited parking will be available at the Inverness Sports Centre and Highland Council car parks. However, it is anticipated that traffic flow will be slow on the morning of the event. We encourage you to park a distance away and walk to the Sports Centre.

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/start area along the river 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.

Please allow plenty of time to get parked and walk to registration.

Please download map for road closures around Inverness Sports Centre.


All participants must register at Inverness Sports Centre between 09.30-11.45 on Sunday 12 March. Please note there will be no race day entries for the ½ Marathon.

You will be required to show a form of photo ID in order to collect your race number. If you are unable to attend registration and wish to send a friend or relative to collect your race number on your behalf, they must bring a form of photo ID for themselves as well as a signed letter of authorisation from you confirming that they can collect your race number.

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. 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.


Baggage labels will be attached to your race number.  Please tear off and attach to the top of your bag in a visible place.  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 also secure lockers within the Sports Centre.

The Start

The ½ Marathon will start at 12.30pm on Sunday 12 March – please make sure that you are at the start line by 12.15.

The start is on Bught Road about 500 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 Route

Click on the map above to view a larger version 

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 ½ 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.

Drink Stations

There are 4 water stations on the course thanks to our sponsor, Highland Spring. These are situated at 3 miles, 6 miles, 9 miles and 11.5 miles and water will also be available at the finish. Water is available in 33cl bottles.

The Finish


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 funnel where you will be presented with your finishers’ medal.

We encourage all runners to join us in the Sports Hall where the prize giving will take place at 14.45.


Results will be made available from Monday 13 March.  If you provide us with your mobile telephone number when entering the race we will be able to text your result to you.


First Aid and Medical Care

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.


Massage will be available from Inverness Therapy Clinic in the Sports Hall during registration and post-race in return for a donation to our official charity, Highland Hospice.

Inverness Therapy

Changing and Shower Facilities

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.


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.

The finish line is on the running track at Queens Park Stadium at Inverness Sports Centre.  We would encourage spectators to come to the Stadium and cheer runners on.

For safety reasons, it is not permitted to accompany runners on foot or by cycle along the race route.

We regret that dogs are not allowed within Queens Park Stadium.

Please visit Spectators and Residents Info for more details, including road closures.

Be Greener

  • The event is held in a beautiful and pristine environment and we are committed to reducing the carbon footprint of the event wherever possible.
  • We are delighted to work with drink suppliers who are reducing the environmental impact of their products and our target is to recycle 95% of the drink containers discarded on race day. Please help us by depositing discarded water bottles and other waste, eg energy gels in rubbish collection points located a short distance from each drink station.
  • We aim to reduce the paper waste from the event. To help us achieve this we produce e-bulletins, updates and newsletters and try to minimise the amount of printed material generated from the event. Please help us reduce paper waste going to land fill by recycling printed material we send you.
  • To help us reduce the travel carbon footprint of the event, we are keen to encourage car sharing or using public transport wherever possible

2018 Date Announced

The 2018 Inverness 1/2 Marathon & 5K will take place on 11 March 2018, with entry opening soon!

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Congratulations & 2017 Results

A huge congratulations to everyone who took part in the 2017 Inverness ½ Marathon and 5K today!  Results for the ½ Marathon can be viewed here.

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A huge thank you to all our fantastic volunteers and our supporting sponsors & partners: Highland Spring, Run 4 It, Clif Bar and Speedy Services.

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2017 Photos

Don’t forget you can get a memento of your race day by looking at Marathon Photos pics of yourself in action here.

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