If you want to run but are not sure where to start, then this event offers a nice entry level. It’s open to people of all ages and abilities including wheelchair entrants and children accompanied by adults.
We find that many friends and family of runners for the Inverness 1/2 Marathon ‘catch the bug’ and like to join in, but appreciate a more gentle challenge. The 5K Fun Run is exactly that, and we would recommend this event as an ideal introduction to organised running.
You can even take the challenge that little bit further by using your run to raise money for good causes. So if you’re thinking you’d like to do some running but haven’t had the opportunity, the 5K Fun Run is for you.
Completion of a 5K is certainly an achievement to be proud of! Entries are limited so don’t be slow to get your place.
To ensure enjoyable participation on the day, we ask that wheelchair entrants notify race organisers prior to the event if they intend to take part.
Entry for the 2016 Inverness 1/2 Marathon will open on 1st August 2015.
The Fun Run is open to runners of all ages and abilities including wheelchair entrants.
Limited entries will be available on race day during registration from 09.30-12.00 in the Sports Hall.
All runners will receive a confirmation email. Race instructions will also be sent by email early in March and be available to download from the website.
09.30-12.00 Registration for 5K Fun Run (limited entries available)
12.20 5K Fun Runners to be assembled at holding area near start
12.30 5K Fun Runners guided to Start
12.45 5K Fun Run Start
All participants must register at Inverness Sports Centre between 09.30-12.00 on Sunday 13 March.
You should bring your email confirmation to registration. This will allow you to collect 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 fun run 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 Fun Run starts at 12.45pm prompt on Sunday 13 March on Bught Road about 400 metres from the Sports Centre and parallel to the River Ness. All Fun Runners should congregate in the holding area no later than 12.20.
Please be sensible where you position yourself at the start, remembering the slower you are, the nearer to the back of the group you should be. If in doubt stay near the back as you can always speed up as the race progresses. Very small children, even if accompanied by adults, should start at the rear of the group.
The route is gentle and scenic. It heads towards Inverness City Centre and then takes two right turns, the first over the River Ness and the second takes you below Ness Castle. It then takes runners alongside the river before crossing through the Ness Islands, past the Ice Rink and into Queens Park Stadium.
The finish is on the running track at Queens Park Stadium. 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.
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 available within the vicinity of the start line.
Schools, clubs and disability groups are welcome to enter teams to run the 5K Fun Run and receive reduced entry fees. For further information about entering a team, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Entry for schools, clubs and groups will open on 1st August 2015.
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, Race Headquarters will be notified.
For safety reasons, please do not leave the course without informing an event official.
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.
The 2016 Inverness 1/2 Marathon & 5K Fun Run will take place on 13 March 2016, with entry opening on 1st August 2015.
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A huge thank you to all our fantastic volunteers and our supporting sponsors: Highland Spring, Run 4 It, Clif Bar and Brooks.