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Inverness ½ Marathon

  • 12:30 on Sunday 16 May 2021
  • Age: 17 years or over
  • Price: from £34

Looking for a spring-time challenge, something to train for and work towards through the Autumn and Winter months?

The Inverness ½ Marathon is the perfect Spring race to keep you motivated and training. This popular race follows a scenic route with great PB potential through the Highland capital of Inverness.

The route starts alongside the banks of the River Ness near the centre of Inverness and takes in many of the city’s icons. A warm Highland welcome awaits all runners as they approach the finish line on entering Queen’s Park Stadium at Inverness Sports Centre – achieved by nearly 3000 runners in 2020.

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The Route

The Inverness ½ Marathon starts on the riverside at Bught Park and follows the river along Bishops Road, Ness Walk and Ardross Street before crossing Ness Bridge in the centre of Inverness and turning right into Castle Road beneath Inverness Castle. The route continues south along Ness Bank and Island Bank Road / Dores Road (B862) towards Dores. The route then turns left into Torbreck Road and continues along this quiet rural road before turning into Essich Road and taking in the residential areas of Lochardil and Drummond.  Runners turn right at Holm roundabout and follow the B862 back into the centre of Inverness, turning left over Ness Bridge and running alongside River Ness to the finish on the running track at Queens Park Stadium (Inverness Sports Centre).

Entry Includes

  • Finisher's technical t-shirt
  • Finisher's medal
  • Event giveaway
  • Electronic timing
  • Downloadable finisher's certificate
  • Water stations along the route and at the finish


So the challenge is there: a beautiful run over a course suitable for all levels of ability. We invite you to take your place on the start line in 2021!


Runner Feedback

“ First time doing this race and best organised run I have done, marshaling was excellent, facilities before and after fantastic! Great route with fab support from locals and bagged a PB! ”



I have a question in relation to COVID-19

The health, safety and welfare of our runners, volunteers, staff, partners and stakeholders is at the heart of everything we do and will always remain our priority.

We will continue to follow advice and guidance from the Scottish government and local authorities and take appropriate measures to ensure the safety of everyone involved and the wider public and local community.

The situation and guidelines are likely to change over the course of the next 7 months and full details of the measures required will be confirmed nearer to the event but rest assured we are working hard behind the scenes to ensure we deliver a safe and amazing event experience in 2021.  

Should we have to postpone or cancel the 2021 event due to COVID-19, we will automatically guarantee you a spot in the next edition of the event, and if for any reason you aren’t able to make that date there will be other options available. If you are seeking a refund or deferment for other reasons, our normal terms and conditions will apply.

When do entries close?

Entry for the Inverness ½ Marathon & 5K is open until 23 February 2021, subject to race capacity.

We do not accept any race day entries for the Inverness ½ Marathon although limited race day entries are available on race day for the 5K, subject to race capacity.

How old must I be to compete?

The Inverness ½ Marathon is open to runners aged 17 and over on the day of the race.

What is included in the entry fee?

Your entry fee includes a commemorative finisher’s medal, finisher’s technical t-shirt, event giveaway, electronic timing, downloadable finisher’s certificate, water stations along the route and at the finish.

Can I make changes to my entry?

Changes to your entry, for example club name or your address, can be made by logging into your Active account by 28 February. This link is also included on your confirmation email.  After this date, please tell us at Registration if you wish to make any changes.

Is it possible to enter on race day?

We’re sorry but there are absolutely no race day entries for the Inverness ½ Marathon due to the practicalities of planning for a fixed number of participants. There are limited race day entries for the 5K ONLY, subject to race capacity.

How do I know that my online entry worked?

You will have received a confirmation email at the time of registering, if this did not happen please contact us or you can log-in to the My Events page to check your entry.

Is it possible to transfer my place to another runner or a different race?

If you are no longer able to participate, it is possible to transfer your place to another runner. You can do this by logging into your entry through My Events. Please note it is your responsibility to find a replacement runner and the transfer of place must be completed 6 weeks prior to the event (1st February 2021). Once the new runner has claimed the transfer and paid the full entry fee online, you will automatically be issued with a refund, minus the transfer fee.

Please see our terms and conditions of entry for further information.

We’re sorry but we do not operate a transfer system between races. If you are interested in taking part in another race you can still register online until 23 February 2021 (or earlier if race capacity is reached), but you will have to pay the registration fee.

Please note: Never swap your race number with any other runner, as this could cause problems for our medical teams and results service. If race organisers become aware of anyone who swaps their race number they will be disqualified and reported to Scottish Athletics.

I don’t want to enter online; can I pay for my entry over the phone or by cheque?

We’re sorry but we can only accept entry and payments online.

Do you offer elite entries?

The Inverness ½ Marathon offers a limited number of free entries for elite runners who have achieved the standards specified here within the 24 months prior to the 2021 race.

If you have achieved these standards and are interested in taking part in the race, please email us stating your name, age, email address, club name and details of where and when you have achieved the standards.

Applications will be considered up to 23 February 2021, but only a limited number of places are available and these will be allocated on a first come basis.

When will I receive my race pack or race number?

Race numbers are allocated after the entry closing date, and will be posted on our website. You will receive an email advising you of this.

Half marathon runners are not required to attend pre-race registration as race packs (including race number with timing chip and baggage label) will be sent in late February.

5K runners should attend registration on Sunday 9.30-12.00 at Inverness Sports Centre to collect their race number.

Do I have to attend registration?

There is no pre-race registration for the Inverness 1/2 Marathon as all runners will be sent their race pack (including timing chip and baggage label) by post in advance.

Where can I park?

·         It is anticipated the area around Inverness Sports Centre will be very busy on the morning of the event and traffic flow will be slow. We encourage you to allow plenty of time, park a distance away and walk to the Sports Centre or consider car sharing or walking/cycling where possible.

·        Limited parking will be available at the Inverness Sports Centre and Highland Council car parks (parking charges apply). See parking map here.

How many drink stations are there on the course?

There are 4 water stations on the course located at 3, 6, 9 and 11.5 miles and water will also be available at the finish line.

We are committed to reducing the carbon footprint of the event wherever possible and our aim is to reduce the amount of single use plastic as well as minimise the amount of water that is wasted.  All four water stations on the course will use paper cups instead of water bottles.


Are there distance markers on the course?

Yes, there are ascending mile markers along the ½ Marathon route.

Are there toilets on the course?

Yes, there are portable toilets located at the start line and on the course at 3 and 9 miles. There are also toilets available at the Inverness Sports Centre.

Are there showers and changing facilities?

There are 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.

Is massage available?

Massage will be available in the Sports Hall during Registration and post-race in return for a donation to our official charities.

Has the route been measured accurately?

The ½ Marathon route has been accurately measured by a qualified Scottish Athletics route measurer.

Can I run wearing headphones?

In accordance with Scottish Athletics rules and for health and safety reasons you cannot participate in any of our races whilst listening to any personal music that will restrict your ability to hear the sounds around you on the day.

We do allow the use of earphones that use bone conduction technology, which allow the wearer to listen to music while still being aware of their surroundings.

Can wheelchair users enter the ½ Marathon?

We’re sorry but we do not have a wheelchair race within our ½ Marathon due to safety and logistical reasons, however it is possible to enter the Inverness 5K as a wheelchair entrant.

Are buggies and pushchairs allowed?

For safety reasons, we do not allow runners to take buggies onto any sections of the ½ Marathon route. Buggies are allowed in the 5K.

Are dogs allowed?

Unfortunately, for safety reasons we do not allow dogs to run with you in either of the races. Dogs are also not permitted within Inverness Sports Centre or the finish line at Queens Park Stadium.

Can I be supported by bike along the route?

For safety reasons, it is strictly forbidden for cyclists to cycle alongside runners in either of the races.

Can I run in fancy dress?

We welcome runners in fancy dress however we do reserve the right to prevent you from participating in any race if we consider that the fancy dress outfit may cause danger or risk of danger to you or other participants. We’re sorry but you can’t use roller skates, push a wheel barrow, pull a hand cart or use walking poles.

I am a slow runner; can I still take part?

We welcome all runners to take part in the Inverness ½ Marathon – we also have a few walkers! 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 pavement wherever possible.

What happens if I cannot finish the race?

If you wish to retire at any point during the race, please approach one of our medical or marshal teams. Red Cross first aiders will be located at every water station. Should runners not be allowed to continue for medical reasons or require medical treatment, Race HQ will be notified. For safety reasons, please do not leave the course without informing an event official or marshal.

Can I get a photograph of myself running the race?

Yes, there will be photographers located on the course and at the finish. Their photographs will be available to purchase online within 72 hours of the event at Marathon Photos.

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