The day-long festival of running will provide a great day out for all the family, from the mass participation 7km Great Stirling Castle Run to junior and senior cross-country competitions, offering everyone from amateur joggers to fitness fanatics the chance to take part.
The cross-country will also include the Home Countries and Celtic International Games, which will see representatives from Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales battle it out for top honours.
Take part in the British Cross Challenge Series
All races are part of the British Cross Challenge Series, which gives up-and-coming athletes the opportunity to match themselves against established cross-country stars with competitive fields across all age groups: senior, under-20, under-17, under-15 and under-13.
The announcement comes on the back of the news that the Stirling Scottish Marathon will return to the city on Sunday 11th October, 2020, further cementing Stirling’s reputation as a key location for top class sporting events.
Running events for everyone
Set against the iconic backdrop of Stirling Castle and across the grounds of Stirling Golf Club and historic Kings Park, the Festival of Running will offer a variety of events, including:
- A 7km Great Stirling Castle Run
- Primary Schools 1km fun run – All fun run participants will receive a T-Shirt to be worn in the race and a medal at the finish.
- Inter-District Championships - North, East, West District representative teams. - District Selections will be made following the District Championships on 8th December 2019.
- Celtic Cross Country International - Scotland v Wales v Ireland v N.Ireland - Scotland selection will be made in December 2019.
- Home Countries Cross Country International - Scotland v England v Wales v N Ireland - Scotland selection will be made in December 2019.
Convenor of Stirling Council’s Community Planning and Regeneration Committee, Councillor Chris Kane, said: “Our festival of running event has something for everyone. Whether you are taking part yourself, cheering someone, or keen to watch the top class athletes, this event offers a great chance for people to come together and enjoy taking part in sport.
“This feast of sporting action will deliver a significant economic and tourism boost for the city and, with the marathon also returning to our streets next year, is further evidence of Stirling’s growing reputation as a top-class host for sporting events.”
Vice Convenor Maureen Bennison said: “It’s great that the festival of running is helping ring in the New Year at Stirling. It is an excellent event which is accessible for the whole community given people of all ages and abilities can take part and help keep fit and healthy which is a very important message.”
International athletes set to compete
Athlete Mhairi Maclennan, Scotland and GB international from Inverness Harriers, won the Scottish Inter-District title at Stirling in January 2019 at the start of a spell which culminated with a 32nd place finish in the Senior Women’s race in the World Cross in Denmark at the end of March.
Mhairi said: “I think Run Stirling looks like a great event and I’m delighted we’re coming back here in January 2020. There are a number of elements being planned for Saturday 11th January and it is good to hear about the different races.
“I won the Inter-Districts here in 2019. It’s a really good course and to get the chance to mix it with England, Ireland and Wales would be great and something to aim for during training on dark winter nights.”
EventScotland award £25,000 to Run Stirling
The event has been awarded £25,000 of funding from the latest round of EventScotland’s National Events Programme Fund. It is one of five events from across Scotland to receive a share of funding from the team within VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.
VisitScotland’s Director of Events, Paul Bush OBE, said: “Events play a key role in our visitor economy by helping bring spectators and athletes to cities and towns across Scotland. EventScotland is delighted to be supporting Run Stirling through our National Events Programme to help showcase the region as the perfect stage for running events. Set against the stunning backdrop of Stirling Castle, the event offers a great day out whether it’s taking part or watching one of the day’s many races.”
Great Run Company Operation Director Alex Jackson said: “We’re looking forward to bringing the Great Stirling Castle Run back for a second year in January. The event will once again be a fantastic way for runners to start the New Year, tackling a multi-terrain course that passes the scenic King's Knot, Beheading Stone and Stirling Castle before crossing the finish line back in Kings Park.”