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Where to watch the Inverness Half Marathon from start to finish today

By Will Clark

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Inverness Half Marathon 2023 start. Picture: Callum Mackay.
Inverness Half Marathon 2023 start. Picture: Callum Mackay.

THE Inverness Half Marathon and 5k has announced 4240 runners have entered to take part in Sunday’s event.

Organisers say the Inverness Half Marathon has attracted a capacity entry of 2940 runners with an additional 1300 taking part in the accompanying 5k.

Both races start at the banks of the River Ness at Bught Park and will finish at Queen’s Park Stadium at Inverness Leisure Centre.


The Inverness Half Marathon is also playing host to the Scottish Half Marathon and North District Championships. The Half Marathon starts at 12.30pm with the 5k starting at 12.45pm.

The Inverness Half 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 at Inverness Sports Centre.

Race Director Malcolm Sutherland says it promises to be a fantastic event.

He said: “It’s shaping up to be a fantastic day of racing with so many top quality athletes coming to Inverness.

“We are proud to be hosting both the Scottish and North District championships once again this year, which adds a bit of extra spice to the proceedings.

“It will be interesting to see if Mhairi Maclennan can break the excellent course record set by Natasha Phillips in 2023, while any one of a number of runners could threaten Robbie Simpson’s 2018 men’s record of 1:04:27.

“We are delighted that we have capacity fields for the half marathon and the accompanying 5k and entries for both had to close early.

“We have a record 1300 runners in the 5k, more than 40 per cent of whom come from local schools, sports clubs and youth groups. We can assure everyone that they’ll receive a warm and enthusiastic welcome.”

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