Great Stirling Castle Run 2019: everything you need to know
Thousands of people- including professional athletes- will take to the streets as part of the Great Stirling XCountry event on Saturday (12 January).
With two events taking place over the course of the day the event has attracted substantial media attention, with the BBC covering the action as it unfolds.
The 7km race begins in Kings Park, before looping round King’s Knot and Stirling Castle, before climaxing at the starting line once again.
The timeline of the days events are as follows:
8:30- event village and information points open
9:30-12:00 – Simplyhealth Great Stirling Castle run (morning session)
9:30- orange wave
10:00- white wave
11:30- blue wave
11:00- green wave
11:30- pink wave
10:25-11:30- inter district races
12:00-14:30- Simplyhealth Great Stirling Castle Run (afternoon session)
12:30- orange wave
13:00- white wave
13:30- blue wave
Runners are advised to arrive at least 45 minutes before their given start time.
Event organisers are encouraging runners to use public transport to make their way to registration points as there is no designated parking for the event.
There are also a number of road closures in place, including the following:
– Queen’s Road, between Victoria Place and Dumbarton Road – 8am – 5.30pm
– Royal Gardens, between Albert Place and Greenwood Avenue – 8am – 5.30pm
– Greenwood Avenue, between Albert Place and Victoria Road- 8am – 5.30pm
– Ballengeich Road, between Raploch Road and Ballengeich Pass – 8am – 5.30pm
– Ballengeich Road, between Bellengeich Road and Upper Castlehill – 8am – 5.30pm
– Upper Castlehill, between Bellengeich Pass and Lower Castlehill – 8am – 5.30pm
– Dumbarton Road, between Raploch Road and Queens Road – 8am – 5.30pm
– Albert Place, between Queens Road and Victoria Place – 8am – 5.30pm
– Park Avenue, between Drummond Place and Park Place – 8am – 4.00pm
Scotland’s European champion Laura Muir is one of those taking part in the afternoon race:
Stirling Council Leader Scott Farmer said: “We are looking forward to showcasing our stunning city to a world-wide TV audience as a must-visit destination, while the influx of visitors will also deliver an economic boost at a quieter time of year.
“It’s wonderful news that all the places have been filled in the Great Stirling Castle Run, with participants from all over the country grasping the opportunity to take part in this unique and unforgettable event.”