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Stirling Great XCountry run a ‘sporting spectacle’

Stirling’s first ever Great XCountry run is being branded a sporting spectacle after thousands turned out for the event on Saturday.

Screened live on TV to a worldwide audience, the event saw world-leading athletes compete in three races – the individual men’s and women’s, and the innovative mixed relay – for the Stewart Cup.

Although Europe came out on top in the races, Scottish runner Laura Muir gave the crowd something to cheer about as she cross the line first in the mixed relay.

The event, which was held in Stirling for the first time, also gave 1,600 amateur runners the perfect start to the new year by taking part in the inaugural 7km Great Stirling Castle Run.

Council leader Scott Farmer said: “This superb sporting spectacle was a wonderful way for Stirling to start 2019 and another success story for the city. There was a brilliant buzz around the course as people turned out in fantastic numbers to watch world-class athletes in action and to take on exciting running challenges.

“Not only did we successfully stage another high-profile event and showcase our city to a worldwide TV audience, we ensured that residents and visitors had the opportunity to get active as part of our drive to improve health and well-being. Congratulations to all the participants and they should be very proud of their achievements.”

The city will host the third Great Stirling Run, which incorporates the Stirling Marathon, a half marathon event and family events, on April 28.

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