hi im running the next loch ness marathon and just hoping to get some information on the course whether its got any hills that i should know about or if its fairly flat.
would be much apreciated for my training.
I'm sorry I can't help you with details on the Loch Ness marathon though.
It's a little quiet in here at the weekend, everyone's out running I guess but there are members from Scotland who will be able to answer some of your questions... probably when they get to work on Monday and log in from there
I live in Inverness so know the area fairly well. We have driven the route you will be running a few times - best way to describe it is 'undulating' - my husband said to say 'think of Nessie's back! A fabulous run I believe - spectacular scenery.
I heard its a great course but there are some hills Don't know the course personally but if you are going to take part we are looking at organising a RF (runners forum) social meet so maybe see you there
I am also doing the Loch ness marathon in October. I don't know the area too well and I have never ran up in that area before.
However, I believe the first four or five miles are relatively downhill but there is a bit of a hill just after this point. From then on it's small ups and downs, until you hit the killer hill at Dores at around 17 miles. Apparently it go's on for 1 and a half miles!
I'm doing it (again) this year, all the descriptions so far are all pretty spot on. The last 3/4 miles is all downhill into Inverness, which is great if you've still got the legs for it. However I hill the 'wall' (believe me, the wall is as real as they come) coming out of Dores and suffered the most painful 40 mins of my life. Other than that its a great run!
Just found this site i was looking for other runners doing the Loch Ness and after info like yourself, i'll be doing it as my first marathon and a feeling of trepidation has set in, if you get any valuable info please pass it on i shall be following the forum in the coming weeks.
Good luck Mick