Loch Ness Marathon

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Loch Ness Marathon
DateLate September / Early October
LocationInverness, Scotland
Event typeRoad
DistanceMarathon, 10K, 5K
Primary sponsorBaxters
Course recordsMen:
Kenya Simon Tanui 2:20:13
United Kingdom Megan Crawford 2:44:50
Official siteLoch Ness Marathon

The Loch Ness Marathon (Gaelic: Marathon Loch Nis) is an annual marathon race in Scotland, held along the famous loch, Loch Ness, ending in Inverness. The event is part of the Festival of Running, held annually at the beginning of October. This also includes a 10K race and a 5K fun run, and attracts over 8,000 participants across all of the events.[1] The first prize in the marathon is approx 1,400 GBP.

The marathon starts near Whitebridge, and follows the southern side of Loch Ness, passing through the villages of Foyers, Inverfarigaig and Dores. The route goes into Inverness, crossing the River Ness by the Ness Bridge in the city centre, and finishes at Bught Park.

The marathon supports several charities, including Highland Hospice, Leonard Cheshire, Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Multiple Sclerosis Society Scotland, and the Scottish Community Foundation. The lead partner charity since 2013 has been Macmillan Cancer Support, who have been involved in the event since 2009.

Kenyan Zakary Kihara was a convincing winner of the 2007 Baxters Loch Ness Marathon in a time of 2 hours 23 minutes. The women's race was won by Banuelia Katesigwa from Tanzania in a time of 2:55. The 2007 event saw 5600 people take part in the three main events - marathon, 10 km, and the 5 km with fifty different nationalities were represented.

In 2005 Simon Pride from Fochabers won in 2:30:15 whilst Julia Myatt won the women's event in 2.51.56. 18 nationalities were represented in the 2005 event.

Winners of the 2010 event were Tomas Abyu of Salford Harriers in a time of 2:20:50 and Dinknesh Mekash Tefera from Ethiopia in 02:46:37, a new course record for the women's race.

Past winners[edit]

Key:   Course record

Edition Year Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s)
1st 2002  Eric Kiplagat (KEN) 2:33:36  Addy Gerrard (GBR) 2:57:06
2nd 2003  Tomas Abyu (ETH) 2:20:59  Trudi Thomson (GBR) 2:50:42
3rd 2004  Simon Pride (GBR) 2:27:58  Jan Roxburgh (GBR) 2:59:57
4th 2005  Simon Pride (GBR) 2:30:15  Julia Myatt (GBR) 2:51:52
5th 2006  Zachary Njoroge (KEN) 2:22:17  Helen Cherono (KEN) 2:46:54
6th 2007  Zachary Njoroge (KEN) 2:23:17  Banuela Katesigwa (TAN) 2:55:04
7th 2008  Ezekiel Cherop (KEN) 2:28:03  Banuela Katesigwa (TAN) 2:51:23
8th 2009  Simon Tanui (KEN) 2:20:13  Joyce Kirui (KEN) 2:48:25
9th 2010  Tomas Abyu (ETH) 2:20:50  Dinkinesh Mekash (ETH) 2:46:39
10th 2011  Tomas Abyu (ETH) 2:20:50  Lisa Finlay (GBR) 2:59:14
11th 2012  Ross Houston (GBR) 2:20:24  Avril Mason (GBR) 2:54:54
12th 2013  Elly Tarus (KEN) 2:27:21  Megan Crawford (GBR) 2:46:37
13th 2014[2]  Tomas Abyu (ETH) 2:22:41  Jennifer Emsley (GBR) 2:46:10
14th 2015  Elly Tarus (KEN) 2:25:19  Megan Crawford (GBR) 2:44:50
15th 2016  Mohammed Abu-Rezeq (JOR) 2:20:52  Jennifer Wetton (GBR) 2:47:03
16th 2017  Mohammed Abu-Rezeq (JOR) 2:22:02  Lesley Pirie (GBR) 2:48:10
17th 2018  Mohammed Abu-Rezeq (JOR) 2:22:56  Sheena Logan (GBR) 2:51:11


  1. ^ "allmediascotland". www.allmediascotland.com. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  2. ^ 2014-09-29. New women's course record for Loch Ness marathon. BBC News. Retrieved on 2014-10-06.
List of winners

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