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Stirling 2017 marathon up and running

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Image caption The Stirling Scottish Marathon was launched at the National Wallace Monument

Stirling has been announced as the location for a new Scottish spring marathon in 2017.

The event will begin at Blair Drummond Safari Park and pass landmarks including Doune Castle before finishing beneath the ramparts of Stirling Castle.

Olympic medallists Liz McColgan-Nuttall and Brendan Foster attended its launch at the National Wallace Monument.

The race, which takes place on 21 May, is organised by the Great Run Company.

Brothers Callum and Derek Hawkins, who have qualified for the marathon in this summer's Rio Olympics, also attended the launch of the event, which is supported by Scottish Athletics and Stirling Council.

Council leader Johanna Boyd, said: "Stirling is the ideal setting for a marathon, with its iconic scenery, clean air and fantastic local running routes.

"We're delighted to host the Great Run Company's Stirling Scottish Marathon and look forward to giving a warm welcome to runners and their supporters to our beautiful area.

"We hope that many people are inspired to enter the event.

"The route will be enjoyable and challenging for everyone from first-time marathon runners to seasoned athletes."

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