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Charity and club runners enouraged to enter now

Baxters Loch Ness Marathon is set for a record entry to the event on 4 October 2009, as numbers currently show a 22% increase on last year’s figure. And with entries still open for charity, club and overseas places, the entry field is likely to continue to rise as the date of the UK’s third largest marathon approaches.

Last year saw a massive £579,188 raised for charity by runners taking part in the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running. Although general entry for the Marathon is now closed, there is still time to book a place to run in support of one of the event’s associated charities – entries for charity, club and overseas runners are open until 14 September.

Hayley Short, Challenge Events Coordinator for Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “We are very grateful to all of the runners who have registered to run this year’s Loch Ness Marathon in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Each year more and more runners enter the marathon for Macmillan helping us raise the funds needed to continue providing our essential services. There are still some charity places left in the run, so anyone who thinks they are up for the challenge should get their entry in quickly.  I know it will be a great day for everyone taking part and spectators too – and all of the money raised will help Macmillan reach more people affected by cancer and continue giving the practical, medical, emotional and financial support they need.

Organisers believe the removal of the ballot system of entry for the event has been a major factor in the dramatic rise in entries.

Event and race director, Malcolm Sutherland, said: “We are absolutely delighted to see the rise in entries for this year’s Marathon. This was the first time in the eight year history of the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon that entrants were able to secure guaranteed places on a first come, first served basis. Added to this, we have had additional promotion of the event through the Scotland’s Year of Homecoming, with more people signing up from overseas than we would normally have expected.

Malcolm Sutherland added: “Entries are open until 14 September for all other events in the Festival – the Baxters River Ness 10K, the Baxters River Ness 5K Fun Run and the Healthy Working Lives 10K Corporate Challenge. All races are proving popular this year, so I’d encourage anyone thinking of entering any category to get their entry in as soon as possible to be sure of a place.”

Marie Christie, Project Director of Homecoming Scotland, said: “Baxters Loch Ness Marathon, and the exciting new events, Run Home Highland Breakfast Run and Run Home Clan Challenge, form a key part of the Homecoming programme.  The rise in entries this year is a great reflection of Scotland being recognised internationally as a leading destination and we are delighted to welcome thousands of runners from Scotland and around the world to Loch Ness for this fantastic event.”

For more details on all races or to enter, visit or call 0870 127 8000.