Familiar faces grace the inaugural Stirling Marathon

Inaugural Stirling Marathon (1)
European Athletics

Distance running greats Liz McColgan (L) and Zola Budd (R) took part in the first running of the Stirling Scottish Marathon

More than 6500 runners took part in the first edition of the Stirling Scottish Marathon, a race with a five-star certification rating, on Sunday morning.

The course took in attractions ranging from the Blair Drummond Safari Park - home to assorted giraffes and llamas - to Stirling Castle which provided a brilliant backdrop to the finish-line.

The inaugural staging of the race saw good numbers take part including three athletes who blazed a trail on the track and roads in the 1980s and 1990s: Liz McColgan, Zola Budd and Rosa Mota.

Budd, twice the world cross country champion in the 1980s, was the ninth woman to cross the finish line in 3:12:24 while former world 10,000m champion Liz McColgan completed the course in 3:18:33.

“It was really enjoyable in a funny sort of way. I was really pleased to run round and not have any problems, I was really comfortable. My legs stood up to the distance, so I'm just pleased to have finished,” said McColgan, a winner of the New York and London Marathons in her pomp.

“I've had a lot of problems since I retired. I never thought I'd be able to run a marathon again, so I'm chuffed.”

Mota, who won the inaugural European marathon title in 1982 before repeating in 1986 and 1990, opted for the accompanying 5km. She sped to a 19:51 clocking to finish fourth in the women’s race.

British Olympian Andrew Lemoncello, returning to the city in which he studied, claimed the victory in 2:25:01 while Lesley Pirie was the top female finisher in 2:47:36.

To sign up for the reminder service for next year's Stirling Scottish Marathon, visit greatrun.org/stirling

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