Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running

Date:
23/09/2018
Country:
Inverness, Highland, Scotland
Distance:
5km, 10km, Marathon
With breathtaking scenery along the shores of Loch Ness, varied distances and a festival atmosphere, the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running has something for everyone. With over 8000 runners expected in 2018, why not make a Highland weekend of it and come with family or friends? There’s plenty to entertain runners and spectators, with a Sports Expo, Baxters Food & Drink Fayre, live music, and kids’ activities. And if marathons aren’t your thing, there’s also the Baxters River Ness 10k, a Corporate Challenge, 5k and Wee Nessie for under 5s.

Steven Hill
Jo Groucott
Brian Ball
Lisa Donlon
Martin Nairn
Karen Taylor
Jason Newell
Pauline Belford
Evelyn Lutterodt
Amy Young
Lisa Wallace
Jaeda Goodman
Lyndon Hearn
Naomi Pavri

Jo Groucott
03:35:09

In short:
Beautiful scenic run

In full:
Perfect conditions for running. First miles are downhill so difficult to know best pacing strategy, knowing the climbs are ahead. Having had a quick first half the second half was certainly tough. Still managed a 2 minute pb so chuffed with that.



Amy Young
03:02:08

In short:
A beautiful route and perfect day for running. Sold to me as mostly downhill, there was definitely a lot of uphills! 2:59:59 went out the window on the big hill lat 19 miles but 2018 has seen 22 minutes come off my marathon PB so no complaints here. Bring on the next one!

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Pauline Belford
03:29:42

In short:
Stunning marathon route. Great first marathon.

In full:
Lovely scenic route and the first 18 miles were amazing. The final two were very, very tough, but my friend Charlotte wouldn't let me slow too much. Did a slight positive split due to the killer hill at mile 19 and getting very tired at the end, but Charlotte did a great job of keeping me going and paced me round in just under 3:30 which I'm very happy with for a first marathon and having only started running about a year ago.



Jaeda Goodman
04:21:01

In short:
Not quite sure how the hills near the end were easier than the flat bits, but what a scenic route and fantastic support, and despite a trainwreck of a last 3 miles I still managed a PB!

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Lisa Wallace
4:54:42

In short:
Great day for my first marathon. Loved the scenery, friendly atmosphere, the best bit was crossing the finish line with my baby boy who has done all my training with me in the buggy

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Lisa Donlon
03:47:36

In short:
My most comfortable marathon experience so far!

In full:
Travelled from ireland with family for this one and it was well worth it. I was unsure of my fitness so kept it very easy until half way. Felt great after the big hill at twenty so set off like a rocket (relatively speaking) and didn't really feel the pain until mile 24 and there was no point slowing down then! Delighted with my time. Great event. 10/10 would do again!



Steven Hill
03:14:38

In short:
Targeted sub 3:15 and achieved the goal.

In full:
Downhill first half so went out relatively hard to bank some time as the second half is very hilly. Very tight calf’s for much of the last 12-14 miles maybe cost some time but overall delighted with how I dug in and got over the line within target.



Jason Newell
05:21:16

In short:
Debut marathon....

In full:
Aka jpnewell2001 in case Holly is presenting again... Amazingly well organised and supported event for my first attempt at the distance, having been ill 2 days before though plans were scrapped and changed to just get round and enjoy the experience. Now have tuesday legs on a monday and dreading tomorrow but loved it!!



Naomi Pavri
04.26:39

In short:
Stunning route like no other. Absolutely delighted to get a 10 min PB in spite of a screaming hip and having to power walk up the hill at 19 miles!

In full:
Fantastic organisation and wonderful atmosphere. No more marathons for me (that was my 4th) but finally met my dream of sub 4.30



Evelyn Lutterodt
04:51:39

In short:
What a day! A fun and beautiful race. But very hilly and rained a few times too.

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Martin Nairn
03:52:02

In short:
Loch Ness Marathon 2018 - 3:52:02

In full:
My first mara sub-4hours! Was jogging along nicely at 3h30m pace until THE HILLS at Dores (a little village on the route), managed to conquer them and still had 3:37 in my sites - that would have been a 30 minute PB. Got through the next mile or so and then..... the wheels started coming off! I got gradually slower and slower but thought, "once I get to 5k to go, I'll pick it up again and do like a parkrun to finish" - where was my head at? Not surprisingly got to 5k and thought - okay I'll do the final 3k, then 2k, then once my watch beeped with 200 metres to go - I leathered it to the finish (well as much as I was capable of at that stage). Tired, hurting, but loved it really!



Brian Ball
3:49:20

In short:

In full:
Went into the race feeling pretty undertrained but felt great for the first half. Started to get really difficult after mile 18 when the uphill sections started and the last 4 miles had as much walking as running. Still managed to nip under the 3:50 mark despite the tough course and lack of training so couldn't be happier. Also, had a pint in my hand within 2 minutes of crossing the finishing line since the beer tent was so close. Best way to finish a race!


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