NEW!!! Strathearn Marathon (Perthshire)

June 10th 2012

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31/05/2011 at 13:23
Hi ATM. Profile updated as requested.
31/05/2011 at 13:33

I'm up for this one, and I'm sure a few from my club will be too.

A couple of weeks after Edinburgh - but I'll still give it a go!

I really enjoy quieter marathons with more rural routes.

31/05/2011 at 13:47

Hi Callan,

Yes, it is quiet and rural and it's also going to be a tough challenge - not far off Snowdonia or Cape Wrath in terms of ascent. I ran it on Saturday and I would guess you could add on 10% or so to your normal expected time for a marathon. But if you focus on the views and not on your burning legs it'll just fly by ! 

BTW which club are you from?

31/05/2011 at 15:09


 Dunbar Running Club.

One of my clubmates did the Strathearn 50 a couple of years back, so I'm sure 26.2 should be no bother to him!

I'll keep an eye out for more details and post it on our web site.

31/05/2011 at 16:09

Cheers Callan - but I guess your clubmate did the Straven 50 not the Strathearn 50. Although, now you mention it, perhaps a 50 miler around Strathearn could be done....maybe an idea for another year!

31/05/2011 at 16:18
Shoelace,  Yeah suppose there is a bit of a contrast between Liverpool City marathon and Strathearn rural setting. I'm sure i will enjoy Liverpool as it will be my first marathon , but running around the perthshire countryside in a smaller friendly event just feels more like me i think!
31/05/2011 at 16:29

Charlie, hopefully you'll get a good time at Liverpool on a fast, flat course and then be able to enjoy the challenge of the Perthshire hills without needing to even wear a watch! Sounds like a good combo to me.

07/08/2011 at 22:55
Just a quick update on plans for next year's marathon.

We've settled on a date: Sunday June 10th 2012.

We've decided on a course (Link to Cultybraggan - Glenartney - Blairinroar - B827 over the Langside to Braco - A822 towards Crieff - turn off left on the old military rd - left at junction towards Mill of Drummond - past to West of Drummond Castle - Right to The Balloch and on to the A822 again - N towards Crieff - Left before the bridge in Crieff to take the back Rd to Comrie - quick tour of Comrie and then back to Cultybraggan. Simples!

It's a great route but really quite tough. No PBs and possibly not a great one for first time marathon runners.

We have done a full risk assessment and are about to apply for the permit from Scottish Athletics and permission from the council to hold a "procession".

One thing you can help us with right now is to give us your thoughts on the race "subtitle" or tagline. We want one that will get across that it's a really beautiful course and that it's a really tough one.

To see our shortlist and vote for your fave, please visit this link: Link to

Fingers crossed we get our permits and then we can really get cracking on organizing this one. Exciting isn't it!
04/10/2011 at 15:05

Latest news on this one:

Website is now live at Still a work in progress but most of the info is there. We are awaiting the various permits and "permission for public procession" but we do feel confident enough to start telling people about it.

As it's the first year we need to be cautious about how much we spend until we know enough people are going to enter and, as we probably won't have sponsorship, please don't expect lots of lavish prizes and goodies etc. What we can promise you is a beautiful and challenging course on quiet roads, attention to detail in the organization (our risk assessment is a work of art!) and a friendly and helpful army of marshals and volunteers.

Some key facts:

The Strathearn Marathon: It's a beauty, but it's a beast!
Race date: Sunday June 10 2012 9.00 start
Entries open 1st Jan 2012 and close June 1st 2012
Registration at Cultybraggan Camp Comrie from 7.30
SAF members £23.00, Non SAF £25.00
Generous cut-off time: so long as you reach 20 miles in less than 5 hours you will be OK (but remember it is a hilly course so do think twice if you're usually over 5hrs for 26.2 on a flat course).

Couple of images we're planning to use to promote the race...let me know what you think!

17/10/2011 at 18:01
Unofficially it seems the police and council are happy for us to go ahead so it looks like full steam ahead!
24/10/2011 at 19:40

Sounds good!!

BF parents are from Comrie so free accomodation and childcare!!

Now to organise more time of work.......

25/10/2011 at 08:32

Meet our race mascot which Pedro ( has kindly agreed to turn into a cartoon character. Watch this space...

Now we just need to give him a name:

Roddy the Red Squirrel?

Stuey the Strathearn Squirrel?

or his "he" a "she"?

Rhona the Red Squirrel?

I'm sure you lot can come up with something better...

17/11/2011 at 13:40

And they're off!!!

ENTRIES NOW OPEN for the Strathearn Marathon and we even have our first entrant

Come on now, put it in your diaries, save up your £25 entry fee (£23 for Scottish Athletics members) and get your entries in!

Further info at:

Who's up for it???

22/11/2011 at 15:31
+1 Volunteer
22/11/2011 at 15:49
ATM..."+1 Volunteer" to run or help out?
22/11/2011 at 16:05
To help, Shoelace. I've emailed Phil Tipping
22/11/2011 at 16:35
 Thanks so much ATM!
31/12/2011 at 12:16

20 entries in so far which is pretty encouraging with 6 months still to go. Entries from Carnegie, Carnethy, Ferranti, Fife, FRA, Law, Pocklington, Pitreavie, Strathearn, Troon and Witham.

Anyone looking for a New Year's resolution to run a challenging marathon in a beautiful part of the country?

28/02/2012 at 08:26

A quick update:

- over 70 entries now so it looks like we have a race!

- over 50 volunteers for marshaling, water stations and timekeeping etc

- Facebook page launched -!/pages/Strathearn-marathon/375836042427397

- post-race massages organized (prices to be confirmed but probably the usual £5 or so)

- post-race feed for runners to be provided by Cultybraggtan Allotment Group (renowned for their soups and tray-bakes

- Pipers promised for around the course (exact numbers to be determined - would love there to be 27 but may be a bit unrealistic!)

- Clearance received from council and police

Overall, I get the feeling it's starting to come together!

09/03/2012 at 10:28
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