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Loch Rannoch Marathon

Loch Rannoch Marathon

Length
42.2 Kms
Elevation gain
259 m
Max elevation
248.6 m
Difficulty
**
Rating
***
Type
Loop
Route id
551
Main road
0 Kms
Country road
42.2 Kms
Dirt road
0 Kms
Dirt path
0 Kms
Trail
0 Kms
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Directions to start point
Cost :
The cost for unaffiliated runners in 2019 was 34 GBP.
When :
The race is held in the first half of October.
Length:
42.2 Kms
Start :

At the Weller Poley park in the middle of Kinloch Rannoch.

End :
Back at the Weller Poley park.
Style :
Loop
Size :
250

Some years the size is much smaller.

Elevation :
259 m
Max Elevation :
248.6 m
Entry opens
Entry opens at the start of the year.
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RACE DESCRIPTION - Loch Rannoch Marathon
Getting In
This is generally an easy race to get into right up until a few days before the event. At the time of writing the entry for the Loch Rannoch marathon was through Run Nation.
Getting there
For this one we choose to drive up on the morning and return after the run. Beware though if you take this option as some of the routes are single track and you can meet a deer on the road in the early morning.
There is a railway station about
21 Kms
away from the start but travel from and to the start will be an issue.
Expo
No expo just a simple number pick up.
Pre-run
No pre runs but there are some nice routes around Kinloch Rannoch.
Race day
After our two hour drive up to Kinloch Rannoch our day really started after parking up on the field at the start location. This is well organised with lots of marshalls to guide you into your parking place. From parking it's a very short walk to the tent to pick up your number. After number pick up we just went and sat in the car until the race was ready to start - you can see the start line from the car parking area. Note that the toilets will have large lines waiting.
The race starts with a loop round the village and after
2.5 Kms
you are out of the village and running along the north side of Loch Rannoch. The race is on open roads so there are a few cars to watch out for though not too many. There is lovely scenary so enjoy the gentle undulating road.
At around the
20.5 Kms
mark you start the only real climb which is not too steep or too long. This takes you up the road towards Rannoch Station before turning and coming back down the same road. At the junction at the top of the loch a right turn takes you onto the south loch road and heads back to the finish.
The second half seems nicer than the first half but the undulations are a little larger, so keep something back for this. The route ends up back on the initial loop that you did at the start but at this point you have less than
2 Kms
to go. Small crowds await at the finish but they are very encouraging.
Prior to 2019 some of the water stations were unmanned but this seems to have been resolved now.
The finish
This is a small race and that's reflected at the finish where a small tent is used to give out the medals and tee shirts.
Limited snacks are also available.
Where to stay
There is one hotel in Kinloch Rannoch and a MacDonald resort hotel close by if you decide to stay. Also various accomodation lets are available.
The nearest main town is Aberfeldy.
Route directions
Kms
1
Start line

0
2
Initial loop finished and now heading out of Kinloch Rannoch

2.6
3
Past the Macdonald hotel

3.9
4
Past the hydro power station

16.7
5
Bridge over the River Ericht

17.9
6
Reaching the head of the loch and some climbing

19.4
7
Short out and back section up the hill

20.5
8
Turning point, about half way

21.7
9
Around the head of the loch and heading back to the village on south side of the loch

22.8
10
Bridge across the river Gaur

23.2
11
Another bridge

28.7
12
Yet another birdge, this one over the Dall Burn

33
13
Over the Carie Burn

36.2
14
Back to the initial loop and not far to go.

40.5
15
A left turn takes you onto the home straight

41.5
16
Into the park and finish

42.2
17
Finish line

42.2
Start area
Loch Rannoch Marathon. Looking across the park towards Schiehallion
Looking across the park towards Schiehallion
Start area
Loch Rannoch Marathon. The small amount of runners at the start line
The small amount of runners at the start line
South side of the loch
Loch Rannoch Marathon. Loch on your left for most of the run
Loch on your left for most of the run
South side of the loch
Loch Rannoch Marathon. Watch for the occaisional car
Watch for the occaisional car
Close to the finish
Loch Rannoch Marathon. Just over one mile to go
Just over one mile to go
The finish
Loch Rannoch Marathon. The finish line prior to the race starting
The finish line prior to the race starting
The finish
Loch Rannoch Marathon. Runner coming up to the finish line
Runner coming up to the finish line
The finish
Loch Rannoch Marathon. The marathon medal with the image of Schiehallion on it
The marathon medal with the image of Schiehallion on it
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