Loch Rannoch Marathon
The cost for unaffiliated runners in 2019 was 34 GBP.
The race is held in the first half of October.
At the Weller Poley park in the middle of Kinloch Rannoch.
Back at the Weller Poley park.
Some years the size is much smaller.
Max Elevation :
Entry opens at the start of the year.
RACE DESCRIPTION - Loch Rannoch Marathon
The Loch Rannoch Marathon route is a country road run within Perthshire, Kinross & Angus. The loop covers a distance of 42.2 Kms ( 26.22 miles )
and has an elevation gain of 259 m ( 850 feet )
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.
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 Kmsaway from the start but travel from and to the start will be an issue.
No expo just a simple number pick up.
No pre runs but there are some nice routes around Kinloch Rannoch.
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 Kmsyou 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 Kmsmark 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 Kmsto 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.
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.
Initial loop finished and now heading out of Kinloch Rannoch
Past the Macdonald hotel
Past the hydro power station
Bridge over the River Ericht
Reaching the head of the loch and some climbing
Short out and back section up the hill
Turning point, about half way
Around the head of the loch and heading back to the village on south side of the loch
Bridge across the river Gaur
Yet another birdge, this one over the Dall Burn
Over the Carie Burn
Back to the initial loop and not far to go.
A left turn takes you onto the home straight
Into the park and finish
Looking across the park towards Schiehallion
The small amount of runners at the start line
South side of the loch
Loch on your left for most of the run
South side of the loch
Watch for the occaisional car
Close to the finish
Just over one mile to go
The finish line prior to the race starting
Runner coming up to the finish line
The marathon medal with the image of Schiehallion on it