The Aviemore Half marathon is now in its fourth year and has rapidly gained a reputation as a friendly, very scenic and popular event. This year four ERN ladies, partners (and dogs) travelled up and made a weekend of it, with three taking part. The different, beautiful and unmistakably Highland event was enjoyed by all.
Joanne said: Hey, here is my race report, I’ve attached some photographs, unfortunately we didn’t get any before the race and only the one after the race as were soaking wet!! But I’ve included others of our lodge we were staying in and one of Millie wearing my medal and what we got in the goodie bag!! Hopefully there should be other photos available from the Aviemore website which shows scenery etc!!
‘Me and Tracy booked up early for the Aviemore Half marathon as we were aware that it sold out quickly but that didn’t seem to happen this year. As we were some of the first to sign up I ended up with number ‘4’ which was hilarious as normally the elite runners have those low numbers!!
What an amazing autumn weekend away, we went away with our partners, Jo & her family and Millie our dog, staying in a log cabin right next to Aviemore village. We registered on the Sat night which allowed a longer lie in on Sunday, then on Sunday boarded a bus which took us to Badaguish Outdoor Centre for the start, family & friends weren’t able to be there for the start due to the location and logistics.
At the race start we met my dad, his friend and Krista, the weather was chilly but gorgeous sunshine and blue skies. The race was mainly through forest trails and muddy tracks with uneven ground; I nearly tripped over a couple of times! After the first few miles you come out of the forest and have amazing views over Loch Morlich (which was a real photo opportunity if I had my camera!) and the trail leads you down and round the loch then homewards bound through Rothiemurchus.
The first 7/8 miles are generally undulating then the last 4/5 are downhill towards Aviemore village, unfortunately it started to pour down on the last couple of miles which was a shame. Overall an amazing location for a half marathon, views are breathtaking and it is very well organised! I would definitely do it again and recommend it for a lovely long weekend away opportunity!!!’
The route: The event website advises that “The half marathon course is a truly ‘highland route’ but without the hills! The Start is at a height of approx 1100 feet and the Finish at approx 720 feet. The route passes through the Glenmore Forest, Loch Morlich and Rothiemurchus Estate with Cairngorm Mountain setting a spectacular backdrop. The conditions are a mixture of good solid forest track and paths with very little tarmac roads.
From the start the first seven miles are on forest tracks through areas of Glenmore Forest Park and Glenmore village. After crossing the road, the forest track takes you around Loch Morlich and into Rothiemurchus Estate.
The route then goes back over the main road joining the new cycle track continuing through Rothiemurchus Estate, Coylumbridge and Inverdruie. Crossing the road by the fish farm and then over the Spey River by the pedestrian footbridge.
The last short section takes you under the main highland railway line, across Aviemore Main Street and then along to the front of the Four Seasons Hotel to a welcome finish line!!!”