The Aviemore Half Marathon is now in its fifth year and has rapidly gained a reputation as a friendly, very scenic and popular event. This year three ERNs (Phil, Elly and Krista) travelled up with family and made a weekend of it. This different, beautiful and unmistakably Highland event was enjoyed by all.
Krista said: “Hi, here are a few pictures from the finish at the Aviemore Half. Elly, Phil and I all ran on Sunday. We finished in 2:19 (a whole minute faster than my time last year 🙂 I’m pretty happy with that especially since Geneva was only a week ago! Fast Phil sped home in a whopping time of 1:28.
It was one of my favourite halfs last year so registered early and brought the family up for a long weekend. The first 8 miles is on forest track around Loch Morlich before joining the road back into Aviemore for the last 5 miles. The course has changed as it was all on forest track last year and was a bit nicer. A well organised, marshalled race and we had perfect overcast crisp autumn weather. Recommend it for next year for anyone wanting a short break away followed by a good run.
See you soon and happy running
Elly said: “It was a thoroughly enjoyable race. I had a sore calf for the last week and after Phil made me walk round Loch an Eilein & Loch Gamhna on Saturday I was seriously considering not running. However I did do the race and had a wonderful time catching up with Kirsta for the whole 13.1 miles – made the time pass so quickly. The set up was very well organised. Taken to the start of the race and fed tea, coffee and chocolate digestives while waiting for the rest of the runners to arrive. I have heard of people who drive up in the morning to register and then drive home after the race so can be done in the day!
From what I can gather each year the route changes slightly and this was no different. A few people complained there was a hill! The first half was on forest track, some bits wider than others but all very scenic, the second half was on road as Rothiemurcus estate felt that having over 1,000 people running on their path at the side of the road would cause problems for the cyclists and walkers that use the path normally. That being said, the traffic management for the road section was very well controlled.
Thoroughly enjoyable race and would do it again. The entries are open for next year already and it does sell out very quickly.