Distance and cross-country runners from across the UK now have the chance to tackle a 26-mile marathon more challenging than the the 2012 Olympic course, thanks to a new addition to one of the country’s biggest charity events.
The Caledonian Challenge has introduced a new off-road marathon course taking in some of Scotland’s most breathtaking Highland scenery for its 2012 event, which will provide athletes with a new test of endurance to complete while raising money for deserving charities and community projects.
There will also be something for everyone on the new smaller course, as participants will be able to choose to either run the course in six hours or opt to hike the hills in twelve hours.
John Mercer Events Director for the Scottish Community Foundation-which organises the Caledonian Challenge, said “We hope that this will encourage more athletes to enter the 2012 event and tackle what promises to be the most stunning and challenging marathon in the whole of the UK this year.
The Caledonian Challenge is open to teams of four to six people and participants must pledge a minimum of £400 each for charity by the deadline of 31 March 31, although early bird discounts are also available to entries submitted by 14 February.
More information about the event and how to enter can be found on the website: www.caledonianchallenge.com/takepart