A woman from a running club in Ealing was the first female to cross the winning line at this year’s Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running in Scotland.
Melissah Gibson of Ealing Eagles finished the 26.2 miles in 2:43:45 which saw thousands of runners from across the world take part in the race which celebrated its 21st anniversary yesterday (1 October 2023).
The first male to finish the race was Moray Pryde of Lothian Running Club in a time of 2:22:04.
The event also held a number of other runs including the Baxters River Ness 10K, 10K Corporate Challenge, Baxters River Ness 5K and Wee Nessie.
In total 5,100 runners took part in the marathon, while a total of 8,600 took part across all the events going on which supports many charities across the UK including official charity Macmillan Cancer Support, Alzheimer Scotland, Cancer Research UK and Highland Hospice as well as 30 additional charity partners.
Commenting on the 2023 event, Malcolm Sutherland, Event & Race Director of Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running, said: “Congratulations to everyone who took part this year! We are delighted that so many people have chosen to come to the Highland capital from all over the world to take part in our event.”
Audrey Baxter, executive chairman of Baxters Food Group said: “Having been a partner of the Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running since the very beginning 21 years ago, all of us at Baxters are delighted that the event has once again been such a huge success. The atmosphere has been incredible as people crossed the finish line and enjoyed some post-run fuel and celebrations in the Event Village. Well done to you all!”
Early bird entry for the 2024 Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running taking place on 29 September 2023 is now open at: www.lochnessmarathon.com