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8 questions to discover a marathon : Moray Marathon

15 Jun 2009 14:06
Jean-Loup Fenaux

Nicky Nash who has been the Secretary and Treasurer of the Moray Marathon Committee for the last 7 years has accepted this interview.

Hello, on September 13th 2009, you’ll be organizing the Moray Marathon. Can you tell us where it is located?
The Moray Marathon is held in the North East of Scotland along the Moray Firth coast.

This will be the 28th edition of the race. Why was it created in the first place?

It was created by the local community, to coincide with the start of local running clubs, in particular Elgin Athletics Club. Although it has developed into a 3-in-1 running event, it was initially just a marathon.

What kind of route have you set up for the runners? How would you describe it?
All 3 races follow the same clockwise circuit with the Marathon starting in Elgin, the Half Marathon in the spectacular grounds of Gordonstoun School, Duffus, and the 10k in Lossiemouth. The finishing line for each is Cooper Park, Elgin with the 13th Century Elgin Cathedral forming a dramatic backdrop.

Moray contains a great diversity of landscapes which includes sandy and rocky shores, rivers, lochs and mountainous areas. Most of these aspects have been incorporated into the Moray Marathons and 10k routes by taking the runners on tarred roads, passing through woodlands, coastal areas, towns and villages.

How many runners do you expect on Sunday morning? What type of runners do you plan to attract?
We usually have an entry field of 800 runners between the 3 races, including local, national, and even some international runners.
Do you organize other races during the Week-End? If so, on what distances?
We have two races beside the marathon : a half-marathon and a 10k race.
At that time of the year, what kind of weather can we expect?
Obviously in Scotland the weather can never be guaranteed! But we hope that the warm, friendly faces will always make up for any lack of sun.
Have you planned festivities around the marathon?
We offer a t-shirt and medal to all finishers, plus free drinks and refreshments to runners and their friends and families.
In a single sentence, what would you tell the readers of 42k195 to make them register for the Moray Marathon?
If you want to take part in a friendly race, and combine it with a tour of Scotland in the heart of malt whiskey country, then you need to come along to Moray. We look forward to meeting you.
Thank you Nicky

For more information :

Glen Moray Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K