Hello, on November 4th 2012, you’ll be organizing the Eddie’s Half-Marathon. Can you tell us where it is located?
The half marathon is located in Fort William in the West Highlands of Scotland – about 100 miles north of Glasgow. It follows a route out towards the west along Loch Eil and the scenery is beautiful.
How old is the race and why was it created in the first place?
I’m not sure of the exact age but I believe it is about 25 years old. It was created by a famous Ben Nevis Race hill runner called Eddie Campbell who completed 44 Ben Nevis Races in his lifetime and won 3 of these. Eddie is no longer with us but his running legacy in this area is very special to all of us.
What kind of route have you set up for the runners? How would you describe it?
The route follows generally the public road from Fort William, through the villages of Inverlochy and Corpach and out part of the road along Loch Eil. It is generally flat with a couple of inclines which are not too severe!
The scenery as mentioned above is beautiful and the towering mountain of Ben Nevis, which can be seen from most parts of the route, is a wonderful sight.
How many runners do you expect on Sunday morning? What type of runners do you plan to attract?
We normally get about 150 runners and we like to attract all ages and abilities as we feel running should be enjoyed by everyone.
Do you organize other races during the Weekend? If so, on what distances?
No, we don’t organise any other races during that weekend.
At that time of the year, what kind of weather can we expect?
The weather in the west of Scotland can be changeable so we could get rain, snow, sun – anything really!
Have you planned festivities around the marathon?
No, we don’t plan any festivities around the half marathon.
The race finished, what advice would you give a runner who has never been to Fort William before? A good restaurant, a fancy sightseeing?
There are plenty of good restaurants in Fort William. There is also the Aonach Mhor ski centre 6 miles north of Fort William which has a gondola which takes visitors up to the restaurant on the hill and the views from there on a clear day are stunning.
There is also of course Ben Nevis itself, the highest mountain in Britain, but at that time of year it will be very cold and possibly with snow on the top it is not wise to venture up. The surrounding Glen Nevis has beautiful scenery as does the rest of the Lochaber area so it is worth travelling about.
In a single sentence, what would you tell the readers of ahotu Marathons to make them register for the Eddie’s Half-Marathon?
Our half marathon is set in a beautiful part of the west highlands of Scotland and we welcome any visitors to the town, as we are proud of the history of running in our town and its surrounding scenery.
Interview with Niall MacBeath