The Loch Leven half marathon will be the centrepiece of a day of events that’s expected to attract thousands of people to Kinross next Saturday.
Around 600 runners have signed up for the race, which is being held this year for the 31st time and is regarded as one of the best half marathons in Scotland.
It coincides with the Loch Leven Pipe Band Contest and the Feel Good Fair, promising a day of entertainment for the whole family.
The race starts at the Myre football pitches at 1pm, to the sound of massed pipes and drums, and will take the usual anti-clockwise route round the loch before finishing on the playing fields at the Loch Leven Community Campus.
“The half-marathon’s organisers, Kinross Road Runners, have been working together with the Kinross Pipe Band, the Community Campus and KLEO (Kinross-shire Local Events Organisation) to ensure there is a wide variety of entertainment and activities on offer, so that the competitors’ friends and families, as well as the wider local population, have a fun-packed afternoon while they await the arrival of the runners at the end of the race,” said Bouwien Bennet of KLEO.
Bands from all over Scotland will be taking part in the pipe band contest, which begins at 9.45am and continues throughout the day.
After the runners set off, the pipe bands will march up the High Street, which will be closed to traffic for an hour.
Throughout the afternoon, there’ll be market stalls and activities, including a bouncy castle, beer tent and fun run for under 12s, all organised by Swansacre Playgroup, as well as family sports activities from Live Active Leisure.
Organisations from throughout Kinross-shire will also be taking part in the Feel Good Fair, which will be held in the grounds of the community campus.
Other attractions include a Highland dancing display by Lawson’s School of Dancing and the day will be rounded off by a stirring performance by the massed pipe bands.