It’s the final push down the finishing straight for the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running as the closing date for entries nears

Runners planning to take part in the Loch Ness Marathon, River Ness 10K and 5K have until 5 September to sign up and join thousands of other entrants on the start line.

Thousands of runners have already entered the five races on the programme for Sunday, September 25 and organisers expect this number to increase with the usual last-minute dash to snap up places.

The event, which takes place in the Highland capital of Inverness, celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. It has raised huge amounts of money for charity – official partner Macmillan Cancer Support expects its team of runners to generate over £95,000 this year alone.

In addition to the 10K and 5K races, there is also the main event – the 26.2 mile marathon – a 10K Corporate Challenge for teams of four to six and the Wee Nessie run for pre-school children. Entry for the marathon is still open for charity, club and overseas runners until 5 September.

Entry can be made online at up until midnight on Monday 5 September. The event is also active on Facebook at and on Twitter @nessmarathon