While most students are studying for their upcoming exams, a select few are going through last minute preparations for the Stirling Marathon.
On April 28, thousands of runners from all over the world are set to race across the full and half-marathon distances.
Fourth-year economics student Jack Warren-Ballard is running his first ever marathon to raise money for ‘Centre for Fun and Families’.
The charity, run by his mother, aims to support parents, carers and young people who have experienced behaviour and communication difficulties with their families.
They also work to strengthen family relationships and improve the life skills of children and young people through various group work programmes.
Warren-Ballard, who has already raised over £500, plans to run the full marathon distance of 26.2 miles in under four hours, which would be very impressive for a first attempt.
Fourth-year sports studies student, Shannon Moses, will represent the university’s triathlon club as she aims to run the half-marathon in 2 hours 20 minutes.
Moses ran the half-marathon last year in a time of 3 hours 12 minutes, but has improved her fitness massively since. She said: “Last year I was unfit and very overweight and since then, I’ve lost two stone and am much fitter.”
Runners this year will once again enjoy the stunning scenery that Stirling has to offer. The marathon route will take runners out to Doune, then back through Bridge of Allan, Dunblane and the university before finishing at King’s Park.
Meanwhile, the half-marathon route will take runners though the city in the opposite direction, past Springkerse Industrial Estate, before joining the full-marathon runners at the university.
With the crowds of supporters and the beautiful backdrop, there will be no lack of motivation for the runners. And if the weather is anything like what is was last year, they are in for a treat.