On your marks for Round the Houses 2015

Runners from across Scotland are expected to take part in the 49th annual Round the Houses race on Sunday. Picture: Jonathan Faulds
Runners from across Scotland are expected to take part in the 49th annual Round the Houses race on Sunday. Picture: Jonathan Faulds
  • The 49th annual Round the Houses race takes place on Sunday
  • Registration for the 10k has closed but entry is still open for 2k fun run
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Runners of all ages and abilities from across Scotland will head to Grangemouth on Sunday for the annual Round the Houses road race.

The main 10 kilometre event, which gets under way at 12.30 p.m. in Inchyra Road, is expected to attract its highest number of entrants in recent years.

While entry has now closed for that race, runners both young and old can still take part in the two kilometre fun run that starts at noon.

Registration opens at Grangemouth Stadium at 10.30 a.m. Runners under the age of eight must be accompanied by an adult.

Round the Houses is organised by Falkirk Victoria Harriers and Falkirk Community Trust and is one of the biggest running events in central Scotland.

Some of the country’s leading athletes are expected to take part, and hundreds of spectators are expected to cheer them on along the route.

Last year’s winner Kyle McLennan, of the University of Edinburgh, will return to defend his title, while last year’s women’s champion Fiona Rudkin will also be back.

The event also raises thousands of pounds for charities through members of the public who are sponsored by friends and family to take part.

The 10K course will follow a route first used last year. Runners will start from Incyra Road, adjacent to Grangemouth Stadium.

They will continue along Bo’ness Road on to Union Road, then Dundas Street, South Lumley Street, Wood Street, Larch Street, MacKenzie Terrace, Newlands Road and then turning left on to Beancross Road.

The final stretch will rejoin Incyra Road, on to Service Road before finishing on the new athletics track in Grangemouth Stadium.

The race car used by officials has once again been provided by Square Deal Motors.

Major event sponsor Life Fit Wellness will be kept busy by providing pre and after race massages to competitors.

Falkirk Victoria Harriers also extend thanks to other sponsors including Behind The Wall, Network Rail, Direct Rail Services, Natural Power, Lucozade, McDonald’s, Bookers, Tesco and ASDA.