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As an alternative to the marathon or 5k, why not enter the fantastic Baxters River Ness 10K, part of our ‘Festival of Running’ on Sunday 27 September?

This flat course winds through the historic Highland capital of Inverness, passing the Castle along the banks of the picturesque River Ness.

Perhaps you’re looking for the next step up from a 5K or are en-route to a half marathon or longer distance?  Maybe you see it as an opportunity to raise funds for your favourite charity or a chance to visit a new place and sample a unique, scenic setting?  You could be a club runner keen for a new challenge or a seasoned 10K runner, attracted by the excellent ‘pb’ potential of the course?  Or, like many others, you’re simply looking for a fun and enjoyable way to keep fit and healthy and experience the camaraderie of a well-organised event?

Whatever your motivation, the Baxters River Ness 10K won’t disappoint.

Make the commitment now and enter today!

When does it start?

The River Ness 10K starts at 10.45am on Sunday 27 September 2015 on the south side of Inverness and it will finish along the River Ness at the Bught Park in the centre of Inverness.

The Route

The start is on Culduthel Avenue (near junction with Culduthel Road B681). From the start, the route travels up Culduthel Road turning right on to the Southern Distributor Road and continuing on the Southern Distributor Road before turning left on to Essich Road and turning right down Torbreck Road before arriving at the t-junction on the Dores Road (B862). (From Torbreck Road/ B862 junction, the route follows same route as the Loch Ness Marathon to the finish). Turning right onto Dores road, the route continues along the same road directly into the heart of Inverness, turning left into Cavell Gardens, following Ness Bank and Castle Road and turning left over main town road bridge, and left again immediately after the bridge into Ness Walk. The route continues along the edge of the River Ness to the finish at the Bught Park in the centre of Inverness.

Please click on the map to enlarge.

 River Ness 10K 2014 route map











View 10K profile here.




IMPORTANT: Runners must keep in the left hand lane at all times. The organisers reserve the right to alter the route if operationally required.

What's Included?

Entry Fees include online charges and:

  • Finisher’s technical t-shirt
  • Finisher’s medal
  • Goody bag
  • Post-race soup and roll
  • Electronic timing
  • Downloadable Finisher’s Certificate
  • Highland Spring stations on the route and at the Finish
  • Baggage transfer from the Start to Finish
  • Transport back to the Start (post event)
  • Loch Ness Marathon digital race magazine
  • Fantastic festival at the Finish including live music, kid’s activities, Sports Expo and a food and drink fayre
  • Route on closed roads

How to Enter

Entry to the 2015 River Ness 10K is now open with early bird rates available.  Enter now!

The 10K is open to runners aged 15 and over on day of race. This event is not suitable for wheelchair entrants.

Please note there are absolutely no race day entries for the 10K, and strictly no transfers between races or transfer of places to another runner. We do not operate a deferment system.

Please refer to our Terms & Conditions by clicking here.

Confirmation of Entry

Successful applicants will receive confirmation on receipt of payment, by email ONLY, so please include your email address when entering. If you do not have access to email, please check your bank statement for confirmation of race entry.

Please note that your race pack containing your race number, timing tag and other relevant items will be sent to 10K runners with a UK address in September. All 10K runners with an overseas address should collect their race pack from the 10K Info Desk at Registration.  The only other communication you will receive will be via our e-newsletter.

Race Weekend Timings

Saturday 26 September
11.30 – 18.00 Baxters Pasta Party – all runners, friends and family welcome!
11.30 – 18.00 Sports Expo open to public
12.00 – 18.00 registration for 10K overseas runners

Sunday 27 September
09.00 – 10.00   Runners arrive at Inverness Royal Academy, Culduthel Avenue, Inverness IV2 6RE (see 10K route map or visit google maps).  Parking is available at the Inverness Royal Academy.  However we encourage that all runners are dropped off if possible.

08.30 – 16.00 Sports Expo at Bught Park open to public

09.00 – 16.00 Festival of Running and Sports Expo at Bught Park open to public
10.45    Start of Baxters River Ness 10K
12.45  Prize-Giving at Bught Park
11.45 – 14.45    Free shuttle bus service from Bught Park back to Inverness Royal Academy (for those who need to collect their cars)

Pre-Race Registration

There is no pre-race registration for the 10K, as all 10K runners with a UK address will receive their race number, timing tag, safety pins and baggage label by post by 18 September. All 10K runners and supporters are welcome at the Baxters Pasta Party.

Runners with an overseas address ONLY must collect their race pack during pre-race registration from the 10K Info Desk at the Event Village, Bught Park on Saturday 26 September.

The Start

We will be filtering runners into different sections prior to the race beginning. Please follow the signage to take up position in your allocated start area and listen to marshal instructions carefully. Finally, please respect other runners and be considerate to them by allowing overtaking within the first 2km.

IMPORTANT: The start and route are in close proximity to residents’ houses, so the race organisers would ask that all runners be sensitive about noise levels, rubbish disposal, listen to marshals instructions, and use only the Portaloos provided. As we’re sure you would expect, we do not tolerate antisocial behaviour.


We will be using a timing B-tag in the 10K. This will be attached to your race number.

Drink Stations

Highland Spring is our official water sponsor. We would like to thank them and our volunteers for providing two drink stations along the route. Each water station will be clearly signed and will be on the left hand side of the road. Highland Spring water will be provided in 33cl bottles and are located as follows:

  • 5.6 km Highland Spring water
  • 8.2 km Highland Spring water

See below to to see a map of the Highland Spring drink stations which will be located along the route:



There are Portaloos and toilets at Inverness Royal Academy and at the 5K mark (approximately).

Race Day

On the day of the race, runners are asked to make their own way to the Inverness Royal Academy, prior to the Start of the race. Parking is available. However, we would encourage you to car share where possible or be dropped off to avoid the need for transportation back to the Start after the race. (A free shuttle bus is available to take you from Bught Park to collect your car).

Kilometre Markers

There are ascending Kilometre markers along the route.

Road Closures

We have priority on all roads along the route. However, please keep to the left hand side of the road at all times as it might be necessary for emergency and officials’ vehicles to travel along the route.

For road closures, click here.

The Finish

The Finish is along the River Ness at Bught Park. Here you will be presented with your finisher’s medal, t-shirt and fantastic goodie bag. All 10K finishers also receive complimentary Baxters soup and a roll. Showers and changing facilities are available. Massage is also available for a small donation to charity.

Festival on Race Day

There will be lots going on for runners and spectators at the Event Village, Bught Park on Sunday 27 September, open to the public from 09.00 – 16.00.  There’s a fantastic line-up of live music and entertainment, Sports Expo and  kid’s activities.  Find out more here.

And…you won’t go hungry if you’re one of the thousands of spectators enjoying the sights and sounds of the Festival – come and see us at the Baxters Food & Drink Fayre where you’ll find a mouth-watering array of hot and cold food to eat on the go.


Marathon-Photos.com will be taking photographs and video of the competitors on the course and at the finish. The photos will be available online within 72 hours of the event to every entrant as exclusive photo products. Plus every competitor will be able to download for FREE their Event Certificate.


The final 4K through Inverness city centre provide the best vantage points for spectators. We would encourage all spectators to come to the Bught Park and enjoy our Festival atmosphere!

There’s lots going on for friends and family at the Event Village at Bught Park, find out more here.


We need your help! Volunteers are needed to undertake a variety of tasks including: assisting at drink stations; helping at the finish line and many other key tasks.

Please visit our Volunteers page for more information.

Baxters Pasta Party

Find out about our Baxters Pasta Party for all runners, family and friends!

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