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The popular Baxters River Ness 10K offers a flat course, scenic route and lots of cheering support as it weaves its way through the streets of the historic Highland capital, past the Castle and along the picturesque riverside to finish at Bught Park – perfect for a range of running abilities.

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 10.45 am on Sunday 24 September 2017 on the south side of Inverness and it will finish along the River Ness at the Bught Park in the centre of Inverness.

Please find here maps showing how to walk to the 10K Start and how to drive to 10K start.

You can catch a Stagecoach bus from Inverness City Centre to the vicinity of the 10K start.

Service 1C leaves Queensgate at 0837 (and 37 minutes past the hour) and arrives at Culduthel Park at 0906 (and 06 minutes past the hour).

Service 4 leaves Queensgate at 0958 and arrives at Culduthel Farm Fairways at 1022, passing the start.

Service 7 leaves Academy Street at 1000 and arrives at Culduthel Avenue at 1015.


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 2017 River Ness 10K is OPEN until Monday 4 September.  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 23 September

10.00 – 18.00 Sports Expo at Event Village, Bught Park open to public

10.00 – 18.00 Registration at Event Village, Bught Park open for 10K overseas runners ONLY

12.00 – 18.00 Baxters Pasta Party – all runners, friends and family welcome!

Sunday 24 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 15 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 23 September 10.00-18.00.


Runners and spectators coming to the Event Village are asked to avoid parking in the Bught Park area due to limited parking and we suggest:

  • Parking in the centre of town, and walking along the river to Bught Park (approx 1 mile) – see map below.
  • Using public transport where possible
  • Car sharing where possible

Loch Ness Marathon parking map

Saturday 23 September
Parking will be available at the following locations (see map)
1. Highland Council HQ Car Park,
Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, IV3 5NX
2. UHI Car Park – 1 2 Ness Walk,
Inverness, IV3 5sQ (SATURDAY ONLY)
3. St Andrew’s Cathedral Car Park,
Ness Walk, Inverness, IV3 5NN
4. Castle Street Car Park, castle street,
Inverness, IV2 3EP (SATURDAY ONLY)
5. The Old Town Rose Street Multistorey, Farraline Park, Inverness, IV1
6. Eastgate Centre car Park & Falcon Gallery Car Park, 11 Eastgate, Inverness IV2 3PP
7. Inverness Rugby Club Car Park, Bught Park, Inverness, IV3 5ss
8. Archive Centre, Bught Road, Inverness, IV3 5ss
9. Whin Park, Bught Road, Inverness, IV3 5ss
10. Bught Park, Inverness IV3 5sQ – limited parking available here on SUNDAY only.
Sunday 24 September
• Marathon Runners – Limited parking will be available for Marathon participants ONLY at the Bught Park early on Sunday morning. Please note access is from Glenurquhart Road only.
• 5K Runners / Spectators coming to Bught Park – please see above map for parking options (which are the same as Saturday).
• 10K/Corporate Challenge Runners – parking is limited at Inverness Royal academy and any cars stopping here will be unable to leave the car park until after the start of the 10K. Additional parking is available at ASDA (a short walk from the 10K start).
• Disabled car parking is available on Sunday at Bught Park, although please note this is located approx. 400m from the Event Village. Please follow the signs to Marathon car Parking.



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 goody 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 24 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

The Baxters Pasta Party including the Carb & Craic Show hosted by BBC Radio Scotland’s Bryan Burnett takes place Saturday 23 September, 12.00-18.00, at the Event Village, Bught Park and is open to all runners, family and friends.

Find out more here.

Tickets available here.

Elite Entry

The Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & River Ness 10K can offer a limited number of free entries for elite runners who have achieved the standards specified here within the 24 months prior to this year’s race, which takes place on Sunday 24 September 2017.

If you have achieved these standards and are interested in taking part in the race  please contact us at: info@lochnessmarathon.com

Please give your name, age, club name and details of where and when you have achieved the standards.

Applications will be considered up to 31 August 2017, but only a limited places are available and these will be allocated on a first come basis.

Download our Elite Entry Criteria here.

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