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River Ness 10K & Corporate Challenge

  • 10.45 am on 4 October 2020
  • Price: From £27.00
  • Age: 15 years or over

The Baxters River Ness 10K & Corporate Challenge follow a flat, point-to-point course through the historic Highland capital of Inverness alongside the banks of the picturesque River Ness, and are renowned for their ‘PB’ potential.

Perhaps you’re looking for the next step up from a 5K or are en-route to a half marathon or marathon?  Maybe you see it as an opportunity to raise funds for your favourite charity or a chance to run in a new scenic setting?  Possibly you are a club runner up for a new challenge?  Or, like many others, maybe you are simply looking for a fun and enjoyable way to keep fit and healthy and need a goal to work towards. Whatever your motivation, the Baxters River Ness 10K won’t disappoint!

If you prefer a team approach to sport, then the 10K Corporate Challenge for teams of 4-6 could be the ideal race for you.

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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.

Click here to see the route profile.

Entry Includes

  • Finisher's technical t-shirt
  • Finisher's medal
  • Goody bag
  • Post-race soup and roll
  • Electronic timing
  • Downloadable finisher's certificate
  • Highland Spring water stations on the route and at the Finish
  • Baggage transfer from the start to finish
  • Transport back to the start (after the race)
  • Fantastic festival at the finish

10K Corporate Challenge

The Corporate Challenge is a fun team-building opportunity:

  • Open to all sectors of business and industry in the public and private sector.
  • Teams must contain a minimum of 4 runners and a maximum of 6 runners; incomplete teams cannot be accepted.
  • Times of the fastest four combine to make the team’s final score.
  • Prizes are awarded according to the accumulated results of the fastest four runners in each team.
  • Companies are welcome to enter more than one team.
  • All entries must be from bona fide employees of the company. An employee cannot be entered into more than one team.
  • Each team must nominate a team captain who will be responsible for entering their team online.


So, what are you waiting for? Rally your work mates and sign up today.


Can I run wearing headphones or earphones?

Please note that wearing headphones or earphones is NOT permitted in any of the races under Scottish and UK Athletics rules.

We DO allow the use of headphones or earphones that use bone conductor technology, which allow the wearer to be aware of their surroundings. However, this is at your own risk and if an incident occurs as a result of, or made worse by, you wearing these headphones or earphones you may be held liable.

How old must I be to compete?

The River Ness 10K and 10K Corporate Challenge are open to runners aged 15 and over on the day of the race.

When do entries close?

Entries are open for the River Ness 10K and 10K Corporate Challenge until 22 September 2020, subject to race capacity, with limited race weekend entries to the River Ness 5K and Wee Nessie ONLY.

What is included in the entry fee?

Entry fee includes commemorative finisher’s medal, finisher’s technical t-shirt, goody bag, electronic timing, complimentary post-race food and a fantastic festival at the Finish.

Can I make changes to my entry?

Changes to your entry can be made by logging into your account. This link is also included on your confirmation email.

Is it possible to enter on race weekend?

We’re afraid there are absolutely no race weekend entries for the River Ness 10K and 10K Corporate Challenge due to the practicalities of planning for a fixed number of participants. Entry for the River Ness 10K and 10K Corporate Challenge closes 22 September 2020, subject to race capacity.

How do I know that my online entry worked?

You will have received a confirmation email at the time of registering, if this did not happen please contact us or you can visit the My Events page to check your entry.

Is it possible to transfer my place to a different race or another runner?

We’re sorry but we do not operate a transfer system between races and it is strictly prohibited to transfer your race number to another runner, as stated in our terms & conditions of entry.

If you are interested in taking part in a different race you can still register online until 22 September (or earlier if race capacity is reached) but you will have to pay the registration fee.

Please note: Never swap your race number with any other runner, as this could cause problems for our medical teams and results service. If race organisers become aware of anyone who swaps their race number they will be disqualified and reported to Scottish Athletics.

I don’t want to enter online; can I pay for my entry over the phone or by cheque?

We’re sorry but we can only accept entry and payments online.

Do you offer elite entries?

The River Ness 10K offers 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 4 October 2020.

If you have achieved these standards and are interested in taking part in the race, please contact us at [email protected].

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

Applications will be considered up to 11 September 2020, but only a limited number of places are available and these will be allocated on a first come basis.

Download our Elite Entry Criteria.

When will I receive my race number etc?

Race numbers are allocated for all races after the entry closing date, and will be posted on our website. All runners will be advised of their race number by email.

You will receive your race pack (containing your race number, timing tag and baggage label) by post in September.

I live overseas and will already be in the UK / Scotland when you send out 10K race packs?

We do not send out race packs to 10K runners with an overseas address; you can collect your race pack from the 10K Info Desk at pre-race registration during 10.00-18.00 on Saturday 3 October 2020 at the Event Village, Bught Park, Inverness, IV3 5SQ. Please ensure you bring photo ID with you.

When does registration take place?

There is no pre-race registration for 10K and 10K Corporate Challenge runners with a UK address; you will receive your race pack (containing your race number, timing tag and baggage label) by post in September.

River Ness 10K runners with an overseas address must collect their race pack (containing race number, timing tag and baggage label) from the 10K Info Desk during pre-race registration between 10.00-18.00 on Saturday 3 October at Event Village, Bught Park, Inverness, IV3 5SQ. Please ensure you bring photo ID with you.

How do I get to the 10K Start?

The 10K starts at Inverness Royal Academy on the southside of Inverness; runners must make their own way there. All runners should arrive by 10.00.

What’s the 10K course like?

The 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.

How many drink stations are there on the 10K route?

There are 2 Highland Spring water stations on the route at 5.3km and 7.4km.

Are there distance markers on the course?

Yes, there are ascending kilometre markers along the 10K route.

Are there toilets on the course?

Yes, there are portable toilets located at 5km and 7.4km along the 10K route and at Inverness Royal Academy (start) and the Event Village (finish).

Are there showers and changing facilities?

Showers are located at Bught Stadium within Bught Park, approx 300m walk behind the Event Village. A changing tent is located within the Event Village.

Is massage available?

Massage is available during registration on Saturday and after your race on Sunday at the Event Village for a donation to charity.

Did you know post-race massage aids recovery, boosts circulation, removes lactic acid and promotes relaxation? A 10-minute massage costs just £10. You’ll definitely deserve it. Book your post race massage now.

Has the 10K route been measured accurately?

The 10K route has been accurately measured by both a qualified Scottish Athletics measurer and AIMS (Association of International Marathons) route measurer.

Can wheelchair users enter the 10K?

We’re sorry but we do not have a wheelchair race within our 10K race due to safety and logistical reasons. You can enter the River Ness 5K as a wheelchair entrant, please contact: [email protected].

Can I be supported by bike along the route?

For safety reasons, cyclists are not permitted to cycle along ANY of the race routes to support runners.

Are buggies and pushchairs allowed in any of the races?

For safety reasons, we do not allow runners in the marathon or 10K to take buggies onto any sections of the race routes.

Buggies are allowed in the 5K and are also welcome in the Wee Nessie, which is for pre-school age children (5 and under).

Can I run in fancy dress?

We welcome runners in fancy dress however we do reserve the right to prevent you from participating in any race if we consider that the fancy dress outfit may cause danger or risk of danger to you or other participants.

We’re sorry but you can’t use roller skates, push a wheel barrow, pull a hand cart or use walking poles.

What is the Corporate Challenge?

The Corporate Challenge is included within the River Ness 10K and is open to teams of 4-6 runners from all sectors of business and industry across the public and private sector. The fastest four accumulated times make the team’s final score. More info.

How do I enter a team in the Corporate Challenge?

You can enter the Corporate Challenge here.  You will need to either create or join a team.

Where can I park?

Parking is limited at the 10K start. Please follow signs and marshals’ instructions directing you to parking areas.

A free shuttle bus service will take runners back to Inverness Royal Academy after the race to collect their cars from the Event Village.

Disabled car parking is available on Sunday at Bught Park, although please note this is located approx 400m from the Event Village and is on a grass surface. Please follow the signs to marathon car parking.

More parking information.

Can I get a photograph of myself running the race?

Yes, there will be photographers located on the course and at the finish. Their photographs will be available to purchase online within 72 hours of the event at Marathon Photos.

Are dogs allowed?

We only allow assistance dogs (seeing or hearing) on the course.

Please email [email protected].

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