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Record entry expected at Baxters Loch Ness Marathon

Organisers of Sunday's Baxters Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running are expecting their largest field of competitors yet.

More than 8,600 runners from 41 countries are due to take part in the marathon, or other running events.

Marathon runners expected include Ethiopian Tomas Abyu who set the course record time in 2003.

Fellow Ethiopian, Dinknesh Mekash Tefera, is tipped to be among the top women marathon runners.

The marathon starts on the south side of Loch Ness following a route north alongside the loch, before crossing the River Ness to finish next to Bught Park, in Inverness.

The Baxters River Ness 10K and 5K Fun Run are also features of the festival.

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