Dumfries Running Club, Marie Curie, Dumfries and Galloway College and South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth have come together to encourage as many people as possible to join in the fun and take part in the Dumfries Half Marathon.

This year’s entrants will also be helping a good cause, after the running club today announced that Marie Curie will be this year’s chosen charity to benefit from any funds raised from the race.  

The event, which is in its 36th year, which takes place on Saturday 10th September and begins at Dumfries and Galloway College. South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth has been asked by Marie Curie to carry out the official start of the race and award medals at the end.

The race, which will attract entries from across the UK, will take runners from the College at the Crichton towards Bankend before climbing past the Dovecotewell animal rescue centre with superb views over to Criffel. The runners will then return to the Crichton via Glencaple and the tricky climb back close to Bankend. The final four miles see the runners retrace their steps with a welcome final downhill mile back to the College.

South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth said: “It’s a real privilege to be carrying out the race start on behalf of Marie Curie and awarding the medals. In my work as Vice-Convenor of the Scottish Parliament’s Palliative Care Group I have seen at first hand Marie Curie do to support families at an incredibly difficult time and it’s great that Dumfries Running Club have recognised this work”.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to take part in the half marathon which caters for all levels and to as many members of the public to come along and cheer on those who will be running. People will know that by taking part they are supporting the fantastic work Marie Curie do to support people in our area”.

Mark Johnston from Dumfries Running Club said; “This will be the 36th race and every year we pick a different charity. We are very proud to support Marie Curie and a number of smaller groups who volunteer in the organising and operation of the run. We know the good work that Marie Curie do locally which is why we are delighted to back them in this way.”

Marie Curie Community Fundraiser Georgia Ramplin said, “Marie Curie are really looking forward to getting involved with the Dumfries Running Club this year. By choosing us as their benefitting charity for the Half Marathon, the funds raised will make a huge difference and will allow our nurses to continue to provide care for people living with a terminal illness.”

Beverly Armstrong  from Dumfries and Galloway College said, “Dumfries and Galloway College looks forward to hosting the Dumfries Half Marathon again this year.  The event is always an enjoyable one and the college wish all runners the best of luck “.

The photograph shows from left to right -; front row – Colin Smyth MSP, Sheena Gibson (Marie Curie), Mark Johnston (Dumfries Running Club), David Burns (Dumfries Running Club), Emma McCall (Marie Curie), Beverley Armstrong (Dumfries and Galloway College), Judy Lever (Marie Curie) -; back row -; Mike Jardine and Sandy Shawhead (both from Dumfries Running Club)


Details of the half marathon can be found here:


The full route of the half marathon can be seen here:



Marie Curie is the UK’s leading charity for people with any terminal illness. The charity helps people living with a terminal illness and their families make the most of the time they have together by delivering expert hands-on care, emotional support, research and guidance. Marie Curie employs more than 2,700 nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals, and with its nine hospices around the UK, is the largest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS.

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Marie Curie Support Line 0800 090 2309

If you’ve got questions about terminal illness or simply want someone to talk to, call the Marie Curie Support Line for free confidential support and practical information on all aspects of terminal illness.

Marie Curie Helper Service

If you are interested in volunteering for the service or would like to discuss how our trained volunteers can support you in Dumfries and Galloway, please contact Susan MacRae on 0800 304 7691 or dumfrieshelper@mariecurie.org.uk. Visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/helper.

If you are interested in volunteering for to support fundraising in Dumfries and Galloway, please contact me on 0131 561 3929 or at Georgia.Ramplin@mariecurie.org.uk

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