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The Dramathon returns to Moray

By Alistair Whitfield

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The fourth edition of the Speyside Single Malt Whisky Marathon – aka 'The Dramathon' – will be taking place on Saturday, October 16.

Runners setting off from Glenfarclas Distillery. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
Runners setting off from Glenfarclas Distillery. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.

More than 1500 runners from 29 different countries descended on Moray the last time the event was held back in 2019.

A similar number are due to compete in this year's Dramathon, which will be much the same with the notable exception of no after-race party.

Organiser Ian King said: "We decided that organising a socially-distanced ceilidh was too much of a stretch."

Famously, The Dramathon has probably the best goody bag ever, with the athletes collect miniatures of single malts from participating distilleries after completing the race.

The Full Dram (26 miles) is starting at 10am at Glenfarclas Distillery.

The Half Dram will begin at 11.45am at Tamdhu Distillery, while the 10km Wee Dram starts at 1.15pm in Aberlour.

Each will finish at Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, who are the event's main sponsors.

There's also a relay race – the We Dram – which will feature about 40 teams.

These will include distillery teams who will compete for a special prize.

As well as Glenfiddich, the event's backers also include Glenfarclas, Tamdhu, The Balvenie, the new Ballindalloch distillery, GlenAllachie, Cardhu and Cragganmore.

The Highlander Inn in Craigellachie will be providing a special bottling for podium prizes.

Walkers will again provide shortbread for all the finishers.

Logan’s Fund has benefited from free places and the proceeds from the raffle.

In addition, athletes are being offered the chance to forgo their finisher T-shirt and instead take part in the "plant a tree for me" scheme with Findhorn-based charity Trees for Life’s rewilding project at Dundreggan, near Fort Augustus.

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