A DAY-LONG festival of running is set to take place in Stirling at the start of the new year.

Run Stirling will launch in January with activities and fun for all the family.

It will include events like the Great Stirling Castle Run as well as junior and senior cross-country competitions.

Cross-country events will include the Home Countries and Celtic International Games with representatives from all corners of the UK.

There will also be a 1k fun run for primary school children, all against the iconic backdrop of Stirling Castle on Saturday, January 11.

Councillor Chris Kane, convener of Stirling Council’s Community Planning and Regeneration Committee, said: “Our festival of running event has something for everyone.

“Whether you are taking part yourself, cheering someone, or keen to watch the top class athletes, this event offers a great chance for people to come together and enjoy taking part in sport.

“This feast of sporting action will deliver a significant economic and tourism boost for the city and with the marathon also returning to our streets next year, is further evidence of Stirling’s growing reputation as a top-class host for sporting events.”