GB basketball Olympian Kieron Achara is switching sports and getting set to run into the record books as Scotland’s tallest marathoner at 6ft 10in.
Wallace High pupil and Kieran Achara - Stirling Scottish Marathon

Achara, 36, has been unveiled as ambassador for the Stirling Scottish Marathon, to be staged over one of the world’s most historic and scenic courses on October 11, 2020.

Back on his home turf, he shot some hoops with Wallace High school children in the shadow of the Wallace Monument.

With 105 caps to his name including the London Olympics and a glittering career with Glasgow Rocks, Kieron is relishing his latest challenge which he will run for charity.

Setting new goals

He said:  “I just retired from basketball and felt that setting a new physical and mental challenge would help with the transition process. It can be difficult for athletes leaving their sport to keep busy and setting new goals can definitely help with that.

“Of course height is perceived as a major advantage in a sport like basketball, although maybe not so much in a marathon.

“However, the challenge excites and motivates me.  I will get to run such a scenic and historic route in and around my hometown that in itself will make this a great experience. 

Sporting inspiration

Cllr Chris Kane, Convenor of Stirling Council’s Community Planning & Regeneration Committee, said: “In his basketball career, Kieron has been such a sporting inspiration and a credit to Stirling.

“We are delighted to have him support the Stirling Scottish Marathon and help to deliver the Council’s ambition to create a world-class event which encourages participation in sport.”

Getting active

Vice Convenor, Cllr Maureen Bennison added: “It’s fantastic to see such a positive role model like Kieron lace up his running shoes for this event and represent Stirling with such pride.

“Getting active is such an important part in living a healthy life style and I hope people across the Stirling Community take leaf out of Kieron’s book, and get involved in the many events taking place across the Marathon weekend.”

To join Kieron and thousands of other runners go to thestirlingmarathon.co.uk

The 2020 run will take place on the same course as 2019, with slight refinements along the route with a half marathon also taking place on Sunday, October 11.

The event will also include a family-focussed Festival of Running at Kings Park on Saturday, October 10, which includes a 5k run, Junior 3k run and a Family Mile with a mascot race and a Come and Try sports arena.