AVID athletes across the Wee County will be lacing up for the return of the Alloa Half Marathon this weekend.

The annual race is making a return at 9am on Sunday, March 12 and has already attracted about 2000 runners.

The race is organised as usual by the Alloa Round Table who are urging motorists to double check the marathon route and any road closures that may impact their travel arrangements.

The race will kick off at Lornshill Academy, as it did last year, following the closure of Alloa Leisure Bowl.

Runners will leave Lornshill and turn right onto Tullibody Road. From there, turn onto Ashley Terrace at the mini roundabout, then loop back round onto Tullibody Road.

MAP: The route the runners will follow.

MAP: The route the runners will follow.

After three miles, the route will turn onto King Street and then left onto Whins Road. Runners will head up to Sauchie where they will find the first of four water stations.

From Fishcross, there is a decline into Tillicoultry. Once in Tillicoultry, turn left onto the A91 where the route stretches for 7 miles.

The second water station and toilets will be situated along the A91. The third water station is in Alva before reaching Menstrie.

Lastly, carry on towards Lornshill from the Menstrie roundabout and then onto the B9096 before turning into the Academy, where the last water station will be situated.

As to be expected, there will be several traffic disruptions whilst the race takes place. Most roads on the half marathon route will be closed for a maximum of two hours.

The Round Table explained that the roads will slowly open up once the runners have passed that point on the route, with all disruptions expected to end by 12pm.