A 10k fun run where competitors are offered wine tastings every two miles has been criticised by a charity.
Organisers say the Wineathlon, taking place in Glasgow on September 24, is designed to “put the fun back into running”.
While runners will get water as usual as they make their way around the course, they will also have the chance to sample wine at stops dotted around the route.
Alison Douglas, chief executive of Alcohol Focus Scotland hit out at the event, calling it “ill-thought through”.
She said: “It is less than a week since UK chief medical officers issued new drinking guidelines highlighting the health risks linked to alcohol consumption.
“The guidance also specifically mentioned situations where it was advisable to avoid alcohol completely, including before, during and directly after exercise. That’s simply common sense.
“This event is clearly a gimmick, however, three people dying every day due to alcohol in Scotland is no joke.
“Most people will see this event for what it is: at best ill-thought through and at worst placing peoples health at risk rather than helping them improve it.”
Event organisers say the course will be an “easy trail” with “feed stations every few miles, stocked with optional wine samples”.
Runners are invited to “run, walk or crawl” around the event, where each drink on offer will be based on a different wine region of the world.
In Glasgow, more than 200 people have already signed up for the event, which has a limit of 600 entrants.
That race will have three stops, dotted roughly two miles apart, where the wine available to sample will cost a minimum of £7.50 per bottle and will be available to purchase at the end of the race.
Organisers stress the wine is available for sampling purposes only, with a single sample of wine made available for each competitor. Due to the availability of alcohol, no one under the age of 18 is allowed to take part in the events, which also raise money for local charities.
Wane Law, managing director of organiser TeamOA, said: “The idea is just to put the fun back into running. It’s getting people out, crossing the finishing line.
“People have taken it on themselves, and it’s turned into an event rather than a race.”