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22 Oct 2014

By Christine Appel

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Entries open for Run Garioch 2015

The build-up to Run Garioch 2015 got off to a flying start on Monday, 6 October with a launch at Inverurie’s Garioch Sports Centre.

The Provost of Aberdeenshire Jill Webster, Aberdeenshire Councillor Richard Cowling, Garioch Sports Hub Chair Trevor Hart, jogscotland Programme Co-ordinator Ann Davidson, and representatives from the main  sponsors were joined by dozens of special guests to start the countdown to the popular local event.

Monday’s launch was also the beginning of celebrations for next year’s 10th anniversary of the ‘Garioch 10k’ – the event from which today’s Run Garioch grew.

Race Director Eric Simpson told the audience: “We’ve come a long way since the days of the ‘Garioch 10k’ in 2006. Since then, over 8000 runners have completed the 10k alone, and hundreds more have enjoyed the 5k and Half-Marathon courses we launched when Run Garioch was created in 2011.”

He added: “I would love to have even more schoolchildren taking part in the Junior Run next year. Making schools and teachers aware of the event and encouraging families to take part will be a real focus for me for the rest of this year.”

All 18 past winners of the 10k were invited to help launch the anniversary event, with five attending on the day: Carolyn Milne (2006), Kyle Greig (2008), Nicola Gauld (2008, 2013), Chris Winward (2009) and Ben Hukins (2010, 2013).

Two schoolchildren who will be celebrating their 10th birthdays the same weekend as the 10k race also took part in the launch. Megan Robertson (Strathburn School) and Thomas Garvett (Monymusk School) joined Provost Webster in declaring online entries to Run Garioch 2015 open. Both children participated in the CP&Co. Junior Run last year.

Race Director Eric Simpson announced a number of improvements to the 2015 event, including an increase in prize money and a ‘double your money’ reward for race winners breaking course records. He also promised a full review of water stations and course signage.

Simpson also announced that entry fees for all Junior Run events have been reduced by £1 and those for the Ferguson Group 5k and the Accord Energy Half-Marathon frozen for the second year in a row.

Last week, Run Garioch announced that Sinclairs Jewellers of Inverurie will be covering the cost of sending SMS results to all runners as part of their own 40th birthday celebrations.

A series of incentives for jogscotland groups and secondary-school pupils to take part in the Ferguson Group 5k will be announced shortly.

Simpson confirmed that state-of-the-art event timing company FR Systems will be returning to provide chip timing and produce results for the 2015 races. As in 2014, FR Systems will send runners everything they need for race day a few weeks before the event.

James Arthur of Half Marathon sponsors Accord Energy said after the launch: “It was a pleasure to join everyone celebrating the launch of Run Garioch today and to meet all the other guests.  Accord Energy remains proud to make a contribution to Run Garioch and we look forward to taking part ourselves next March.” 

Race Director Eric Simpson added: “With local business people, schoolchildren, some of the very best athletes in Scotland and the Provost herself attending the launch of Run Garioch 2015 today, it’s clear just how much the event has become part of our local community. My entire race committee is dedicated to running the best event ever next year.”

 “We expect to sell out all our races again this year, so don’t leave it too late to enter.”

 Simpson also confirmed that a revamped ‘10 Weeks to Run Garioch’ Training Programme will return in early 2015. Details will be announced shortly.

Run Garioch 2015 will be held on Sunday, 22 March. Entries are now open on www.rungarioch.co.uk. Entries to all races are limited, and will close towards the end of February to allow for the processing and posting of race packs, or when individual races sell out.