YTHAN Challenge organisers have reported that no further entries to the multi-terrain adventure race will be accepted, after places filled up less than four days after opening.
The course, which takes participants in an 11km loop starting at the Meadows, through the Esslemont Estate, then back into the town - sees runners tackle a range of obstacles and challenges, including hills, straw bales and the River Ythan itself, which must be waded across.
Organisers have also recently announced a new sponsorship deal with Aberdeen-based energy consultancy Xodus Group, who have promised to back the next three events with a funding package worth £6000. This year’s event takes place on June 26.
Esslemont Estate owner Charles Wolrige-Gordon said that the challenge had grown increasingly successful over the past nine years, with the number of people seeking places expanding from 175 when the event started, to 400 runners in this year’s event.
“Lots of people take part,” he said. “Pros, amateurs - all sorts of runners, and it is fairly gruelling! There are some nasty obstacles for the participants - it is, very literally, a multi-terrain course.
“The Challenge has become a real feature in the community calendar following the demise of the Ythan Raft Race.”