Entries open for Run Balmoral 2013

Entries have now opened for RunBalmoral 2013 which features an exciting new Corporate Team Challenge as part of the popular programme of races to be held within the magnificent grounds of the royal estate.

The festival of running, now in its 16th year, takes place over the weekend of April 27th-28th when more than 5,000 runners and almost as many spectators are expected to flock to Deeside.

RunBalmoral chairman James Knowles never ceases to be amazed by the enthusiasm and commitment shown by the huge number of people who take part every year and he is already looking forward to what promises to be another memorable occasion.

He said:”We try our best to make each year a better experience than the previous one and for 2013 we’ve made some changes to the programme which,hopefully,will make RunBalmoral 2013 another big success story.

“On the Saturday we will once again have races for all age groups, starting with the MPH Primary schools 1.5K runs for boys and girls, and the Kongsberg Maritime Secondary schools 2.5K . There’s also the ConocoPhillips 5K and the Stena Drilling Tartan 10K for adults.

“Then on the Sunday, we can offer the RunBalmoral 15 mile trail race which takes runners out into some of the wilder and more testing routes on the estate.

“With the backing of our sponsors, we have introduced the Stena Drilling-ConocoPhillips Corporate Team Challenge which is designed to encourage teams of runners from companies and other organisations to compete against other in the 5K and 10K for a magnificent trophy.

“We are also working closely with Scottishathletics to introduce a new team competition in the RunBalmoral 15 mile trail race. We hope to be able to announce more about this exciting new development in the very near future.”

Four records were set at last year’s Balmoral event. Commonwealth Games 1500m runner Ali Hay (Central AC) became the first man to crack the 15 minute barrier when clocking 14min 57secs to win the ConocoPhillips 5K. And Scotland inernational Rhona Auckland (Banchory Stonehaven AC) won the women’s prize by slicing a massive 30secs off the previous best when recording 17min 16secs, a time bettered by just two men in the field.

Youngster Rebecca Eggeling (Aberdeen AAC) also set a new record in the MPH Primary schools girls 1.5K when recording 5min 54sec to take four seconds off the time she set the previous year.

And Kemnay’s Gregor Young also set a new standard by winning the Kongsberg Maritime Secondary school 2.5K in 7min 14secs, an improvement of five seconds on his 2011 winning performance.

Race Director Alastair Simpson hopes for more of the same in 2013. He said:”Its great to see so many runners producing top quality performances at Balmoral. Some athletes have been competing here since they were youngsters and it’s wonderful to see them still coming along now as established international level competitors.

“But it’s not just the top runners who seem to enjoy Balmoral. Thousands of people, from absolute beginners to experienced veterans, enjoy coming here. And many people take part to raise thousands of pounds for worthy charitable causes. RunBalmoral truly does offer something for everyone.

“Many of our races sold out well before the official closing date, so I’d encourage anyone thinking about taking part to sign up as quickly as possible.”

Full entry details can be found at www.runbalmoral.com.