On your marks for Run Garioch

Run Garioch competitors from last year's event.
Run Garioch competitors from last year's event.

Runners of all ages will be pinning on their race numbers this Sunday morning as they get ready to take on one of Run Garioch’s six sold-out races.

The Inverurie event is being billed as the best yet.

Race director Eric Simpson said: “Run Garioch gets bigger and better every year, but we’ve all been just stunned at the level of interest we’ve had in the CP&Co Junior Run. We received over 800 entries.”

He added: “We’re absolutely delighted to see that so many kids have picked up the running bug from their parents and teachers.

“But we’re also devastated to have had to turn away so many children and schools after we sold out. I hope everyone will keep up their run training whether they’ll be joining us on Sunday or not.”

Junior runners who have secured places will be joined at the start line and cheered round their courses by Olympian Hannah Miley, Scottish international hill runner Kyle Greig, Commonwealth triathlon hopefuls Becky Wain and Debbie Moore, Aberdeen FC’s Adam Rooney, members of the Inverurie Locos and the Garioch Sports Centre mascot ‘Garioch’.

In the Dandara 10k, competition for the two team prizes will be fierce, with last year’s Inverurie Business Challenge winner and water sponsor Fisher Offshore returning to defend their title.

Organisers expect a big race-day turn out from jogscotland groups in Aberdeen, Inverurie, Kintore and Oldmeldrum. Runners, their friends and families are also welcome in Run Garioch’s new Event Village.

All races start and finish at the Garioch Sports Centre and proceeds from Run Garioch support the work of the Garioch Sports Trust and selected local charities.