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7 Aug

A Race Fit For Royalty

Runners of all abilities are assured of a fairytale finish at next month’s Crathes Half Marathon. The National Trust for Scotland’s stunning Crathes Castle, near Banchory in Aberdeenshire, provides the backdrop for the finish of the event, and all participants will get a welcome fit for a king or queen as they cross the line on September 16.

Runners will tackle the 13.1-mile scenic course through the Deeside countryside renowned for its PB potential. Deadline for entries is fast-approaching with the final day for entry 8 September.

Natasha Finlayson, events co-ordinator at Crathes Castle, Gardens and Estate near Alford, says the course has been a real favourite with past participants: “Over the years Crathes Half Marathon has become really popular, with runners travelling from all over the country to take part.

“It’s a challenging course with a couple of hills, but it is predominantly on the flat. It’s best known for helping many runners achieve a personal best and as a great event for those attempting the half marathon distance for the first time. While the atmosphere, marshals and camaraderie out on the course are great, the one thing we always get really positive feedback about is the scenery and how beautiful the route is.”

Crathes Castle, which is managed by the National Trust for Scotland, Scotland’s largest conservation charity, is a standout property from the 16th century. The castle and its gardens will be open to visitors during the half marathon, and organisers will also be laying on plenty of entertainment to help inspire the future generation of runners.

A family fun day will be the centrepiece of the day’s entertainment, complete with traditional children’s events including the egg and spoon, three-legged and sack races.

Entries to the Crathes Half Marathon – with all proceeds going to help the work of the National Trust for Scotland – are now open here.