North East runners are getting set for their big Spring date this weekend at the BHGE Festival of Running. Around 4,000 will take part across a 5-race programme however interest will centre on Sunday's feature 10K.
Unless Robbie Simpson has suffered a reaction from last weekend's efforts at the Ben Lomond Hill race, the Commonwealth Games bronze medallist will enjoy a great reception from the Aberdeen crowds as he attempts to go one better than his second place in 2011 when he was still a teenager.
One man who won't be taking his planned place on the start line is local runner Myles Edwards, who has accepted an invitation to the Royal Wedding, a recognition of his work with children’s charity the Gathimba Edwards Foundation, which he set up with top African runner Gideon Gathimba.
Robbie Simpson and the other runners have been promised one of the most environmentally sustainable events in Scotland. This year’s race will see a reduced number of single-use plastics overall, smaller water bottles at the water stations to reduce waste, and biodegradable goody bags with fewer plastic items inside them. All plastic debris left behind on race day will be picked up by a team of dedicated volunteers and recycled accordingly.
Aberdeen AAC's Broc Drury (31:38) and Metro Aberdeen's Fiona Brian (36:17) were last year's race winners.
More details at the event website.