With over 3400 runners heading to the start line on Sunday (26 March), Run Garioch 2017 is set to be the biggest yet. The running festival is made up of six events – three for adults in the morning and three for children in the early afternoon.
Race director Eric Simpson said: “This Sunday’s event has been a year in the making, and we’re all looking forward to the day. Run Garioch is the single largest fundraiser for the Garioch Sports Trust, but first and foremost it’s for our runners.”
Race organisers expect a strong showing from local clubs on the day. Tammy Wilson, leader of jogscotland Kintore, said: “This year JSK has helped around 150 adult runners get ready for Run Garioch. We’ve also trained around 65 junior runners too. My goal as a jogleader is to have all our local runners taking part in these amazing races as I feel it promotes our community and its spirit alike.”
She added: “Thank you to the Run Garioch committee for all the hours and hours of hard work that goes on behind the scenes. You’ve brought something very special to our community, and it keeps getting better!”
With two other major running events taking place on Sunday, some previous race winners will not be returning to Inverurie to defend their titles. That’s good news for spectators – who’ll be treated to some strong finishes – as well as local runners aiming for the podium.
Having won the 2013 half marathon and powered home to second place in the 2016 Dandara 10K, Tammy Wilson is a strong favourite for the 2017 EBLAST 5K crown.
Tammy commented: “Without a shadow of a doubt Run Garioch is my favourite event of the North-East racing year and I look forward to having taken part in all three races.”
For more information, or to download the event programme, visit the Run Garioch website