24 Dec

GEF XC Returns to Haddo House

Entries are now open for the Gathimba Edwards Foundation’s annual Haddo House Cross Country event (Sunday, 27 January). 

2019 will be the fourth year the foundation, founded by Scotland middle distance runner Myles Edwards and Kenyan international Gideon Gathimba, has organised the event at the historic home near Ellon, Aberdeenshire. 
Funds raised through this year’s races will be used to support the mission of the charity: to help give disadvantaged kids in Kenya a good start in life through the provision of shelter, education, clothing and sustainable food solutions. 
As always, the GEF Haddo Cross County event will feature races for all ages and abilities in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.   
Children aged 5–8 can ‘Try a Trail’ over a distance of less than a mile, while U11, U13, U15 and U17 (3 mile) boys and girls will compete for their prizes over longer distances based on their age.
Adults have the choice of the three-mile or six-mile route around the grounds of the stately home and country park. 
Edwards told runABC Scotland online: “We’re really excited about the fourth year of races at Haddo House. The event has enabled us to change the lives of many children in Kenya, and we hope to be able to do that again this time round.”
He explained: “Last year’s event raised funds used to provide the Cheerful Special Needs Children’s Home with maize flour for a whole year, as well as home help for one of the families we support in Nairobi as their single father recovers from major surgery.”
While entries are now being taken, Edwards and his fellow organisers are still looking for help on the day.  
He told us: “We still need around 20 volunteers to marshal and help with entries, so please do get in touch if you can help.” 
Entry forms are available on the GEF website and can be submitted via email to haddo@gathimbaedwardsfoundation.org or by post to Gathimba Edwards Foundation, 43 Albert Street, Aberdeen, AB25 1XT. On the day entries will also be available up to 30 minutes before each race start time.
Image: GEF Haddo House XC 2018