21 Feb

jogscotland Launches 2014 Challenge Series

Edinburgh One Big Weekend 5K Start (credit Lesley Martin)

jogscotland has launched its 2014 Challenge Series, which promises to be bigger and more diverse than ever. This year, the recreational running network is joining forces with local event organisers to help stage events suitable for beginners. The events will take place in locations across the country, and range from one-off events to races that are part of larger running festivals.

Talks are underway to finalise the full series, taking in as wide a range of locations as possible. The first to be confirmed are:

  • 27 Apr  -  Run Balmoral 3 Mile Wee Trail Race (new for 2014)
  • 18 May  - Monklands 5K Fun Run, North Lanarkshire Leisure
  • 14 Jun  - Men’s 5K, Glasgow – a new distance for the Men’s 10K Festival
  • 29 Jun  - Peterhead Running Festival Shell 5K Walk/Jog/Run
  • 2 Aug  - One Big Weekend, Aberdeen (am)
  • 2 Aug  - One Big Weekend, Perth (pm)
  • 3 Aug  - One Big Weekend, Glasgow (am)
  • 3 Aug  - One Big Weekend, Edinburgh (pm)
  • 14 Dec  - Christmas Cracker Festive 5K, Strathclyde Park, North Lanarkshire Leisure (provisional date)

Head of jogscotland, Billy Mitchell, said: “We’re really excited to be launching this series of events, which will take place throughout the year and right across the country. We’re currently working on a final schedule that will include trail runs and road runs, reaching the Highlands and the Islands as well as cities and towns. The routes and locations might be fantastically varied, but one thing we can guarantee is that when joggers see that an event is part of the jogscotland Challenge Series, it will be fun, friendly and welcoming for beginners, as well as being suitable for more experienced runners.”

Chairman of Run Balmoral, James Knowles, spoke about the organisation’s Wee Trail race being added to the programme of events: "We are delighted to be working with jogscotland to promote opportunities for less experienced runners to sample some fantastic new events. Our Wee Trail race is held over a spectacular three-mile route within the grounds of Balmoral Castle on Royal Deeside. It's a new addition to our programme of races for 2014 and its purpose is primarily to give people the chance to sample trail running in an attractive and safe environment."
Sarah McMillan, event manager for The Men's 10K Festival, commented: "It's so important to us to be able to provide events that encourage all men to be fit and active, so to include a Men's 5K for those for whom the 10K is unachievable, or just not their distance, is really exciting for us. We're especially thrilled that the 5K will be part of this year's jogscotland Challenge series and that both the 5K and the Men's 10K will be Scottish Athletics affiliated events."
James Quinlan, One Big Weekend event manager spoke of his excitement about teaming up with jogscotland for a second year: “After last year’s success, jogscotland One Big Weekend is fast becoming a worthy addition to the Scottish running calendar. Go for Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth or Aberdeen, which ever 5K you sign up for, it’s the perfect chance for some action packed fitness and fun this summer.”
Entries for each of the events should be submitted directly to event organisers – for the latest list of events and entry links visit the jogscotland website.

jogscotland Gold members can claim their free sign-up for an event in the Challenge Series by emailing joskead@scottishathletics.org.uk