Tonight (Tuesday, 2 April) sees the first of the 2019 ‘Krunce’ mid-week hill races.
The series of six races, held on the first Tuesday of every month between April and October, are organised by Aberdeenshire’s Cosmic Hillbashers.
2019 will be the 29th edition of the popular series, which over the decades has been held in three different venues with four different courses.
Held at Tyrebagger Sculpture Park for the last few years, the events fall into the ‘short sharp shock’ category: two laps of forestry paths and tracks, totalling four miles and 740ft of elevation.
Although no prizes are awarded for each individual event, prizes are awarded at the end of the season for the most improved runner over the full series.
Last year’s series winner was Karen Homer of Turriff, with 40 series points.
Profits from the 2018 series were donated to the British Heart Foundation. Homer also donated her prize money to the cause, bringing the total up to £375.
The current records, which have stood since the spring of 2014, are 22.16 (Ben Hukins) and Clare Whitehead (26.03).
The remaining five dates are 7 May, 4 June, 2 July, 7 May, 6 August and 3 September. All start at 7pm (with registration starting at 6.30pm), except the September event, which starts at 6.45pm (registration from 6.15).
First registration costs £2, and subsequent races £1. Organisers also ask that runners bring a copy of the registration form and their own safety pins.