14 Jan

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Winners from the 2012 City of Aberdeen Baker Hughes 10k - Ben Hukins and Nicola Gauld

Youngsters in Aberdeen were left feeling inspired to go running after the recent launch of one of the city's most popular sporting events - the City of Aberdeen Baker Hughes 10K. 2012 winners, Ben Hukins and Nicola Gauld, were on hand at Kaimhill Primary School to help launch the event which will take place on Sunday 19 May.

Ben Hukins and Nicola Gauld pose with primary children at the event launch.

Now in its 27th year, the 10k event is organised by Sport Aberdeen and attracted 4,585 entries last year. At the launch, Ben spoke to children about the benefits of athletics while Nicola told them why she got involved with running. The pair took the opportunity to become the first to sign up for this year's race where they are hoping to defend their respective titles.

Graham Morrison, events and projects officer at Sport Aberdeen, said: "We are delighted to launch the 2013 City of Aberdeen Baker Hughes 10K. The event is always exceptional but will be all the more special in 2013 with runners having been inspired by the cream of world's sporting talent at the London Olympics.

"It is fantastic to have Ben and Nicola help mark the opening of entries and be the first to sign up for the race. With a limited number of places available we'd encourage anyone interested in taking part to sign up sooner rather than later."

As well as the 10K, registration is also available for the 10K wheelchair race and you can enter the Banks O' Dee Family Fun Run on race day. To enter the race, visit the Sport Aberdeen website.