12 Feb

One Big Weekend Entries Now Open

One Big Weekend runners (image courtesy of Lesley Martin)

Entries are now open for the 2014 jogscotland One Big Weekend runs on 2 and 3 August. The event consists of four 5k runs in Aberdeen, Perth, Glasgow and Edinburgh, that are designed to give runners from more than 500 jogscotland running clubs the perfect chance to get together. The timed runs are also open to non-jogscotland members and anyone aged 11 or above.

Billy Mitchell, head of jogscotland, said: “Come join us for fitness and fun over one fabulous summer weekend. The jogscotland One Big Weekend is open to all levels of running ability. Just like our jog groups, the events are friendly and supportive. They’re a great chance to beat a personal best time, raise money for your favourite charity or simply enjoy crossing the finish line with friends. After last year’s success One Big Weeken fast becoming a permanent exciting addition to the Scottish running calendar.”
 
Last year, thousands took part in the first jogscotland One Big Weekend running festival with most completing just one of the 5k races. But superfit Susan Stewart of Peebles went one step further and completed all four of jogscotland’s One Big Weekend races as part of a challenge to complete 50 stunning sporting challenges before she hit the big 50. She lined up the non-stop schedule to raise awareness about the urgent need for organ donors after her husband Alan’s life was saved by a kidney transplant. And schoolteacher Alan - who received a new kidney from his sister Kathleen - felt so well he decided to join her by completing all four races too.
 
Susan said: “We had a great time doing all four events. We were tired but really exhilarated at the end of our fourth and final race in Glasgow. The races were really well organised with very different warm-ups at each one to keep us on our toes.  Our aim at the start of the 50 events was to complete 50 events between us but we are actually going to manage to have completed 50 events each by my birthday on July 12 this year. We’re definitely nifty at 50.”
 
All runners who finish will receive a running belt as well as a medal and goody bag. Entries cost £14.78 for jogscotland members and £16.78 for non-jogscotland members. Those who sign up before midnight on Sunday 23 February will qualify for an early bird offer which is £12.78 for jogscotland members and £14.78 for non members. To enter go to the event website.