4 Oct

Onwards And Upwards At Bennachie Hill Race

Bennachie Startline

The 23rd annual Bennachie Hill Race will be held this Sunday (7 October) and starts at the Back o'Bennachie car park near Oyne. The race, an 8 mile route with 1150 feet of ascent around the Garioch's most famous landmark, takes in Watch Craig, Oxen Craig, Craigshannoch and Mither Tap itself.

The senior race is open to all runners over 18, while a junior hill race, with a shorter course and considerably less climbing, has been designed for runners aged 13-17. Registration will be open from 12.30-1.30pm with both races starting at 2pm. Tea, water and homebakes will be available for all runners at the finish.

The Inverurie-based Garioch Roadrunners organise both races. Club Chair Craig Kelly said: "Our members are looking forward to welcoming runners from across the country to Bennachie this weekend. The race always encourages a good turnout of folk more used to road running and who only venture onto the hills once a year, just for Bennachie. They are very welcome, and as always, we particularly encourage younger runners to try the Junior Hill Race."

In addition to organising the Bennachie Hill Race, Garioch Roadrunners hold two club nights each week. In autumn and winter, their Tuesday and Thursday runs start and finish at the Garioch Sports Centre, Burghmuir Road, Inverurie. All runs start at 6.35pm sharp, and there is a choice of a 6.25-mile, 8-mile or 10-mile route - all on the well-lit pavements of Inverurie.

For more information visit the Garioch Roadrunners website.