30 May

Peterhead Launches Running Festival

Peterhead Half Marathon 2011

Last Friday saw the official launch of the 2012 Peterhead Running Festival & Fun Day. The event, organised by Peterhead jogscotland in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council, is set to take place on September 16.

With over 600 participants in last year's races and a total of 2000 people attending the festival, organisers are hoping to attract even more runners to Catto Park playing fields and running track this September. The festivities will include the third staging of the Peterhead half marathon, the Shell 5k Run and the Shell School Fun Runs.

Spokesman for the organising committee Stephen Bruce, commented: "After the success of last year's first Peterhead Running Festival we are really thrilled and honoured that Shell has once again decided to be our main sponsor."

As was the case last year, the festival is open to everyone and Stephen said he hopes the free entry to the School Fun Runs will encourage more children to take part: "By the time the festival comes around the Olympics will be finished, and we hope all ages will be encouraged to get active and take part. All are welcome from the five year old primary 1 pupil who can take part in Shell School Fun Runs to grannies and granddads who can walk, jog or even run the Shell 5k."

All proceeds for the festival will go the Scottish Spina Bifida Association and other local charities. For more information, visit the Peterhead jogscotland website.