Commonwealth Games marathon bronze medallist Robbie Simpson took time out from his busy schedule last week to conduct a training session with runners from an Aberdeen-based oilfield services company.
Schlumberger were the lucky winners of the prize draw giving companies signing up early to the Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run’s business challenge the chance to win a training, Q&A and advice session with the Banchory-based Commonwealth Games medallist.
Simpson flew in from his training base in Switzerland to put the team through their paces with drills. He also guided the runners through a workout at Aberdeen Sports Village, before giving advice and answering questions.
Avril Duncan, a sales administrator with the company who is to run the event’s 10k, felt she benefitted from the session with the bronze medallist. She said: “It was really good. The running was tough but I enjoyed it and Robbie has certainly spurred me on.”
“Sometimes I lose a bit of motivation but this has inspired me again. Now I’ll maybe try to run faster after what he showed us. I learned a lot about running, fitness and nutrition.”
Quality Assurance engineer Peter Birnie, another 10k runner, was in no doubt about the value of the occasion. He said: “It was fantastic, especially the question and answer session, although the training run was great as well. Speaking with Robbie has given me the motivation to push on and get some training done.”
Simpson, who hopes to return to the event to defend his title in the half marathon, believes the Business Challenge is a fantastic idea and hopes many more organisations will sign up for the event.
There are a number of different prize categories and all businesses that enter 12 or more people into the event will receive an engraved plaque.
The Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run takes place on Sunday, 26 August and includes a half marathon, a 10k and a one-mile Family Run for runners over the age of three. All the races start and finish on the Granite City’s historic Union Street.
To enter the Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run visit the event website.