The Highlands was abuzz with excitement yesterday as details about the 2015 RunBalmoral running festival were revealed at its launch. The 18th edition of the popular event will take place over the weekend of 25-26 April, held within the beautiful grounds of the Queen’s summer residence at Balmoral Castle.
More than 5,000 participants and almost as many spectators are expected to flock to Deeside for the festival, with international athletes and first time fun runners rubbing shoulders in the programme of eight races. The races cater for all age groups, and are held over traffic-free courses offering magnificent views of the castle and the spectacular surrounding countryside.
RunBalmoral chairman James Knowles was delighted to announce an exciting number of new initiatives for the festival: “RunBalmoral is always a superb weekend and this year we are looking forward to it being even more varied and interesting. The action will get underway on the Saturday with the MPH Primary Schools 1.5K, with separate races for girls and boys. That’s followed by the Kongsberg Maritime secondary schools 2.5K. Adults then get their chance to shine in the ConocoPhillips 5K and the Stena Drilling Tartan 10K. The 5K and 10K incorporate the Stena Drilling-ConocoPhilips Corporate Challenge in which teams battle for the distinctive antler and elm trophy.
On the Sunday, Apollo will be backing a thrilling new duathlon in which competitors will test their running and mountain biking skills over a 30k course. It starts with a 5k run, then its 20k on the bike before finishing off with another 5k run. Glacier Energy will sponsor our 15 mile trail race held over a stunning course which takes in some of the most scenic parts of the estate. The Sunday programme is completed by the Wee Trail Race held over a three mile course designed very much for beginners and younger athletes. “
Knowles also highlighted a new RunBalmoral project which he is particularly enthusiastic about: “We are keen to look at new ways of supporting local community groups and this year we will be introducing a sports bursary award. Local schools and other youth or community organisations will be invited to bid for the award, full details of which will be announced in due course. This is a completely new project and is one I am looking forward to being involved with.”
Full entry details and further information can be found at the event website.