The build-up to Run Garioch 2015 got off to a flying start on Monday (6 October) at Inverurie’s Garioch Sports Centre. All 18 past winners of the 10k were invited to help launch the anniversary event (on 22 March) with five attending on the day: Carolyn Milne (2006), Kyle Greig (2008), Nicola Gauld (2008, 2013), Chris Winward (2009) and Ben Hukins (2010, 2013).
The launch was also the beginning of celebrations for next year’s 10th anniversary of the Garioch 10K – the event from which today’s Run Garioch grew. Schoolchildren Megan Robertson (Strathburn School) and Thomas Garvett (Monymusk School) who will be celebrating their 10th birthdays the same weekend as the 10k race also took part in the launch. Both children participated in the CP&Co. Junior Run last year.
Race director Eric Simpson told the audience: “We’ve come a long way since the days of the Garioch 10K in 2006. Since then, over 8000 runners have completed the 10K alone, and hundreds more have enjoyed the 5K and Half Marathon courses we launched when Run Garioch was created in 2011.”
Simpson also announced a number of improvements to the 2015 event, including an increase in prize money and a ‘double your money’ reward for race winners breaking course records. He also promised a full review of water stations and course signage. The entry fees for all junior run events have been reduced by £1 and those for the Ferguson Group 5K and the Accord Energy Half Marathon frozen for the second year in a row.
A series of incentives for jogscotland groups and secondary school pupils to take part in the Ferguson Group 5K will be announced shortly. Simpson also confirmed that a revamped ‘10 Weeks to Run Garioch’ Training Programme will return in early 2015. Details will be announced shortly.
Entries are now open on the Run Garioch website. Entries to all races are limited, and will close towards the end of February to allow for the processing and posting of race packs, or when individual races sell out.