Run Garioch 2017 launched in Olympic style last month as Team GB and London 2012 athlete Hannah England declared entries to the March 2017 event open. In addition to kickstarting the event, to be held on Mother’s Day, Sunday 26 March next year, Hannah also led two sessions of athletics for the children of the Garioch Sports Centre’s Junior Olympians Club.
The organisers also outlined a number of changes to race day next year, including modifications to the route of the EBLAST 5K, the expansion of the Event Village to include more catering options and family activities and changes to the management and routes of the Junior Run to accommodate their target of 1000 schoolchildren. Unlike in previous years, the Junior Run will now be held after, rather than before, the adult events.
Changes have also been made to the rules for the two team prizes in the Dandara 10K. There will now be one prize for the fastest running club/jogscotland group and another for the fastest team from an AB51 business.
Funds raised by Run Garioch support the work of the Garioch Sports Trust, which runs Inverurie’s Garioch Sports Centre. The Centre’s new car park, recent interior renovations, new website and gym equipment have all been funded to some degree by sums raised by Run Garioch.
Race organiser Eric Simpson commented: “Funds from Run Garioch will also play a vital part in our new £15M building proposal. We are Inverurie’s largest sporting event and the whole race committee is very proud that funds from RG2017 will help improve access to sporting and community facilities for all.”
Entries to Run Garioch 2017 on Sunday, 26 March are now open on the Run Garioch website. Entries will close Sunday, 26 February, or as each event sells out.