Fresh off setting a new PB and new course record at the Inverness Half Marathon, Robbie Simpson has been inspiring school kids to take on a running challenge in 2018. Simpson, who will run the marathon for Team Scotland at the Commonwealth Games, was promoting the BHGE 10K Running Festival which takes place Sunday 20 May.
His visit came ahead of the official 10-week countdown to the North- East’s longest-running road race. Now in its 31st year, the BHGE 10K Running Festival is the big race in Aberdeen and for many runners the highlight of their season.
The course is based around the Aberdeen beach and harbour area and has some spectacular views along the route of the North Sea, the famous Beach Ballroom and Aberdeen FC's Pittodrie Stadium. The Active Schools 2K is open to children from primary 6 to S4 and includes a wheelchair race category.
Simpson said: “Events like these are a great way for kids from all backgrounds to get in to running, it’s really enjoyable to compete in a big race close to home alongside friends and family.
“For some it may be their first step in discovering natural talent or passion for competitive sport and for others it may be a way to make new friends and keep fit – the important thing is having the opportunity to get involved in a fun and healthy activity.”
Entries for the BHGE 10K running festival are available here.