As she prepares to battle it out in the ballroom on Strictly Come Dancing this weekend, a running event in Stirling may also be on Judy Murray's mind. The Fed Cup captain and mother of tennis players Andy and Jamie has been a big supporter of the Beat Beethoven Fun Run taking place for the third year on Sunday (19 October).
Judy said of the event: "I’m delighted to hear of the achievement of the Beat Beethoven Fun Run in the past two years. It has raised considerable funds for Children’s Hospice Association Scotland and Parkinson’s UK. I wish it every success in 2014."
She has previously stated that she really likes the idea of the race, though has yet to participate in it, presumably due to her busy schedule.
Organised by the Rotary Club of Bridge of Allan and Dunblane, the event is based on a Canadian race and will be held at the University of Stirling. Participants will attempt to run 5k or walk 2.7K in the time it takes to play Beethoven's Fifth Symphony (around 35 minutes). The course is flat and is mostly on lochside trails. All entrants receive a medal and those who finish within the time will receive a certificate.
Judy isn't the only high-profile supporter of the race as the German composer himself has given his backing to the event, posting via his own blog:"I first made the journey to Dunblane last year to ascertain the background of the Beat Beethoven Fun Run, annoyed by the thought that less esteemed persons mistakenly thought they could ‘beat’ me, the Maestro. However, when I discovered that the Beat Beethoven Fun Run set out to raise money for the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland and Parkinson’s UK, I gladly endorsed the event."
For more information, go to the Beat Beethoven website.