Robbie aims for hat-trick in St James's Place Wealth Management Trail Race - 19 February 2013
The 21 year-old Banchory athlete has dominated the trail run since it was added to the Balmoral race programme two years ago.
He won the inaugural race in 2011, held over the half marathon distance, when recording 1hr 13min 40sec to finish almost three minutes ahead of Metro Aberdeen's Niku Millot.
Robbie followed that up last year by powering round a new 15 mile course in 1hr 21min 11sec to defeat fellow international Murray Strain (Hunters Bog Trotters) by just over 30secs to win a dream trip to a race in Ethiopia,
The Deeside runner has already committed to tackling the Stena Drilling Tartan 10K at Balmoral on Saturday 27th April, but he's now contemplating doubling up by tackling the St James's Place race 24 hours later.
He said:"I've never won the 10K so I'm really going to make a big push for it this year.
But I'm seriously thinking about doing the 15 miles as well. I'd be going out for a long run on the Sunday in any case, so I might as well do it at Balmoral.
It really depends, I guess, on how the 10K goes on the Saturday."
St James's Place Wealth Management is the latest addition to the family of RunBalmoral sponsors and their backing will greatly assist in the development of the 15 mile race.
In its first year the trail race attracted 148 participants but this grew to 218 in 2012.
There has been a further upsurge in interest this year, however, and it looks as though up to 400 runners will tackle the scenic but challenging route around the royal estate.
Sarah Hughes, Senior Partner of St James's Place Partnership said: “The 15 mile trail run, sponsored this year for the first time by St. James’s Place Wealth Management, offers an inspiring and challenging run along the paths and trails of the magnificent and not untesting terrain of the Balmoral Estate.
Trail running is increasing in popularity every year and this relatively new race will rapidly become an integral part of the Run Balmoral weekend.”
The company also hopes the event will offer an opportunity for charities to benefit from its involvement.
Mark Longbottom, Head of the St. James’s Place Foundation, said: “The St. James’s Place Foundation is a grant making charity with a difference. The vast majority of funds raised come from fundraising or generous donations made by the representatives and employees of St. James’s Place Wealth Management.
These funds are matched pound for pound by the company and are donated to UK registered charities operating both in the UK and abroad. The majority of the projects supported by the Foundation focus on children and young people, those with a disability or those who are disadvantaged.
Events like RunBalmoral are well supported by our community and this particular event will help us to continue to support small and medium sized charities across Scotland.”