Balmoral Castle the backdrop to the race

Wee Trail Race starts national series - 13 February 2014

The Balmoral Wee Trail Race on 27th April, is one of the first of nine events included in a national running intitiative designed to encourage more people to participate in the sport.

The three mile Balmoral run will kickstart the 2014 jogscotland Challenge Series which organisers hope will eventually include races from all over the country.

The Wee Trail race is one of seven races being held as part of the Balmoral festival of running on 26th and 27th April when more than 5,000 participants of all ages will take part in a varied programme of events.

James Knowles, Chairman of RunBalmoral, is looking forward to the occasion.

He said: "We are delighted to be working with jogscotland to promote opportunities for less experienced runners to sample some fantastic new events.

"Our Wee Trail race is held over a spectacular three mile route within the grounds of Balmoral Castle on Royal Deeside.

"Its a new addition to our programme of races for 2014 and its purpose is primarily to give people the chance to sample trail running in an attractive and safe environment.

"The Royal estate provides a unique and stunning setting for a run of this type and the whole family can enjoy the occasion.   

"We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to what promises to be an exciting day."

Head of jogscotland, Billy Mitchell, said: “We’re really excited to be launching this new series of events, which will take place throughout the year and right across the country. 

"We’re currently working on a final schedule that will include trail runs and road runs, reaching the Highlands and the Islands as well as cities and towns.

“The routes and locations might be fantastically varied, but one thing we can guarantee is that when joggers see that an event is part of the jogscotland Challenge Series, it will be fun, friendly and welcoming for beginners, as well as being suitable for more experienced runners.

“By linking up with other organisations to back their events, we can make the most of their local expertise and help them reach an audience of joggers right across the country. It also means we can host our Challenges in a much wider range of venues than ever before, giving more people the opportunity to take part in a jogscotland event.”

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