2014 Corporate Challenge - 21 April 2014
Aberdeen Sports Village team captain David Beattie is confident his side will put up a spirited defence of the Stena Drilling-ConocoPhillips Corporate Challenge team title in this weekend's Balmoral races despite not being able to call on the services of Scotland international Kyle Greig.
The ASV team became the inaugural winners of the magnificent trophy, made from red deer antler and sycamore wood,last April when Greig turned in the best individual performance by finishing third in the ConocoPhillips 5Km.
Beattie said:"Unfortunately Kyle is struggling with an injury at the moment and he won't be there on Saturday but we will still have a strong squad. We have a coach-load of 30 runners going up to Balmoral and we'll be giving it our best shot.
"Gemma Cormack is one of our top distance runners and hopefully she'll do well in the 5Km while we've also roped in sprinters like Alison Wylie and Fraser McGillivray. It will be a step up in distance for them, but hopefully they'll be fine."
ASV's opponents include a team from the Balmoral estate who will hope to make best use of their local knowledge to do well.
Team Balmoral will field a 13 strong squad of runners, six in the 5Km and seven in the 10Km, in a serious bid to take the title.
Balmoral Factor Richard Gledson, who sits on the Board of Directors of the organisation which puts on the event, is taking part in the 10Km.
He'll be joined on the team by the estate's Visitor Enterprise Manager Garry Marsden who is also part of the RunBalmoral Event Management Team.
Garry, who is running in the 5Km, is optimistic about the team's chances of securing a glorious win in their own backyard. He said:"It's quite a diverse group, but we will all be doing our best. In our 10Km squad we have a couple of possible sub 40 minute runners, so you never know what might happen.
Eighteen teams will battle it out for the trophy. Each team must field four runners in the ConocoPhillips 5K and four runners in the Stena Drilling 10Km.
The finishing position of each of the four runners in each race will be added together to give an overall score and the team with the lowest combined total from the two races will win the trophy
The successful team will receive a special RunBalmoral 2015 race package which includes four entries for the 10Km, four entries for the 5Km, hospitality and parking.
There’s also another prize to be awarded to one team, drawn at random from all the entries, so there’s something for everyone to go for.