Petrofac Offers Runners A New Balmoral Challenge - 22 February 2011
An exciting new race has been added to the programme of events being held at this year's Run Balmoral meeting.
The Petrofac Challenge, held over a 13 mile mixed terrain course, will take place on Sunday 24th April, the day after the other Balmoral races.
Event Director Alastair Simpson hopes the race will add a further dimension to the popular Deeside meeting.
He said:"It's great that we have something new to offer. The Stena Drilling Tartan 10Km on the Saturday is almost full now with 2,400 runners, so the Petrofac Challenge on the Sunday will offer an alternative to experienced runners who have maybe missed out.
"Competitors will then climb up through the estate to Glen Gelder and, if they pause for a breath,they'll be able to take in some fantastic views of Lochnagar and the Cairngorms to the west. "The route then meanders across some open moorland before descending through a pine forest and back to the finishing line close to the Dee."
Jim Knowles, Chairman of the Board of Balmoral Road Races Ltd, who launched the event today, is equally excited about the new race.
He said: "We are delighted that Petrofac Offshore Engineering & Operations is involved with Run Balmoral and greatly value their support.
“We anticipate the popularity of distance running will feed the new event and help create a whole Run Balmoral weekend, attracting leisure tourism to Royal Deeside.”
Carl Thompson, vice president, finance & business services for Petrofac Offshore Engineering & Operations, said: “This is an exciting new sports event for us and we are working with Run Balmoral to help athletes develop their ambitions and progress to the longer distance event.
"We hope to have at least 50 of our employees taking part but we'll also be encouraging some of our clients to enter people. It should be a great event."
The inuagural Petrofac Challenge is likely to attract a field of between 250 and 500 runners, although more can be accommodated if there is a surge in demand for places.
Meanwhile, entries for the other races at Balmoral on Saturday 23rd April, are continuing to pour in.
Only a handful of places remain in the Stena Drilling Tartan 10Km while the ConocoPhillips 5Km is also filling up.
Entries for the Kongsberg secondary schools 2.5Km and the MPH primary schools 1.5Km are also well ahead of the levels reached at this stage last year.
In all, around 5,000 runners and as many spectators are expected to turn out for the meeting which is firmly established as one of the country's biggest and best running festivals.