Balmoral Castle the backdrop to the race

Balmoral Breaks All Records - 29 March 2011

The growing success of the Balmoral road races is reflected in the fact that record numbers of runners have entered all four events on Saturday 23rd April.

2,500 people will compete in the Stena Drilling Tartan 10Km, 1,000 will line-up in the ConocoPhillips 5Km, 800 will tackle the MPH Primary Schools 1.5Km and 250 will be involved in the Kongsberg Maritime Secondary Schools 2.5Km.

There's still room for more runners in the Kongsberg Maritime event, but entries have now closed for the other three races as the capacity for each has been reached.

The popularity of the Primary Schools run is such that, for the second year in a row, separate races will be held for boys and girls.

For those who have left it too late to enter the 10Km or 5Km, there is now the option of competing in the Petrofac Challenge on Sunday 24th April.

The Challenge is not for the faint-hearted.It's a 13.1 mile multi-terrain half marathon following a scenic, but testing, route around some of the magnificent trails on the Royal estate.

Participants will climb up from the Dee Valley towards Glen Gelder where, if they take time to pause, they will enjoy magnificent views of Lochnagar and the Cairngorms.

They will then cross open moorland before descending through a pine forest and onwards to the finish near the Castle.

A field of 250 is expected to run in this inaugural event which seems destined to become another key feature in future RunBalmoral meetings.

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