Balmoral Castle the backdrop to the race

Why you are running at Balmoral - 7 February 2012

We asked you to tell us why you are running at Balmoral and many of you responded by saying you are raising funds for a variety of very worthwhile causes.

Here's a selection:-

Aberdeen's Laura Venables and others from Siemens are running the 10Km for MND Scotland in memory of a former colleague.

Westhill's Julie Copeland is raising funds for the UK Toby Cooling Register at Oxford University by doing the 5Km. They develop the use of cooling mats for newborn babies.

Pitmedden's Mark and Kate Stephen, along with Calum, are on Millie's Mission - raising money for the Archie Foundation. This is because Mark and Kate's daughter, and Calum's sister, has been diagnosed with West Syndrome.

Cristina Lagido, Markus Arnold, Lauren White, Debbie McLaggan,Laura Katvars and Scott Bradley are part of a large University of Aberdeen team taking part to raise money in memory of their colleague and friend Dr Gail Ferguson who died of breast cancer recently.

Jamie Bell is running in memory of his wife Pauline who sadly passed away in 2011 after being diagnosed with stomach cancer. Jamie,his daughter Lauren, and a number of other family members and friends will be raising funds for Gastrocan.

Viv Taylor is organising a team of staff and pupils from Crombie School in Westhill who are also running in aid of Gastrocan.

Peterculter golf professional Ross McConnachie is doing the 10Km to raise money for the Archie Foundation.

Alford's Annie and Chrissie Anderson are running the 10Km for a charity called Acts which drives patients in and out of hospital.

Peterculter's Tracy Milne is being joined by Carole Noble, Andrew Wyles, Tracy Ridge, Julie Baghurst, Dan Smith and Culter school pupils to raise awarness for Tracy's son Alfie, 4, who suffers from a rare condition called lympangiomatosis.

Sophia Gerth and Lisa Honsiger are two of BP Clic team raising money for Clic Sargent. Last year 20 BP graduate employees raised £5,100 running for Clic Sargent wearing fluorescent pink tutus.

Turriff's Ailsa Stronach is competing because she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in October 2011 and she wants to raise money for Diabetes UK.

Aberdeen's Scott Beedie is running the 10Km to raise money in memory of his wife who died of a brain tumor in May 2011.

Aberdeen's Stuart Jack and family are running to raise funds for UCAN Charity Robot.

Andrew Webster will travel from Otley to run for the Dr. Petty cancer charity, raising money for reseach into oesophageal cancer.

Aberdeen's Lorraine McCoig's dad died from oesophageal cancer in 2007 and she is keen to support the GASTROCAN charity this year.

Westhill youngster Morven Begg has the condition Cystic Fibrosis. Morven is tackling her first run and she'll be  raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

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