We're up and running - you can enter now! - 6 November 2012
The festival of running, now in its 16th year, takes place over the weekend of April 27th-28th 2013 when more than 5,000 runners and almost as many spectators are expected to flock to Deeside.
RunBalmoral Chairman James Knowles never ceases to be amazed by the enthusiasm and commitment shown by the huge number of people who take part every year and he is already looking forward to what promises to be another memorable occasion.
He said: "We try our best to make each year a better experience than the previous one and for 2013 we’ve made some changes to the programme which, hopefully, will make RunBalmoral 2013 another big success story.
“On the Saturday we will once again have races for all age groups, starting with the MPH Primary schools 1.5K runs for boys and girls, and the Kongsberg Maritime Secondary schools 2.5K. There’s also the ConocoPhillips 5K and the Stena Drilling Tartan 10K for adults.
“Then on the Sunday, we can offer the RunBalmoral 15 mile trail race which takes runners out into some of the wilder and more testing routes on the estate.
"With the backing of our sponsors, we have introduced the Stena Drilling-ConocoPhillips Corporate Team Challenge which is designed to encourage teams of runners from companies and other organisations to compete against other in the 5K and 10K for a magnificent trophy.
“We are also working closely with Scottishathletics to introduce a new team competition in the RunBalmoral 15 mile trail race. We hope to be able to announce more about this exciting new development in the very near future.”
The trail race captured the imagination of the running community last year when Banchory's Robbie Simpson and Dundee-based American Morgan Windram-Geddes earned themselves trips to the Great Ethiopian 10K Run by winning the men's and women's divisions respectively.
Robbie and Morgan will travel to Africa later this month to take part alongside 15,000 other competitors in what promises to be an unforgettable experience in Addis Ababa.
Four records were set at last year's Balmoral event. Commonwealth Games 1500m runner Ali Hay (Central AC) became the first man to crack the 15 minute barrier when clocking 14min 57secs to win the ConocoPhillips 5K. And Scotland international Rhona Auckland (Banchory Stonehaven AC) won the women's prize by slicing a massive 30secs off the previous best when recording 17min 16secs, a time bettered by just two men in the field.
Youngster Rebecca Eggeling (Aberdeen AAC) also set a new record in the MPH Primary schools girls 1.5K when recording 5min 54sec to take four seconds off the time she set the previous year.
And Kemnay's Gregor Young also set a new standard by winning the Kongsberg Maritime Secondary school 2.5K in 7min 14secs, an improvement of five seconds on his 2011 winning performance.
Race Director Alastair Simpson hopes for more of the same in 2013. He said: ”It’s great to see so many runners producing top quality performances at Balmoral. Some athletes, such as Robbie Simpson, have been competing here since they were youngsters and it’s wonderful to see them still coming along now as established international level competitors.
“But it’s not just the top runners who seem to enjoy Balmoral. Thousands of people, from absolute beginners to experienced veterans, enjoy coming here. And many people take part to raise thousands of pounds for worthy charitable causes. RunBalmoral truly does offer something for everyone.
“Many of our races sold out well before the official closing date, so I’d encourage anyone thinking about taking part to sign up as quickly as possible.”
RunBalmoral Marketing Manager Garry Marsden added: “I believe that we offer a unique experience. Everyone taking part in the RunBalmoral races gets free access to the estate grounds over the course of the weekend. And we are working towards developing a new event village this year which will offer top quality attractions and refreshments for families. All in all, it should be a great occasion.”
Full entry details can be found at www.runbalmoral.com
Notes for Editors
RunBalmoral 2013 takes place on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th April 2013.
The programme of races is as follows:-
Saturday 27th April 2013
- Stena Drilling Tartan 10K
- ConocoPhillips 5K
- Kongsberg Maritime Secondary Schools 2.5K
- MPH Primary Schools girls and boys 1.5K.
Sunday 28th April 2013
- RunBalmoral 15 Mile Trail Race
On both days there will also be an enhanced Event Village featuring a range of activities for youngsters and quality food concessions
Stena Drilling – ConocoPhillips Corporate Team Challenge
The Stena Drilling - ConocoPhillips Corporate Team Challenge is an exciting new competition embodied within RunBalmoral 2013. It provides an opportunity for businesses/organisations to compete for the magnificent team trophy to be awarded to the RunBalmoral Corporate Team Challenge Champions 2013. Also, a special prize will be given out to one team drawn at random from all the entries. So there’s something for everyone to go for.
Teams must enter at least four runners in the ConocoPhillips 5k and the Stena Drilling Tartan 10k, i.e, you must have at least four people entered in each race.
The same runners can compete in both the 5k and the 10k if they so wish.
The first four runners from each team to finish each race will count towards the Team Challenge.
The finishing position of each of the four runners in each race will be added together to give an overall score. The team with the lowest total combined from the two races will win the Trophy.
Teams can be all male, all female or a combination of both.
The official RunBalmoral 2013 race charities are:-
VSA: sit www.vsa.org.uk
CLIC Sargent: www.clicsargent.org.uk
CLAN Cancer Support: www.clanhouse.org
Run-4-It is the RunBalmoral 2013 retail partner: www.run4it.com