Run Balmoral 2025 Entry is Open!

 

We are very pleased to announce that entries have now opened for Run Balmoral 2025. The event will take place over the weekend of April 26-27.

 

And, in a major move towards improving our sustainability objectives, Run Balmoral 2025 will contribute to one of the biggest nature restoration projects ever undertaken in the Cairngorms.

 

The River Dee Trust conservation charity has committed to planting a million native trees along the riverbank between now and 2035 as part of a massive scheme to help protect Atlantic salmon and other wildlife in and around the River Dee and its tributaries. The project was launched in 2020 and already over 460,000 native trees have been planted.

 

So, in 2025, instead of providing t-shirts to competitors, Run Balmoral will contribute one new tree for every runner who signs up to take part in our races. This means we could be planting more than 5,000 trees next year.

 

It’s something we have been aiming to do for some time and after discussion with our sponsors and listening to comments from runners, we feel this is the right decision to make.

 

We also have a new event for 2025, with the duathlon being replaced by a six-mile trail race on day two.

 

Our other popular races will remain: the MPH primary schools 1.5k, the RAM Tubulars secondary schools 2.5k, the Harbour Energy 5k, and the Stena Drilling 10k on the Saturday, followed by the new six-mile trail race and the Bristow 15-mile trail race on the Sunday.

 

And, of course, the John Clark Motor Group Devil of Deeside offers the ultimate challenge – with runners tackling the 5k, 10k, six-mile, and 15-mile races.

 

We will be awarding all runners with The fifth and final medal in our series depicting notable landmarks within and around the Balmoral Estate. In 2025, it will feature the Auld Brig o’Dee.

 

We’ll look forward to welcoming you to Run Balmoral next April. Make sure of your place by signing up today.

 

 

James Knowles

Chairman, Balmoral Road Races Ltd

Run Balmoral 2024 Event ProgrammeRun Balmoral 2024 Event Programme

Each year we produce an Event Programme with a summary of the event, so if you would like to find out more you can download the pdf here. Download it to your phone for quick reference on the event weekend.

Run Balmoral 2024 Event Information Leaflet

Balmoral Estate is approximately 50 miles West of Aberdeen, just off the A93 in scenic Royal Deeside and can be reached from the South on the A93 (Deeside Tourist Route) via Perth and Glenshee.  Download the Event Information leaflet for more event info – find out more you can download the pdf here.

Run Balmoral 2024 Annual ReportRB Annual Report 2024

Run Balmoral 2024 has once again surpassed expectations, drawing a record-breaking 4,302 runners to the scenic routes of Aberdeenshire. The event showcased extraordinary talent, with Scotland international Sean Chalmers clinching three race victories and Sally Wallis setting a new benchmark in the women’s Devil of Deeside competition. Looking ahead, Run Balmoral is committed to environmental stewardship, pledging to plant a tree for every participant in 2025, marking a shift towards sustainability. With the introduction of a new six-mile trail race and continued community and sponsor support, the event is a beacon of athletic excellence and ecological responsibility. Discover the full story of triumph and future aspirations in our comprehensive annual report (pdf 21.7MB).

A smaller, alternate download version of the report can be found here (pdf 3.4MB)

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Congratulations Vicky! 

Vicky Bone,from Aberdeen, is the lucky winner of our competition for a free ticket to the Balmoral Estate Family Day on Saturday 3rd August 2024.
The prize is for 2 adults and up to 3 chidren who can come along and enjoy an amazing day of events which includes a Cinema on the Castle Lawn (featuring the Wonka movie), a Birds of Prey display and a variety of activities with the estate Rangers  and gardeners.
Vicky said:I am delighted to have won a family ticket and we are looking forward to a fantastic day out.
Vickys name was drawn randomly from the list of everyone who had entered a race at Run Balmoral 2025, by 30th June. 

Look out for more competitions in the months ahead. 

You can sign up for Run Balmoral 2025 now by visiting www.runbalmoral.com 

Link in our Instagram bio. 

#runbalmoral2025
#runscotland
#bestbritishruns

Congratulations Vicky!

Vicky Bone,from Aberdeen, is the lucky winner of our competition for a free ticket to the Balmoral Estate Family Day on Saturday 3rd August 2024.
The prize is for 2 adults and up to 3 chidren who can come along and enjoy an amazing day of events which includes a Cinema on the Castle Lawn (featuring the Wonka movie), a Birds of Prey display and a variety of activities with the estate Rangers  and gardeners.
Vicky said:"I am delighted to have won a family ticket and we are looking forward to a fantastic day out."
Vicky's name was drawn randomly from the list of everyone who had entered a race at Run Balmoral 2025, by 30th June.

Look out for more competitions in the months ahead.

You can sign up for Run Balmoral 2025 now by visiting www.runbalmoral.com

Link in our Instagram bio.

#runbalmoral2025
#runscotland
#bestbritishruns
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Woohoo, well done Vicky!

FAMILY DAY COMPETITION - JUST 2 DAYS TO GO!

There are just 2 days left before our Balmoral Estate Family Competition closes.

The Estate is hosting a special Family Event on Saturday 3rd August when you can enjoy a wonderful day out, which includes a Cinema on the Castle lawn (featuring the Wonka movie). 

You can also watch an amazing Birds of Prey display and enjoy exciting activities with the Rangers and Gardeners. 

All of this is on top of all the usual visitor attractions. 

And YOU could win a family ticket for this wonderful occasion if you sign up for one of the 2025 Run Balmoral races before midnight on June 30th. 

Everyone who enters prior to that date will be entered into a prize draw and one lucky winner will receive a Family Ticket, worth £38, for 2 Adults and up to 3 children to come along on Saturday 3rd August. 

So, to be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize, choose your race now. Sign-up at www.runbalmoral.com

FAMILY DAY COMPETITION - JUST 2 DAYS TO GO!

There are just 2 days left before our Balmoral Estate Family Competition closes.

The Estate is hosting a special Family Event on Saturday 3rd August when you can enjoy a wonderful day out, which includes a Cinema on the Castle lawn (featuring the Wonka movie).

You can also watch an amazing Birds of Prey display and enjoy exciting activities with the Rangers and Gardeners.

All of this is on top of all the usual visitor attractions.

And YOU could win a family ticket for this wonderful occasion if you sign up for one of the 2025 Run Balmoral races before midnight on June 30th.

Everyone who enters prior to that date will be entered into a prize draw and one lucky winner will receive a Family Ticket, worth £38, for 2 Adults and up to 3 children to come along on Saturday 3rd August.

So, to be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize, choose your race now. Sign-up at www.runbalmoral.com
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THERES STILL TIME TO WIN A FABULOUS FUN FAMILY DAY OUT AT BALMORAL ESTATE IN AUGUST 

Balmoral Estate is hosting a special Family Event on Saturday 3rd August when you can enjoy a wonderful day out, which includes a Cinema on the Castle lawn (featuring the Wonka movie). 

You can also watch an amazing Birds of Prey display and enjoy exciting activities with the Rangers and Gardeners. 

All of this is on top of all the usual visitor attractions. 

YOU could win a family ticket for this wonderful occasion if you sign up for one of the 2025 Run Balmoral races before midnight on June 30th. 

Everyone who enters prior to that date will be entered into a prize draw and one lucky winner will receive a Family Ticket, worth £38, for 2 Adults and up to 3 children to come along on Saturday 3rd August. 

So, to be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize, choose your race now. Sign-up at www.runbalmoral.com

THERE'S STILL TIME TO WIN A FABULOUS FUN FAMILY DAY OUT AT BALMORAL ESTATE IN AUGUST

Balmoral Estate is hosting a special Family Event on Saturday 3rd August when you can enjoy a wonderful day out, which includes a Cinema on the Castle lawn (featuring the Wonka movie).

You can also watch an amazing Birds of Prey display and enjoy exciting activities with the Rangers and Gardeners.

All of this is on top of all the usual visitor attractions.

YOU could win a family ticket for this wonderful occasion if you sign up for one of the 2025 Run Balmoral races before midnight on June 30th.

Everyone who enters prior to that date will be entered into a prize draw and one lucky winner will receive a Family Ticket, worth £38, for 2 Adults and up to 3 children to come along on Saturday 3rd August.

So, to be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize, choose your race now. Sign-up at www.runbalmoral.com
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WIN A FAMILY PASS FOR A GREAT SUMMER EVENT AT BALMORAL ESTATE BY ENTERING RUN BALMORAL TODAY

Balmoral Estate is hosting a special Family Event on Saturday 3rd August when you can enjoy a wonderful day out, which includes a Cinema on the Castle lawn (featuring the Wonka movie).

You can also watch an amazing Birds of Prey display and enjoy exciting activities with the Rangers and Gardeners.

All of this is on top of all the usual visitor attractions.

YOU could win a family ticket for this wonderful occasion if you sign up for one of the 2025 Run Balmoral races before midnight on June 30th.

Everyone who enters prior to that date will be entered into a prize draw and one lucky winner will receive a Family Ticket, worth £38, for 2 Adults and up to 3 children to come along on Saturday 3rd August.

So, to be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize, choose your race now. Sign-up at www.runbalmoral.com

WIN A FAMILY PASS FOR A GREAT SUMMER EVENT AT BALMORAL ESTATE BY ENTERING RUN BALMORAL TODAY

Balmoral Estate is hosting a special Family Event on Saturday 3rd August when you can enjoy a wonderful day out, which includes a Cinema on the Castle lawn (featuring the Wonka movie).

You can also watch an amazing Birds of Prey display and enjoy exciting activities with the Rangers and Gardeners.

All of this is on top of all the usual visitor attractions.

YOU could win a family ticket for this wonderful occasion if you sign up for one of the 2025 Run Balmoral races before midnight on June 30th.

Everyone who enters prior to that date will be entered into a prize draw and one lucky winner will receive a Family Ticket, worth £38, for 2 Adults and up to 3 children to come along on Saturday 3rd August.

So, to be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize, choose your race now. Sign-up at www.runbalmoral.com
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So why have I not received my medal for this years 5k event?

Kirsty Mathieson

Congratulations Kelly!!

Kelly Miller has won our #runbalmoral24 competition. 

We carried out a random draw of all the entries, and Kellys post came out.
She has won a free entry to a race of her choice at RunBalmoral 2025. 

Wed like to thank everyone who tagged us in their photos. It was great to see you all enjoying yourselves at this years event.

And just a wee reminder - entries for 2025 are now open at www.runbalmoral.com

Congratulations Kelly!!

Kelly Miller has won our #runbalmoral24 competition.

We carried out a random draw of all the entries, and Kelly's post came out.
She has won a free entry to a race of her choice at RunBalmoral 2025.

We'd like to thank everyone who tagged us in their photos. It was great to see you all enjoying yourselves at this year's event.

And just a wee reminder - entries for 2025 are now open at www.runbalmoral.com
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Well done!

Kelly

Thank you 😊

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Will there be a duathlon?! 🙏🙏

Mark Carle I’ll come and watch you 😂😂xx

It’s going to take a long time to mentally recover from that hill!!🤣

FYI June, Val, Mandy (oh and Gavin of course!)

Jan Murray

Kirstin Tait Stephen Tait

Emma Davidson

Pamela Dobson

Rrachel Ccameron

Caren Fong 🤔

Martin Davidson Emma Davidson get yourselves signed up 😁

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Kevin Davidson

A veteran Balmoral runner who suffered a cardiac arrest in last years Stena Drilling 10k, was reunited last weekend with the men who administered CPR to him 12 months ago. 

Pete Brown, from Newtonmore, has been competing at Run Balmoral for 20 years. 
But in 2023, after about 8k of the Stena Drilling 10k, he collapsed at the edge of the trail. 

Ryan McNeil, from Ballater, and Graeme Watt, from Edinburgh, were first on the scene and took immediate action,administering CPR. 

Young air cadets, Ben Richards, from Forres, and Andrew Cowie, from Drumoak, who were on marshalling duties nearby, also responded promptly by radioing for full medical assistance. 

An air ambulance was called and within little time Pete was on his way to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where he was treated and subsequently made a full recovery. 

He attended Balmoral last Saturday as a spectator - his wife Ali wouldnt allow him to run! Ryan also came along to watch while Graeme  again took part in the 10k, raising funds for Scotlands Charity Air Ambulance. 

Pete also met up with Dr. Ewan McLeod and Derek Grant of the Scottish Ambulance Service who were also on duty last year.

Photo 1: Ryan, Graeme and Pete.
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A veteran Balmoral runner who suffered a cardiac arrest in last year's Stena Drilling 10k, was reunited last weekend with the men who administered CPR to him 12 months ago.

Pete Brown, from Newtonmore, has been competing at Run Balmoral for 20 years.
But in 2023, after about 8k of the Stena Drilling 10k, he collapsed at the edge of the trail.

Ryan McNeil, from Ballater, and Graeme Watt, from Edinburgh, were first on the scene and took immediate action,administering CPR.

Young air cadets, Ben Richards, from Forres, and Andrew Cowie, from Drumoak, who were on marshalling duties nearby, also responded promptly by radioing for full medical assistance.

An air ambulance was called and within little time Pete was on his way to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where he was treated and subsequently made a full recovery.

He attended Balmoral last Saturday as a spectator - his wife Ali wouldn't allow him to run! Ryan also came along to watch while Graeme  again took part in the 10k, raising funds for Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance.

Pete also met up with Dr. Ewan McLeod and Derek Grant of the Scottish Ambulance Service who were also on duty last year.

Photo 1: Ryan, Graeme and Pete.
Photo 2: Pete, Ewan and Derek
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Massive thanks to everyone who helped out - so many people worked together last year to save my life. Its a great event & I still love it!

I'm so glad you told this story! I remember hearing this had happened and so relieved to hear such a positive outcome. Well done to all involved!

Amazing! Early CALL, CPR, AED, HOSPITAL!! Well done Graeme Watt and others who helped! 🙌

Massive well done to Graeme and Ryan. Well done on your sponsorship Graeme - great amount to raise and well done on your run xx

I ran past just just as this was all happening, I was so impressed with the guys who immediately started CPR. Very glad to know the positive outcome ❤️

Thanks for sharing this Pete! God bless you and the team. X

👋👋on your sponsorship Graeme for Air ambulance x

Amazing , well done to you all 💞!

Wow 😮 amazing story glad Pete is ok

You earned that report! 😇

Sara-Jane Duffus Fantastic news Pete! I heard you were back this year, phenomenal story xx

Fiona Littlejohn thought you might like to see an update as I know you were also a hero that day ❤️

Amazing result, NHS at its best ☺️

North Scotland Wing Air Training Corps, RAFAC

Banchory Air Cadets

Sandra Doris

Laura Kerr

Hamish Stewart & Sophie Cruickshank, thought you’d like to see this

Wonderful. 👏

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Saturday Events

Stena Drilling

Stena Drilling 10K

The Stena Drilling 10K takes you through some beautiful Highland scenery on the Balmoral Estate and will be clearly marked and well marshalled.

Harbour Energy

Harbour Energy 5K

The Harbour Energy 5K all takes place on estate tarmac roads. The race begins heading west from the Castle adjacent the river Dee to a turn point at the Highland Pony Stud. There is a slight incline as the route returns to the castle via the “top road” which has magnificent views of Balmoral Castle and gardens.

MPH

MPH Primary Schools Run 1.5k

The race where some of our national and International runners started! The race is completely contained on tarmac roads in the estate and passes right in front of Balmoral Castle! Well marshalled and signed throughout with a lead cyclist and sweep runner. The race starts and finishes at the main finish gantry.

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RAM Tubulars

RAM Tubulars Secondary Schools 2.5k

Once past primary School age many of our runners graduate to the 2.5K event. The race is completely contained on tarmac roads in the estate and passes right in front of Balmoral Castle! Well marshalled and signed throughout with a lead cyclist and sweep runner. The race starts and finishes at the main finish gantry.

Sunday Events

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Bristow 15 Mile Trail Race

An epic 15 miles of Highland scenery. There is something special about this event! You start in view of Balmoral Castle and run out west adjacent the magnificent river Dee before beginning a gradual climb through the Ballochbuie pine forest. Then at mile 8, you leave the river and begin a climb to the base of Lochnagar, an ascent of about 120 meters. The last 3 miles are a rush as you hurtle down towards the Castle once again; but beware..there is a sting in the tail!

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6 Mile Trail Race

This exciting new event is held over a testing two-lap course which takes you along the banks of the River Dee before turning uphill.  For 2 miles on each lap you will climb 350 metres before descending for a fast mile back to the start.  It’s a mix of tarmac, track and grass, making this is a true all-
terrain event!

Weekend Challenges

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Devil of Deeside

John Clark Motor Group Devil of Deeside

Can you handle the John Clark Motor Group Devil O Deeside? To dance with the Devil you have to complete the Stena Drilling 10K, Harbour Energy 5K, Bristow 15 Mile Trail race and the 6 Mile Trail Race! There will be two categories of winner; male with the fastest overall cumulative time and female with the fastest cumulative time. That’s it!

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Stena Drilling / Harbour Energy Corporate Team Challenge

Corporate Challenge Trophy The StenaDrilling – Harbour Energy Corporate Team Challenge is an exciting competition embodied within RunBalmoral. It provides a wonderful opportunity for you to get together with your work / colleagues to compete for the magnificent team trophy to be awarded to the RunBalmoral Corporate Team Challenge Champions.

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