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.

ConocoPhillips

ConocoPhillips 5K

The ConocoPhillips 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.

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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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FOS Group

FOS Group Secondary Schools 2.5k

Once past primary School age many of our runners graduate to the FOS 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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Apollo Duathlon

Aberdeen based engineering and project services provider Apollo are our sponsor for the duathlon featuring a 16K mountain biking stage with a 6k run to start and a 5k run to finish.

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TRAC 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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TRAC 3 Mile Trail Race

Don’t be fooled into thinking the TRAC 3 Mile trail race is an easy option! This fast little trail race heads off adjacent to the river Dee before turning up hill. In just 2 miles you climb 350 Meters, before a fast descent for the last mile. A mix of tarmac, track and slippy grass, this is a true all terrain event!

Weekend Challenges

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Repsol Sinopec

Repsol Sinopec Devil of Deeside

Can you handle the Devil O Deeside? To dance with the Devil you have to complete the Stena Drilling 10K, ConocoPhillips 5K, TRAC 15 Mile Trail race and the Apollo Duathlon! 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 / ConocoPhillips Corporate Team Challenge

Saturday 21st April 2018 – Corporate Challenge Trophy
The StenaDrilling – ConocoPhillips Corporate Team Challenge is an exciting competition embodied within RunBalmoral 2018. 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 2018.

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Be Healthy

Regular running helps you stay fit and healthy.

Spectacular Scenery

Enjoy the fresh air and the spectacular scenery, from mountains to the castle and its landscaped grounds.

Fun for friends and families

A great day out for runners and spectators, with an event village on site.

Raise money for charity

It is an opportunity to not only get fit and have a great day out, but to make a donation to a nominated charity.

We are delighted to announce that RunBalmoral 2018 will be held over the weekend of Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd April.

 

Entries will open on the 7th November 2017 for the programme of eight races catering for all age groups.

 

This will be the 21st year of the event and we will once again look forward to welcoming more than 5,000 entrants and as many spectators to the estate.

 

Put it in your diary now!

James Knowles

Chairman, Balmoral Road Races Ltd

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ANOTHER AMAZING TWO DAYS AT RUN BALMORAL

Scotland international Kenny Wilson (No. 1969) was in record-breaking form in the ConocoPhillips 5km at the 21st anniversary Run Balmoral meeting over the weekend while GB mountain running star Andy Douglas (no. 4020) showed his remarkable endurance powers by taking top spot in the Stena Drilling Tartan 10km and in the TRAC 15 mile trail race.

There were also fantastic performances from Aberdeen’s Alan Semple, who retained his Repsol Sinopec Devil of Deeside crown, while Lancashire’s Molly Ralphson lifted the women’s title. Devil competitors had to race in the ConocoPhillips 5km and the Stena Drilling Tartan 10km on Saturday before stepping up a gear to tackle the 27km Apollo duathlon followed by the TRAC 15 mile trail race on Sunday.

More than 5,500 runners of all ages took part over the two days with an equal amount of spectators generating a vibrant atmosphere on the royal estate.Congratulations to you all for making it such a memorable weekend.

Kenny Wilson’s 5km performance was the highlight of day one. The Moray Road Runners club member sprinted through the finishing tape to win the ConocoPhillips 5km in 14min 42secs, slicing four secs off the previous mark set in 2013 by Central AC's Olympic Games athlete Andy Butchart.

Wilson had never broken the 15min barrier in his two previous Balmoral wins, so was delighted with his performance which comes a fortnight before he wins his second Scotland international vest in next month's Lillebaelt half marathon in Denmark.

He said:"I hadn't thought too much about the record until someone mentioned it to me last week. But after 2km, I was off the pace so I didn't think it would happen. But I pushed on and fortunately managed to get it.


"I'm very pleased because I didn't really taper back on my training this week. It's also great to get a record at Balmoral as the event has such a great tradition.

"Now, hopefully, I can go on to improve on my best half marathon time in Denmark."

Callum Symmons (Aberdeen AAC) stayed with Wilson for the opening half of the race before falling back to finish runner-up for the second year in a row while Jason Kelly (Stonehaven Running Club) caught James Adamson on the line to take third spot by one sec in 16:34.

Scotland international Jenny Bannerman, competing at Balmoral for the fourth year in a row, notched her second title in 17:01, the fastest time she has achieved on the Deeside course.

She said:"I would have preferred being under 17min but I'm happy. Hopefully I'll have recovered for the Scottish 5km championships in a fortnight."

Great Britain junior cross country international Anna Macfadyen (Forres Harriers) was second in 17:46 with Scotland junior international Clare Stewart (Banchory Stonehaven AC) third in 18:21.


Great Britain mountain racing international Andy Douglas (Inverclyde AC) completed a memorable double by winning the Stena Drilling Tartan 10km on Saturday then taking top spot in Sunday’s TRAC 15 mile trail race.

The Edinburgh-based Caithness athlete cruised home in the 10km with a time of 32min 16secs before completing the trail run in 1:20:39.

It was the third time he has won the 10km, the previous successes coming in 2010 and 2012, while in 2015 he won the trail race in what remains a course record 1:18:30.

It all served as a useful part of his build-up towards the mountain running season which starts in June, but before that he is heading for a spell of altitude training in Boulder, Colordao.

He said:"I'll be in Colorado for three weeks in May, returning in time for the Great Brtain trials for the European mountain running championships at the begining of June.

"I'll be training with a couple of guys from the US team and it looks an amazing place for running. Hopefully it will set me up for the summer season.

"I'm hoping to do the European championships in July and the world championships in September. I'll also be running in the World Cup series of races, so it's going to be busy."
Aberdeen AAC's Owain Bristow finished second in the 10km in 35:12 with JSK Running Club's Mark McCluskie third in 35:48.

Kyle Greig (Metro Aberdeen) was second in the 15 mile race in 1:23:40 with Callum Symmons (Aberdeen AAC) third in 1:28:25.

Clare Bruce score an emphatic victory in the women's division of the 10km, recording 38:35 when finishing 16th overall from a field of 1901 starters.

The Metro Aberdeen runner, who has battled against injuries and illness over the winter,showed she is getting close to her best form again.

She said:"I am pleased with my run given the stage I have reached with my training and the time is alright. It was quite hot and a bit windy otherwise I might have been closer to 38min.

"When I look back at the list of women who have won this race in the past, it feels really good to have joined them.

"Now I'm looking forward to next month's Scottish 5km championships, then the Aberdeen BHGE 10km where I'd like to get a fast time.

"Later in the summer I hope to move back to some half marathons including the Scottish championships in Glasgow although I also plan to do the Stirling 10km and maybe the Great Aberdeen Run 10km.

Kinloss to Lossiemouth half marathon champion Ali Matthews finished second in 41:13 with Kerry Prise third in 42:04.

Scottish duathlon champion Debbie Greig won the women's 15 mile title in 1:38:39 with Veronique Oldham (Cosmic Hillbashers) second in 1:45:39 and Nicola Duncan (Carnethy) third in 1:47:19.

Rob Brookes, from Monymusk, won the Apollo duathlon, completing the 6km run/16km cycle/5km run in a combined time of 1:18:25 to finish 19secs ahead of Ballater's Dan Whitehead.

Aboyne's Coralie Arthur, who finished third last year, won the women's race in 1:34:02 with the 2017 winner, Clare Whitehead, second in 1:35:53.

There was a thrilling finish to the FOS Group secondary schools 2.5km with Josh Benton (Deeside Runners) outsprinting Ross Macmillan (Aberdeen AAC) to win by one sec in 7:31 while Calum Dempster was third in 7:40.

Emma Swanson (Banchory Stonehaven AC) won the girls' title for the second year in a row when recording 8:24. Shannon Brown (Mearns Academy) was second in 8:51 and Caitlyn Christie finished third in 8:53.
Thomas Reynolds (Moray Road Runners) won the MPH primary schools boys' race when completing the 1.5km course in 5:39.Matthew Brown pipped his Banchory Stonehaven AC clubmate Adam Mckeown for second position by one sec in 5:56.

Beth Collins (Dundee Hawkhill Harriers) was a clear winner of the girls' contest when clocking 6:09 to finish 10secs ahead of Anna McNeill (Aberdeen AAC) while Hope Thomson was third in 6:34.

Braemar's Fergus Wood retained his title in the TRAC three mile trail race in 20:26 while his twin brother Angus was second in 20:46.Mora Mcgovern held off a strong challenge from Alison Pilichos (Metro Aberdeen) to win the women's award by four secs in 23:23.

Alan Semple’s winning time in the Devil of Deeside Challenge, after 50km of running and 16km of cycling was 3:50:49.Portobello's Johnny Lawson was runner-up in 3:54:02 while former Balmoral estate worker Harry Smith (Essex) took third spot in 3:57:39

Molly Ralphson (Trawden AC) won the women's title in 4:53:51 after title-holder Kerry Prise dropped out nine miles into the 15 mile trail run. Edinburgh’s Nicolle Hamilton was second in 5:05:33 and Sam Rendall (Deeside Runners) was third in 5:08:48

Cops and Joggers won the Stena Drilling-ConocoPhillips Corporate Team Challenge for the fourth time in six years.
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ANOTHER AMAZING TWO DAYS AT RUN BALMORAL

Scotland international Kenny Wilson (No. 1969) was in record-breaking form in the ConocoPhillips 5km at the 21st anniversary Run Balmoral meeting over the weekend while GB mountain running star Andy Douglas (no. 4020) showed his remarkable endurance powers by taking top spot in the Stena Drilling Tartan 10km and in the TRAC 15 mile trail race.

There were also fantastic performances from Aberdeen’s Alan Semple, who retained his Repsol Sinopec Devil of Deeside crown, while Lancashire’s Molly Ralphson lifted the women’s title. Devil competitors had to race in the ConocoPhillips 5km and the Stena Drilling Tartan 10km on Saturday before stepping up a gear to tackle the 27km Apollo duathlon followed by the TRAC 15 mile trail race on Sunday.

More than 5,500 runners of all ages took part over the two days with an equal amount of spectators generating a vibrant atmosphere on the royal estate.Congratulations to you all for making it such a memorable weekend.

Kenny Wilson’s 5km performance was the highlight of day one. The Moray Road Runners club member sprinted through the finishing tape to win the ConocoPhillips 5km in 14min 42secs, slicing four secs off the previous mark set in 2013 by Central ACs Olympic Games athlete Andy Butchart.
 
Wilson had never broken the 15min barrier in his two previous Balmoral wins, so was delighted with his performance which comes a fortnight before he wins his second Scotland international vest in next months Lillebaelt half marathon in Denmark.

He said:I hadnt thought too much about the record until someone mentioned it to me last week. But after 2km, I was off the pace so I didnt think it would happen. But I pushed on and fortunately managed to get it.
 

Im very pleased because I didnt really taper back on my training this week. Its also great to get a record at Balmoral as the event has such a great tradition.

Now, hopefully, I can go on to improve on my best half marathon time in Denmark.

Callum Symmons (Aberdeen AAC) stayed with Wilson for the opening half of the race before falling back to finish runner-up for the second year in a row while Jason Kelly (Stonehaven Running Club) caught James Adamson on the line to take third spot by one sec in 16:34.

Scotland international Jenny Bannerman, competing at Balmoral for the fourth year in a row, notched her second title in 17:01, the fastest time she has achieved on the Deeside course.
 
She said:I would have preferred being under 17min but Im happy. Hopefully Ill have recovered for the Scottish 5km championships in a fortnight.

Great Britain junior cross country international Anna Macfadyen (Forres Harriers) was second in  17:46 with Scotland junior international Clare Stewart (Banchory Stonehaven AC) third in 18:21. 
 

Great Britain mountain racing international Andy Douglas (Inverclyde AC) completed a memorable double by winning the Stena Drilling Tartan 10km on Saturday then taking top spot in Sunday’s TRAC 15 mile trail race.
 
The Edinburgh-based Caithness athlete cruised home in the 10km with a time of 32min 16secs before completing the trail run in 1:20:39.

It was the third time he has won the 10km, the previous successes coming in 2010 and 2012, while in 2015 he won the trail race in what remains a course record 1:18:30.

It all served as a useful part of his build-up towards the mountain running season which starts in June, but before that he is heading for a spell of altitude training in Boulder, Colordao.

He said:Ill be in Colorado for three weeks in May, returning in time for the Great Brtain trials for the European mountain running championships at the begining of June.

Ill be training with a couple of guys from the US team and it looks an amazing place for running. Hopefully it will set me up for the summer season.

Im hoping to do the European championships in July and the world championships in September. Ill also be running in the World Cup series of races, so its going to be busy.
Aberdeen AACs Owain Bristow finished second in the 10km in 35:12 with JSK Running Clubs Mark McCluskie third in 35:48.

Kyle Greig (Metro Aberdeen) was second in the 15 mile race in 1:23:40 with Callum Symmons (Aberdeen AAC) third in 1:28:25.

Clare Bruce score an emphatic victory in the womens division of the 10km, recording 38:35 when finishing 16th overall from a field of 1901 starters.

The Metro Aberdeen runner, who has battled against injuries and illness over the winter,showed she is getting close to her best form again.

She said:I am pleased with my run given the stage I have reached with my training and the time is alright. It was quite hot and a bit windy otherwise I might have been closer to 38min.

When I look back at the list of women who have won this race in the past, it feels really good to have joined them.

Now Im looking forward to next months Scottish 5km championships, then the Aberdeen BHGE 10km where Id like to get a fast time.

Later in the summer I hope to move back to some half marathons including the Scottish championships in Glasgow although I also plan to do the Stirling 10km and maybe the Great Aberdeen Run 10km.

Kinloss to Lossiemouth half marathon champion Ali Matthews finished second in 41:13 with Kerry Prise third in 42:04.

Scottish duathlon champion Debbie Greig won the womens 15 mile title in 1:38:39 with Veronique Oldham (Cosmic Hillbashers) second in 1:45:39 and Nicola Duncan (Carnethy) third in 1:47:19.

Rob Brookes, from Monymusk, won the Apollo duathlon, completing the 6km run/16km cycle/5km run in a combined time of 1:18:25 to finish 19secs ahead of Ballaters Dan Whitehead.

Aboynes Coralie Arthur, who finished third last year, won the womens race in 1:34:02 with the 2017 winner, Clare Whitehead, second in 1:35:53. 

There was a thrilling finish to the FOS Group secondary schools 2.5km with Josh Benton (Deeside Runners) outsprinting Ross Macmillan (Aberdeen AAC) to win by one sec in 7:31 while Calum Dempster was third in 7:40.

Emma Swanson (Banchory Stonehaven AC) won the girls title for the second year in a row when recording 8:24. Shannon Brown (Mearns Academy) was second in 8:51 and Caitlyn Christie finished third in 8:53. 
Thomas Reynolds (Moray Road Runners) won the MPH primary schools boys race when completing the 1.5km course in 5:39.Matthew Brown pipped his  Banchory Stonehaven AC clubmate Adam Mckeown for  second position by one sec in 5:56.

Beth Collins (Dundee Hawkhill Harriers) was a clear winner of the girls contest when clocking 6:09 to finish 10secs ahead of Anna McNeill (Aberdeen AAC) while Hope Thomson was third in 6:34.
 
Braemars Fergus Wood retained his title in the TRAC three mile trail race in 20:26 while his twin brother Angus was second in 20:46.Mora Mcgovern held off a strong challenge from Alison Pilichos (Metro Aberdeen) to win the womens award by four secs in 23:23.

Alan Semple’s winning time in the  Devil of Deeside Challenge, after 50km of running and 16km of cycling was 3:50:49.Portobellos Johnny Lawson was runner-up in 3:54:02 while former Balmoral estate worker Harry Smith (Essex) took third spot in 3:57:39
 
Molly Ralphson (Trawden AC) won the womens title in 4:53:51 after title-holder Kerry Prise dropped out nine miles into the 15 mile trail run. Edinburgh’s Nicolle Hamilton was second in 5:05:33 and Sam Rendall (Deeside Runners) was third in 5:08:48
 
Cops and Joggers won the Stena Drilling-ConocoPhillips Corporate Team Challenge for the fourth time in six years.Image attachment

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Aberdeen's Alan Semple has retained the men's title in the Devil of Deeside Challenge His cumulative time after 50km of running and 16km of cycling was 3:50:49.
Portobello's Johhny Lawson is runner-up in 3:54:02 while Harry Smith took third spot in 3:57:39
Molly Ralphson (Trawden AC) wins the women's title in 4:53:51 after title-holder Kerry Prise dropped out nine miles into the 15 mile trail run.
Nicolle Hamilton was second in 5:05:33 and Sam Rendall (Deeside Runners) was third in 5:08:48
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All of the Devils are winners 😈🏆

What a weekend amazing achievement for everyone that became a devil. Thank to all the volunteers

Well done to all the Devils, so proud to be a part of it. What an achievement. Thanks to all the volunteers who made it possible.

Proud to have become a Devil 👹 and massive thanks to all fellow Devils and balmoral participants, spectators and VOLUNTEERS for an amazing weekend. Absolutely back next year for it all again ❤️

Brilliant Alan, great achievement.....hope it was cooler than London xx

Impressive stuff well done to everybody who defeated the devil.

Well done all devils 😈

Well done everyone xx

Well done Samantha xx

Nicolle Hamilton that's totally amazing, well done!!! Xx

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Andy Douglas completes the double. After his win in yesterday's Stena Drilling 10km he has now won today's TRAC 15 mile trail race in 1:20:39. Kyle Greig (Metro Aberdeen) was second in 1:23:40 with Callum Symmons (Aberdeen AAC) third in 1:28:25
Scottish duathlon champion Debbie Greig won the women's 15 mile title in 1:38:39 with Veronique Oldham (Cosmic Hillbashers) second in 1:45:39 and Nicola Duncan (Carnethy) third in 1:47:19..
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Braemar's Fergus Wood has retained his title in the TRAC three mile trail race in 20:24 while Mora Mcgovern won the women's award in 23:23 ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Fantastic Mora Mcgovern

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The TRAC 3 mile trail racers are also in action.

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The TRAC 15 mile trail racers getting ready to go..

 

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Great day big thank you for all the support around the course roll on next year

Good luck all my JogScotland Hazlehead chums! ❤ #TeamOrange Also to all the Devils! Absolutely amazing! Go Glen! 💪👍😁

Gail Barclay Davie looking as calm as ever 😂

Good luck Davie x

Was freezing before started

Good luck Kayleigh 💪xx

Callum Symmons

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Heres the top 3 men in the Apollo duathlon...

 

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Well done youz guys

Well done Rob!

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Our duathlon womens champion....Coralie Arthur receiving her prize from   Steve Leaper of Apollo

 

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Did no other women finish, where’s second and third

Congratulations Coralie Arthur good effort

Well done Coralie!

Great result.

Well done Coralie Arthur x

Well done Coralie Arthur xx

Kirstie Ellington Langan

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Rob Brookes has won the Apollo duathlon, completing the 6km
run/16km cycle/5km run in a combined time of 1:18:25 to finish 19secs ahead of Ballater's Dan Whitehead.
Aboyne's Coralie Arthur, who finished third last year, won the women's race in 1:34:02 with the 2017 winner, Clare Whitehead, second in 1:35:53.
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And theyre off...the Apollo duathlon is underway.Image attachment

 

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Good luck all. Go Stevie and Eck. Enjoy x

Good luck everyone 😃

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Ready to go on Day Two...the duathlon will be underway soon and conditions are perfect.

Fantastic day one at RunBalmoral. Thank you to everyone who makes the event possible and to all you amazing runners. Looking forward to day 2.....

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First runners returning during the Stena Drilling 10k race at Run Balmoral in the grounds of Balmoral Castle & Estate in Deeside, Aberdeenshire today. VisitAberdeenshire . Visit Braemar . Visit Ballater . Running
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What a fantastic event and huge thank you to all the workers on hand to make it such a well organized event. 👌😎👏

Really enjoyed Balmoral 10K , great atmosphere, weather and scenery .Thank you to all who made it possible.

I've never been so excited to be "over the hill"! Thanks for a fab event at the Balmoral 10k!

Brilliant day and atmosphere! My first time running the 10k there! That hill!

What a great day! Thank you to everybody who made it happen! 👍🏼

Thank you for a super event and well done to all the organisers, sponsors, marshalls and volunteers. A brilliant day! 😊 Congrats to the winners and all who took part. 10K was superb

DID 10k, very enjoyable although a bit hot and that hill OMG!!!

Fantastic first day... can’t wait to return tomorrow 🤗🤗🤗🏃🏽‍♀️🏃🏽‍♀️🏃🏽‍♀️🏃🏽‍♀️

Thank u to all involved in the organisation & the many volunteers. Once again a very well organised and enjoyable event. Well done👏

Joanne Lee Cornish - God Willing and the Knee Heals I think you should do this with me 🙂 🙂 🙂 Next year...

Jamie Pallister captain rapid man!

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