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.

Chrysaor

Chrysaor 5K

The Chrysaor 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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AON

AON 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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Apollo

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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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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Bristow 3 Mile Trail Race

Don’t be fooled into thinking the Bristow 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, Chrysaor 5K, Bristow 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 / Chrysaor Corporate Team Challenge

Corporate Challenge Trophy The StenaDrilling – Chrysaor 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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reasons to run with us!

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 2020 will be held over the weekend of Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th April.   Entries will open on the 1st July 2019 for the programme of eight races catering for all age groups.   This will be the 23rd year of the event and we look forward to welcoming more than 5,000 runners and as many spectators to the estate.   Put it in your diary now!

James Knowles

Chairman, Balmoral Road Races Ltd

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1 month ago

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WILL YOU BE JOINING US IN 2021?


Hi Folks - we have attempted to contact everyone who entered our 2020 races to ask if, following the unavoidable cancellation of the event, you wish to defer your entry to 2021 or would prefer a refund.

If you haven't already done so, could you let us know your intentions as soon as possible as this will help us in planning for next year's races.

To choose which option you prefer, please Go to www.runbalmoral.com click on the 'My Entry Preference' button.

Login to you RunBalmoral account, click the 'Make Your 2021 Entry Preference', and for each entry choose your preference.

You should choose one option as soon as possible and by no later than 31st July 2020.

Please note that in accordance with our terms and conditions, refunds in adult races will be the race entry fee minus £5 admin fee (which covers banking and other charges we have incurred). Full refunds will be given for the Primary and Secondary races if you choose to ask for a refund.

If you do choose to refund your place(s) this may take a few days to process.

Block bookings and complimentary entry details will be available for 2021 once the entries open for that.

Take care and we'll look forward to welcoming many of you to RunBalmoral 2021 which will be held over the weekend of 17th and 18th April.
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WILL YOU BE JOINING US IN 2021?
 

Hi Folks - we have attempted to contact everyone who entered our 2020 races to ask if, following the unavoidable cancellation of the event, you wish to defer your entry to 2021 or would prefer a refund.

If you havent already done so, could you let us know your intentions as soon as possible as this will help us in planning for next years races.

To choose which option you prefer, please Go to www.runbalmoral.com click on the My Entry Preference button.

Login to you RunBalmoral account, click the Make Your 2021 Entry Preference, and for each entry choose your preference.

You should choose one option as soon as possible and by no later than 31st July 2020. 

Please note that in accordance with our terms and conditions, refunds in adult races will be the race entry fee minus £5 admin fee (which covers banking and other charges we have incurred). Full refunds will be given for the Primary and Secondary races if you choose to ask for a refund.

If you do choose to refund your place(s) this may take a few days to process.

Block bookings and complimentary entry details will be available for 2021 once the entries open for that.

Take care and well look forward to welcoming many of you to RunBalmoral 2021 which will be held over the weekend of 17th and 18th April.

 

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I haven’t seen my refund come through yet and have messaged twice, can you advise?

I would, but the form has never worked for me.

For sure 💪

Run Balmoral can we enter for 2021 yet if we HADN'T entered this year's? Thanks

I can guarantee the Fit Like Joggers will be there with bells on ! 💜💜💜

Depends if we’re allowed back out !

If I’m still alive !

For sure!!

Hope so. 👍😊🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️

YES 😄

Colin Donald I can see you

🙋‍♀️

Russell Cannon yes?!

Nicola Welsh! X

Phil Learmonth 👍

Colin Donald Your at the front ! I see Iain Mackenzie is Eating your dust.

Claire Emma keen to join me for this one if we can? It’s a fave!!

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1 month ago

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Hats off to Orkney's Rachel Garson who,along with husband Scott, ran their own version of the Stena Drilling Tartan 10km on their home island of Shapinsay at the weekend.

The couple were extremely disappointed when the Run Balmoral meeting was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, especially as it was to have been Rachel's very first 10km.

She had also secured sponsorship donations of more than £1000 for one of our charities, Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance.

Rachel said: "My father-in-law took seriously ill a couple of years ago and was flown off by the air ambulance.

"He ended up having bowel cancer so I did a lot of fund raising for Bowel Cancer UK.But this year I decided I wanted to take on a different charity. And as the air ambulance had helped him, I wanted to do something for them.

"I went onto their website and saw that they were part of the Balmoral event, so I thought that would be a good challenge for me to do something I had never done before by running the 10km and raising money for the charity at the same time."

So, after months of training and fundraising, Rachel was determined she'd still go ahead with the run.

She added:"I'd never entered a race before, so I was really looking forward to it. I had done my fundraising and had a lot of donations and didn't want to let folk down.

"Scott had never run at Balmoral either and it was something we were looking forward to doing together.So we decided we'd still do a 10km run on the Balmoral race day.

"Shapinsay is only seven miles long and three miles wide but we have a nice loop for running. Scott has been running for years doing half marathons, marathons and ultras so he often runs round the island and he worked out a route for me.

"We got really good weather for the run. It was sunny but not too hot and there was little wind.

"It took me 1hr 6mins which was around the time I was looking for. I wasn't expecting too much as I'd never done one before. I'd been doing three or four runs a week but I'd never run 10km until the race day.

"There were a few people at the end, socially distancing of course, and there were some folk cheering me on along the route. I really enjoyed it and I've raised £1140 but there's stil some donations to come in.

"I would like to keep going with my running and we are keen to sign up for Run Balmoral 2021."

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Hats off to Orkneys Rachel Garson who,along with husband Scott, ran their own version of the Stena Drilling Tartan 10km on their home island of Shapinsay at the weekend.

The couple were extremely disappointed when the Run Balmoral meeting was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, especially as it was to have been Rachels very first 10km.

She had also secured sponsorship donations of more than £1000 for one of our charities, Scotlands Charity Air Ambulance. 

Rachel said: My father-in-law took seriously ill a couple of years ago and was flown off by the air ambulance. 

He ended up having bowel cancer so I did a lot of fund raising for Bowel Cancer UK.But this year I decided I wanted to take on a different charity. And as the air ambulance had helped him, I wanted to do something for them.

I went onto their website and saw that they were part of the Balmoral event, so I thought that would be a good challenge for me to do something I had never done before by running the 10km and raising money for the charity at the same time.

So, after months of training and fundraising, Rachel was determined shed still go ahead with the run.

She added:Id never entered a race before, so I was really looking forward to it. I had done my fundraising and had a lot of donations and didnt want to let folk down.

Scott had never run at Balmoral either and it was something we were looking forward to doing together.So we decided wed still do a 10km run on the Balmoral race day. 

Shapinsay is only seven miles long and three miles wide but we have a nice loop for running. Scott has been running for years doing half marathons, marathons and ultras so he often runs round the island and he worked out a route for me.

We got really good weather for the run. It was sunny but not too hot and there was little wind.

It took me 1hr 6mins which was around the time I was looking for. I wasnt expecting too much as Id never done one before. Id been doing three or four runs a week but Id never run 10km until the race day.

There were a few people at the end, socially distancing of course, and there were some folk cheering me on along the route. I really enjoyed it and Ive raised £1140 but theres stil some donations to come in.

I would like to keep going with my running and we are keen to sign up for Run Balmoral 2021.

@ScotAirAmb
@ScotlandsAirAmubulanceCharity
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Well done! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 that’s an awesome achievement! You will love run balmoral next year!

Well done Rachel & Scott 😊

Well done 🏅🍾🏅

🙌🏻👏🏻👏🏻😍

RunBalmoral 2020 Update - https://mailchi.mp/9aacae9f2cc1/about-our-sponsor-vsa-2918997

 

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David Scott not sure what you mean Dave. You didn't use any of the block bookings we set up as all FLJ's entered individually

is there a lock down to enter the estate to do some running as exercise?

Duncan Milne instructions are here!

Lindsay John Davidson

Izy Kirkaldy Mazza Nairno

Juliet Taylor xx

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2 months ago

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Ok Folks,
You can now decide whether to take a refund or carry over your race entry to 2021.
Please Go to www.runbalmoral.com, click on the 'My Entry Preference' button.
Login to you Run Balmoral account, click the 'Make Your 2021 Entry Preference', and for each entry choose your preference.

Runners have to choose one option or the other by 31st July 2020. If we have not heard from you by that date, then you will forfeit your entry fee and your place in the 2021 event.

Please note refunds in adult races will be race fee minus £5 admin fee. Full refunds will be given for the Primary and Secondary races if you choose to ask for a refund.

If you do choose to refund your place(s) this may take a few days to process.

Take care and we'll look forward to welcoming many of you to Run Balmoral 2021 which will be held over the weekend of 17th-18th April.
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Ok Folks,
You can now decide whether to take a refund or carry over your race entry to 2021.
Please Go to http://www.runbalmoral.com, click on the My Entry Preference button.
Login to you Run Balmoral account, click the Make Your 2021 Entry Preference, and for each entry choose your preference.

Runners have to choose one option or the other by 31st July 2020. If we have not heard from you by that date, then you will forfeit your entry fee and your place in the 2021 event.

Please note refunds in adult races will be race fee minus £5 admin fee. Full refunds will be given for the Primary and Secondary races if you choose to ask for a refund.

If you do choose to refund your place(s) this may take a few days to process.

Take care and well look forward to welcoming many of you to Run Balmoral 2021 which will be held over the weekend of 17th-18th April.

 

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As a race director for another local race I think it’s really bad form for Run Balmoral to make entrants apply for a refund and risk forfeit if they don’t. The default should be that entrants get their money back.

Is there an option to run a virtual 5k or 10k instead? If the medals have already been manufactured it would be a shame to waste them. Just wondering if this could be an option.

Hopefully you’ll be emailing as well so people not on FB don’t accidentally forfeit their entries?

I've asked for a refund as I dont know what life will look like in a year. I pressed refund for both my entries but theres no confirm button so I dont know if it's gone through

Not giving me any options 🤔 will try later in case we are all trying at the same time 🙄

Deferred..... definitely worth the wait.

Thank you

Deferred ☺

Anne McIntosh

Helen Rees

Alex Christie

Jordan Connell

Thomas Harpley

Lizbeth Whyte Strachan

James McGregor defer? 🤔

Geraldine Rowe Brian Strachan

Charlotte Imlach Tracy Spence Jacqui Henderson

Duncan Forrest Jackie Forrest Euan Forrest

Sara Anderson

Kris Imlach

I'm still not getting an option for either. Am I doing something wrong here? I had entered for the Devil

Deferred 👍 First race (hopefully!) of 2021 entered 👍💜🏃‍♀️🚴‍♀️

Places carried forward 💪 Ready for the Devil in 2021 😁 Shari

Let’s goooooooooo 2021 💪🏻

Lisa Stuart Kathleen Runcie Kevin Blanchard Sarah Yates I’m going to carry mine forward to next year

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3 months ago

Run Balmoral

Dear Runner,

Following UK and Scottish Government advice in respect of the current coronavirus pandemic, we must now cancel Run Balmoral 2020 which was due to be held over the weekend of April 18th-19th.

We appreciate this is disappointing but is unavoidable given the health risks facing the nation at this time.

We have looked at the options for rescheduling this year, but with the continuing uncertainty over how long the coronavirus crisis may last as well as other potential commitments on Balmoral Estate, this is,unfortunately, not possible.

We can,however, offer everyone the opportunity to roll their entries over to the 2021 event which is to be held on April 17th-18th. Alternatively you can apply for a refund.

We will be announcing details of how to go about this as soon as possible. We would be grateful if, in the meantime, you could hold back from contacting us about these matters so we can get everything in place.

This has been a difficult decision and we have been working hard on all fronts to ensure the continued viability and success of our event in the future.

Thank you for your patience, support and understanding, and please check back for further information in the near future.
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Dear Runner,

Following UK and Scottish Government advice in respect of the current coronavirus pandemic, we  must now cancel Run Balmoral 2020 which was due to be held over the weekend of April 18th-19th.

We appreciate this is disappointing but is unavoidable given the health risks facing the nation at this time.

We have looked at the options for rescheduling this year, but with the continuing uncertainty over how long the coronavirus crisis may last as well as other potential commitments on Balmoral Estate, this is,unfortunately, not possible.

We can,however, offer everyone the opportunity to roll their entries over to the 2021 event which is to be held on April 17th-18th. Alternatively you can apply for a refund.

We will be announcing details of how to go about this as soon as possible. We would be grateful if, in the meantime, you could hold back from contacting us about these matters so we can get everything in place.

This has been a difficult decision and we have been working hard on all fronts to ensure the continued viability and success of our event in the future.

Thank you for your patience, support and understanding, and please check back for further information in the near future.

 

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Happy with that decision.Time accept whats going down and move on.I wonder how many races next year will will be able to pick off from now as not many will be big profit pullers.Sad for all involved,not just for runners but for organisers who give up lots of free time to make these races available.

Inevitable, but thanks for letting us know in plenty of time. I will definitely want deferral to next year 🏃🏼‍♀️

Happy with (only) decision - disappointed to break doing 10K every year since 2006 and wee trail every year since it’s inception. Favourite running weekend of the year ❤️ roll on 2021

It’s very sad that this has happened but fully understand and support the decision, see u 2021 👍

Sad but the right decision- more time to train for the hill

Sorry to hear this but absolutely appreciate these are difficult times.

Going to really impact cash flow on smaller runs

Was expecting it but still disappointed

Jack Rathbone looks like the running plan won’t be happening anymore.. oh well 😅

Gillian Jarvie

Bill Taylor

Helen Rees

Abbie Smith

Jordan Connell

Mark Liddle

Debz Way Hay

Karen Stather

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Lettie Blackett Gemma McKenzie Stewart McEwan any of you rolling over to 2021?

Andrew Wilson, Alastair Wilson

Julie Menzies 😥

Rosemary Wood Colleen Forbes 😣

Jason Cheyne Mel Clarke

Sarah Yates Lisa Stuart Kathleen Runcie Benna Runcie Kevin Blanchard

Stewart Reid 😥

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3 months ago

Run Balmoral

Coronavirus and Run Balmoral - Update

We appreciate everyone's concerns about whether or not our event will be going ahead next month.

We are in dialogue with Scottish Government officials and are taking their advice at the moment on a number of issues.

Details are being discussed and we will make a further announcement within the next few days

Our priority is to ensure the health and well being of all those likely to be involved in the event - participants, volunteers, spectators.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.
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Coronavirus and Run Balmoral - Update

We appreciate everyones concerns about whether or not our event will be going ahead next month.

We are in dialogue with Scottish Government officials and are taking their advice at the moment  on a number of issues.

Details are being discussed and we will make a further announcement within the next few days

Our priority is to ensure the health and well being of all those likely to be involved in the event - participants, volunteers, spectators.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

 

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An update would be highly appreciated please

For those not already registered for the event; what’s is the latest registration date?

Have we had an update yet?

Run Balmoral Any update? I assume cancellation? 😥

Caroline Hughes

Helen Rees

Innes Ali

Any update on this yet?

Rhonda Gauld

Sara Anderson

Darryn Irvine

Heather J Mcleod

Mari-Anne Maskew might not need to do sweaty Caribbean runs after all 😂🙈🦠

James McGregor

I'm just hoping we can fly out there in a month. Thanks for the update!

Thanx for the update, hopefully it can go ahead , fully understand if it can’t though.

Cecilia Berry you’d better hope if they announce cancellation they wait till after Tuesday 😉 #no20milerforme

Thanks for the update

Vicky Weston can you credit it, your flight will be cancelled probably 😳🙊

Yvonne McMillan better put ‘training’ on hold 🤣

Lisa Urquhart

Shona Clarke

Heather McCabe

Mandy Powrie

Rachel Campbell

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3 months ago

Run Balmoral

20 Days until entries close!
If you haven't signed up for one of our runs, then don't delay. Our closing date is 31st March for all races - although the Chrysaor 5km has only a handful of places left and could close at any moment - but charity places remain available.
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20 Days until entries close!
If you havent signed up for one of our runs, then dont delay. Our closing date is 31st March for all races - although the Chrysaor 5km has only a handful of places left and could close at any moment - but charity places remain available.

 

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Hopefully it doesn't get cancelled or rescheduled 🤔😷

When’s the helicopter due?

Lesley Watson this is a beautiful run I did it a few years ago

Diane Maciver

Eve Strachan for Mia obvz 🙊🤣

Lewis Rothnie

Jennifer Louise, Janette Jarvie!

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3 months ago

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About our Gold charity partner - VSA

 

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Sorry for the typo folks VSA are a Charity and not a Sponsor 🤦‍♂️

3 months ago

Run Balmoral

Final call folks ...there's only a handful of places left in the Chrysaor 5km.

But if you are unlucky in the public entry, our affiliated charities may have places available.

Check them out:

www.vsa.org.uk/support-us/events-and-challenges/

www.scaa.org.uk

www.kayleighsweestars.co.uk

archie.org/friends-of-the-neonatal-unit/about-us/

University of Aberdeen Development Trust

www.charliehouse.org.uk/
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3 months ago

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Some of our charity mascots took a trip out to Balmoral to check out the surroundings ahead of the races in April.

Why not sign up to suport one of them at RunBalmoral 2020 on April 18th-19th?

@ScotlandsAirAmubulanceCharity
@UoADevTrust
@charliehousehq

www.vsa.org.uk/support-us/events-and-challenges/?article=35

www.scaa.org.uk

www.kayleighsweestars.co.uk/site/events/run-balmoral-2019

archie.org/friends-of-the-neonatal-unit/about-us/

University of Aberdeen Development Trust
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Well done, Scotty!

Shriek looks familiar Peter Jennings

3 months ago

Run Balmoral

RUN BALMORAL 2020 – RUNNING IS ONLY PART OF IT

Come run with us ... 🤩 we have your weekend covered.

Haven’t signed up yet ...? Here’s a few reasons why you should:

Join us for a fantastic line up of races and entertainment... a brilliant FAMILY DAY OUT or make a weekend of it ...

We have a full range of entertainment for all the family…take a look at our Event Village, take a tour of the magnificent grounds of Balmoral Castle.

RACING?

For the youngsters…..the MPH PRIMARY SCHOOLS 1.5k or the AON SECONDARY SCHOOLS 2.5k…. and once that’s over they can use the rest of their energy on the climbing walls or jumps.

For the adults ..try the fast flat CHRYSAOR 5k course.

Or take on #THEHILL OF THE STENA DRILLING 10k.

Bring the bike for the APOLLO DUATHLON which takes in the beautiful estate grounds.

Or... Hit the wild side with stunning scenery in the BRISTOW 15mile trail race ….or take the shorter tour of the 3mile race - a tough but fun run!

Or be our DEVIL OF DEESIDE and take on 4 events over the 2 days.

And kit yourself out with new gear @run4it_ ......and enjoy a post race massage.

Take a simulator tour with @bristows helicopters.

Picnic on the Queen’s lawn or grab some great grub from one of our vendors ..

What’s not to love 🤷🏼‍♀ sign up now ...

RUN BALMORAL 2020 – RUNNING IS ONLY PART OF IT.
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Morven Webster 😍

Caroline Wetherell are you lot doing the rub-down again?

Sam Redpath

Eilidh Moir x

3 months ago

Run Balmoral

Run4It🎉 COMPETITION WINNER 🤩

Congratulations again to Victoria Deveci, the winner of our Run Balmoral and Saucony competition who was in store yesterday to pick up her winnings!

We hope you enjoy the Run Balmoral 10k when it comes around and hope all your new goodies help with your training and recovery! 💪

#improveyourrun #RunBalmoral #Saucony
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Yeah well done Vicky 😍

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