Welcome to our 21st anniversary Run Balmoral meeting. There is always a superb atmosphere over the race weekend, generated not only by the runners, but also by the thousands of spectators who come along to join in the fun. Once again we have a fantastic number of entrants. The MPH Primary schools 1.5km boys’ and girls’ races, together with the FOS Group secondary schools 2.5km have attracted well over 1,200 runners. Close to 1,000 will compete in the ConocoPhillips 5km and the Stena Drilling Tartan 10km has 2,450 entrants, so the Saturday programme will be as busy and exciting as ever.
Sunday also promises to be a wonderful occasion as we host the Apollo Duathlon which has achieved its biggest entry to date. We also have a large entry for the TRAC 15 Mile Trail Race while the TRAC 3 mile race continues to provide an introduction to off-road running for many participants.
The Repsol Sinopec Devil of Deeside Challenge is back for its second year. This is a gruelling contest in which competitors tackle the 5km, 10km, Duathlon and the 15 Mile Trail Race and we have bigger entry numbers for this as well, 143, which is truly remarkable.
On behalf of the Board of RunBalmoral and the Management Team, I’d like to wholeheartedly thank our sponsors, charities, volunteers, suppliers, runners and spectators, all of whom make this a tremendously vibrant event. I also wish to thank Aberdeenshire Council for its fantastic support, our retail partner Run-4-It, and Balmoral Estate for not only making this wonderful venue available, but also for all the hard work put in by staff to ensure everything runs so smoothly.
I hope you all enjoy the weekend and I wish every participant the very best of luck.
James Knowles, Chairman, Balmoral Road Races Ltd.