A racer runs past Balmoral Castle

Event Info

Timetable of Events

BALMORAL ROAD RACES LTD RESERVE THE RIGHT TO ALTER TIMES AS REQUIRED. Held under UK Athletics rules and a Scottish Athletics Permit.

Saturday 22nd April 2017

Time Event
10.50 Primary Schools Boys Warm Up
11.15 Primary Schools Girls Warm Up
11.40 Secondary Schools Warm Up
12.15 5K Warm Up
12.30 5K RACE
12.40 Primary & Secondary Schools Presentations
14.00 10K RACE
14.15 5K Presentation
15:30 10K Presentations


Sunday 23rd April 2017

Time Event
09.30 Apollo Duathlon Race
13.00 TRAC15 mile Trail (multi terrain race)
13.15 TRAC Wee Trail Race (multi terrain race)
  Presentations times to be confirmed


Event Layout Map

Event Map
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Medical Support

Paramedics from the Scottish Ambulance Service and first aiders from the St Andrews Ambulance Association will be available opposite the finish funnels. Medical personnel will also be in attendance along the route. Aberdeenshire Sports Medicine Centre Personnel will be located by the finish area to treat sports injuries.


Toilets are available at the estate's cafeteria, adjacent to the information tent, in the finish area and in the fringe area.

Lost Property

Enquiries regarding lost property will be handled from the public address point in the Leisuremobile.


Queries and information about the runs will be dealt with at the information tent.

Extremes of Weather

Please ensure you are properly hydrated and come prepared for the extremes of weather. It may be very warm and sunny, requiring sun cream or conversely very cold and wet requiring warm and dry clothing.

Course Marshalls

Air Cadets from Aberdeen & North East Scotland Wing of the Air Training Corps will act as marshalls on Saturday. The Grampian Leaders will act as marshalls on Sunday.

If you have the opportunity, please thank them individually for their efforts. We would like to record our thanks for their important contribution.

Race Pack

The pack should contain your race number, 4 pins, a Timing Chip complete with instructions and event programme.

Your Race Number: Fasten your number securely to the front of your t-shirt using 4 pins – one at each corner.

Timing Chip: A timing chip is a miniature transponder in a specially designed plastic housing. The device contains a chip in combination with an energizing coil. Your timing chip must be attached to your left ankle with the strap supplied. It will record your exact time for the course.

Doctors Advice

If you have not undertaken an exercise programme before, you are strongly advised to consult your doctor for a check up. Don’t have any alcohol the night before the race. Alcohol helps to cause dehydration – not good on the start line of a road run. Save it for Saturday night when you’ll have something to celebrate!


Please write in ballpoint pen on the back of your number any medical condition that may be relevant on the day and any special treatment required to assist the medical staff should you encounter any difficulties.

Primary and Secondary Races

Note for parent or guardian: As a precaution, please ensure that you put an emergency contact telephone number on the FRONT of the race number.

Where is Balmoral

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.

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Car Parking

The car parking arrangements and the race routes are completely independent of each other. Participants and spectators will be free to come and go from the event whenever they wish. (Delays may be experienced when exiting from the car parks within the Castle Grounds) when races are in progress.

If possible please share your transport with your fellow runners and family to reduce the number of vehicles on the day. Allow plenty of journey time, there is only one main road (A93) leading to Balmoral and delays are inevitable. Please be patient.

Aim to get to the start and finish line for at least one hour before the advertised start times of your event. There will be plenty to see and do, so make a day of it and get there early.

Designated Car Parks

All public car parking for traffic approaching from both Ballater and Braemar is located at Balmoral. For early traffic arriving at the event, parking will be available within the estate grounds.

Once the car parks are full within the estate itself the parking will revert to the designated parking outside the estate in the fields adjacent to the Visitor Centre near Crathie Church.

Please follow the directional signage, instructions and advice given to you by police and stewards on the day. Parking is on grass. Please only park in the designated event car parks and do not park on grass verges.

Once you have parked, signs will direct you towards the start and finish areas (20 minute walk approx) or you could take one of the buses which will be operating a circular route from the white bridge via Easter Balmoral to five roads junction and back from 9.30am – except when there are races on.

Pass Holders

If you plan to arrive after 10.30 or intend to leave before the finish of the 10k you are advised to use either car park 2 or 7. This will involve a walk to the start/finish area.

The Finish

After running over the mat that will activate your timing chip you will arrive in the finishing enclosure where your timing chip will be removed and you will receive a bottle of water (Children will also receive a goody bag), medal and t-shirt. You can then exit the finish area and rejoin your family and friends.


You can leave your baggage with your parents or friends, or deposit it in the changing marquee. Make sure you clearly label your bag so we have a chance of returning it to you. The organisers accept no responsibility for any losses. Crathie School will operate a safe baggage store at £1 per item.

Balmoral Estate

Please don’t forget to spend some time visiting the Balmoral Exhibition & Estate cafeteria which will be open all day.

Terms and Conditions

A listing of the full terms and conditions.