2013 Entries - 7 January 2013
Scotland international Morgan Windram-Geddes won the women's division of the 15 mile multi-terrain challenge at Balmoral last April and is one of the leading early entrants for this year's Balmoral road races, which look likely to attract a record number of participants.The American-born runner, who is based in Dundee and represents Fife AC,won the women's division of the 15 mile multi-terrain challenge at Balmoral last April. That earned her a trip to November's Great Ethiopia 10K Run in Addis Ababa along with Banchory's Robbie Simpson, winner of the Balmoral men's title.
Morgan thoroughly enjoyed competing in the Deeside race and was totally enthralled by the Ethiopian experience. She said: "The Balmoral trail race is wonderful and I'd certainly like to do it again in 2013. The course is so beautiful.
Ethiopia was an amazing experience for me and I am so grateful to everyone at the Balmoral races for giving me what was the chance of a lifetime to go there.
It was spectacular. The energy, excitement, happiness and love of the people were overwhelming.
The crowds soared, rushed, sang and danced, it was amazing."
Morgan, who completed the run in 41 minutes despite having missed a lot of training because of injuries, was stunned to be invited to a post race party at the home of legendary Ethiopian distance runner Haile Gebreselassie. She said:"I almost fainted. He is an amazing humble man. He is truly wonderful and has a special smile that exudes happiness, strength and giving. Robbie and I even went for a post race and post lunch run behind Haile's house in the mountains."
Entries are already flooding in for the Balmoral races which will be held over the weekend of 27th-28th April and organisers expect all available places in some events to be filled well before the official closing date.
Race Director Alastair Simpson said: "Entries are coming in much faster than last year, especially for our biggest race which is the Stena Drilling Tartan 10K.
We can take 2,500 runners in this event but the way things are going I'd expect all of these places to be filled very early, so I'd encourage people to register as soon as possible if the plan to do it.
We also have healthy numbers entering the ConocoPhillips 5K which has a capacity of 1,000 runners.
Part of the added attraction of the 10K and 5K this year is down to the fact that the races feature a new Corporate Challenge team competition which seems to be stirring up quite a bit of interest.
The 15 mile Balmoral Challenge race is also showing signs of attracting its biggest ever number of participants. A new element of this race is the inclusion of a Scottish athletics team competition.
The MPH primary schools 1.5K boys and girls races are also attracting healthy numbers and we have a lot of interest in the Kongsberg Maritime secondary schools 2.5K.