Balmoral Castle the backdrop to the race

Stars of the future? - 24 April 2014

Some stars of the future could be on show in the MPH primary schools 1.5Km and the Kongsberg Maritime secondary schools 2.5Km races at Balmoral on Saturday.

Great Britain internationals Robbie Simpson and ...Rhona Auckland participated as youngsters in the primary and secondary school races and they both remain regular visitors to the Deeside event now that they are in the senior ranks.

Robbie won the Stena Drilling Tartan 10Km in a record time last year before going on to win the 15 mile trail race the following day.He'll be back this weekend to have another crack at breaking his own 10Km record.

Rhona also set a record, for the second year in a row, when winning the women's division of the ConocoPhillips 5Km last April. She's returning again on Saturday to bid for a hat-trick of record-breaking performances.

But it's not only distance runners who have enjoyed success at Balmoral. In 2009, Moray athlete Dionne Milne won the primary schools girls' race but she has since gone on to become one of Scotland's best young discus throwers and is currently the national under-20 and under-18 age group champion.

Record numbers of youngsters will be running on Saturday and it's great to see the unbridled enthusiasm and boundless energy they all demonstrate.

It should be a fantastic occasion and perhaps some of them will be inspired to go on to become top class international runners in the future.

Balmoral has, after all, shown itself to be a breeding ground for talent in the past.

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