Balmoral Castle the backdrop to the race

October 6th 2015....a date for your diary - 5 June 2015

We have already announced that RunBalmoral 2016 will be held over the weekend of 23-24 April, but now I can tell you that entries will open on Tuesday 6th October 2015.

So please put the date in your diaries and get ready to sign up straight away. We know many people were disappointed to miss out on some of this year's races because they were fully subscribed. The only way to avoid that situation is to enter as early as possible.

2015 was another successful year for RunBalmoral and, with the continued tremendous support of the running community, sponsors, supporters and voluntary organisations, we will make every effort to ensure 2016 is even better. 

One of the highlights of the weekend was the fantastic record-breaking performance from Andrew Douglas in the 15 mile trail race, but every event was exciting as runners of all ages and levels of experience and ability gave it their all. 

This year we welcomed two new sponsors to RunBalmoral with Apollo backing a new event, a duathlon, while Glacier Energy Services sponsored the 15 mile trail race. 

These companies join MPH Ltd, Kongsberg Maritime, ConocoPhillips and Stena Drilling who have been with us since the beginning. Aberdeenshire Council has also given its wholehearted backing to the event throughout its history and we are tremendously appreciative of their continued contribution. 

We are also extremely grateful for the support of Balmoral Estate and its staff in making this iconic venue available for our races and putting things in place to ensure everything went smoothly over the weekend.

Our involvement with local charities developed positively this year and once again a six figure sum was raised, which is fantastic news. The partnership with eight official charities provides wide-reaching benefits across the north east. 

We also broadened our involvement with the local community by introducing a Sports Bursary award which resulted in us being able to support nine projects which are helping young people throughout the area. 

Another intitiative undertaken was the shipping of surplus t-shirts from previous Balmoral races to support projects which help under-privileged children in Africa. In 2013 we sent a consignment to Gambia and this year we have sent t-shirts to Kenya to help the work of the Gathimba Edwards Foundation. 

Everyone at RunBalmoral is excited about the future of the event as it continues to evolve and we are looking forward to welcoming you all again in 2016.

James Knowles
Chairman, Balmoral Road Races Ltd, June 2015

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