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It's a Family Affair As Primary School Races Begin To Fill Up - 21 February 2010

Record numbers of entries for the MPH primary schools 1.5K at Balmoral means there will now be two races instead of one as had been originally planned. Organisers have decided that separate races will be held for boys and girls in order to cope with the increased numbers.

Event manager Alastair Simpson is delighted that the 1.5K is proving to be so popular with youngsters. He said: "We had over 500 taking part last year and it seems certain we'll have a lot more on this occasion, so we thought it would be better to hold two races. That will improve conditions for everyone taking part."

"It means we'll have to adjust the timetable of events, but we'll be putting out information about that closer to the big day so that everyone is clear about what's happening."

Thomas Dalgarno, from Airyhall Primary School in Aberdeen, is returning to defend his title in the boys' race in which his younger brother Harry is also running. The Dalgarno's will be up against last year's runner-up, Stewart Millar from Cluny Primary School, Sauchen.

Stewart's younger bother Calum is also taking part while mum Marina has entered the ConocoPhillips 5K.
Fochabers runner Dionne Milne, winner of the primary schools girls' race in 2009, has now stepped up an age group, so the Mlne's High School pupil will be taking part in the Active Schools Aberdeenshire secondary 2.5K this

Her younger twin brothers, Joshua and Blair, who attend Mosstodloch Primary School, have entered the 1.5K. Dad Brian, a member of Moray Road Runners, will tackle the Stena Drilling Tartan 10K.

It all goes to prove how the Balmoral road races have become a real family day out with parents and children all taking part. Entries for all the races on 24th April are still open, but places are filling up fast. Enter today to avoid disappointment.

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