Run Banchory organizers delighted with entry response

Organizers have won a battle against time to deliver the first Run Banchory half marathon – with entries for the inaugural 13.1-mile race which closes on Sunday.

The running event – ​​which also includes Banchory Accounting Services 10k, Barry Chalmers Secondary Schools Painting, Decorating and Taping 2.5k and Woodlands Primary Schools Nursery 1k – takes place a week later on August 28.

This is the third time the 10K has been held, but the Out There Active Wear Half Marathon is the highlight addition to this year’s schedule.

Race director Scott Birse explained how bringing racing back to Scolty Hill, following devastating damage from Storm Arwen in November, was not a straightforward process.

Race planning challenges

He said: ‘The road has been quite badly affected by Storm Arwen and the car park at Scolty has just opened this week.

“Lots of trees fell and Scolty was closed because they had to do all the clearing and stuff.

“Our planned routes – even the 10km route we’ve walked for the past three years – have been changed as one of the main firefighting trails up the hill has been blocked due to trees and debris. other things, so we had to totally change the routes.

“The Forest Lands Department was very good in terms of communication and all that, and they gave us the approval to continue the race.

An image of Scolty Hill, just south of Banchory, from 2018.

“They’re going to keep doing stuff after our event, because they haven’t finished doing all the (cleanup) stuff, but they just made it as safe as possible for us to doing it, which is really good.”

Something else that’s been good, Scott says, is adoption for both adult breeds.

Although the places are still available until Sunday, Scott is already thrilled with the support for Run Banchory’s return.

Good feedback for routes

He added: “There are 200 places each for the 10k and the half marathon, and last time I checked we were at 150 (registered) for the half and 140 for the 10k, which is really nice – because my concern was some people who normally do the 10k would do the half, leaving the 10k low on the numbers.

“But he seems to have picked up. Anything over 150 for each would be really good!

“We did a reconnaissance of the courses on Sunday with a few people and the feedback was really good.

Run Banchory 2021.

“These are both multi-terrain tracks and start at King George V Park next to the Boy Scouts Hut on Dee Street in Banchory. A bagpipe player will play to create a little atmosphere before the races start.

“The 10k and the half marathon are exactly the same until a turn at 3.6 miles. At this point, the runners turn around and head back to Scolty’s parking lot, ending up in the park (King George V).

“The half marathon will continue and take – it’s quite a scenic route – more of the river, through the upper part of Blackhall (forest).”

Cash prize for half

If the great views of Deeside aren’t enough to tempt you to put on your running shoes, outdoor clothing brand Montane has also put together £250 for the first half marathon men and women, with prizes from £150 £ and £100. for the respective second and third place participants.

According to Scott, any money raised by Run Banchory goes back into the community.

He added, “It’s a community event. What we seek to do is support local sports clubs and initiatives through Run Banchory.

“Funds permitting, we will donate for everything from men’s and women’s football to the (Banchory) skatepark to maintaining local trails.”


Entry is available for Run Banchory until Sunday, August 21. Visit the event page online for more information.

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