25 Up & Still Going Strong
Entries open for 25th anniversary edition of Run Balmoral...
Run Balmoral is preparing to celebrate its 25th anniversary next April when close to 5,000 people of all ages are expected to take part in an exciting series of races held over two days.
The event is held in the beautiful surroundings of the Balmoral Estate with the famous Castle providing a spectacular backdrop. All races are held on traffic-free roads and trails, offering stunning views of the Deeside countryside and the Cairngorm mountains.
Run Balmoral was first held in 1998 and from then until 2004 it was organised by former Great Britain distance running star Brendan Foster CBE. At that time it brought numerous Olympic champions and world record holders to Deeside, including legendary British performers Kelly Holmes, Paula Radcliffe and Liz McColgan, as well as the likes of Kenya's Paul Tergat, Morocco's Khalid Skah and Ireland's Sonia O'Sullivan.
Finishers in every race receive will receive a commemorative t-shirt and medal and organisers are currently holding a competition for youngsters to design the t-shirts for the schools races. Entries close on 30th November. This year’s medal features Crathie Kirk and it’s the fourth in a series of five depicting well-known landmarks in and around the Balmoral estate. All finishers in the Devil of Deeside receive an additional special medal in recognition of their efforts.
There really is something for everyone and, in addition to the races, organisers put together a vibrant Event Village which offers a range of locally-based quality catering outlets and numerous fun activities for children. It all makes for a great family day out."
The event takes place over the weekend of 27-28 April 2024 and entries can be made now at the event website.
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