Entries now open for Run Balmoral 2022
Organisers promise ‘a fabulous weekend’ as Royal Deeside races return
Entries have just opened this morning (Friday, 8 October) for the 23rd edition of RunBalmoral, one of Scotland’s biggest and most spectacular mass participation sporting events.
The Aberdeenshire running festival, which regularly attracts more than 5000 entrants for its varied programme of races catering for all ages, was cancelled in each of the past two years because of the pandemic.
RunBalmoral Chair James Knowles told runABC Scotland that he is looking forward to welcoming runners from far and wide back to the Deeside estate over the weekend of 23–24 April.
Knowles said: "It has been a long wait since our last event, in 2019, and we would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding during what has been a traumatic time for so many people.
"The support we have received from runners, sponsors, suppliers and the wider local community has been terrific and, although significant challenges remain, we are excited to be able to confirm that our full programme of races is planned to go ahead."
Knowles encouraged runners hoping to take part next spring to sign up as soon as possible, since many of the limited places have already been allocated to participants with entries deferred from 2020 and 2021.
He also confirmed that RunBalmoral would be continuing their series of special medals depicting notable landmarks within and around the Balmoral Estate. The 2022 medal will feature Balmoral Castle itself.
Knowles also noted that corporate teams would once again be able to compete for the magnificent Stena Drilling – Harbour Energy Corporate Team Challenge trophy.
As in previous years, the action at RunBalmoral will be spread out over two days.
Saturday will begin with the MPH primary schools 1.5K races and the Aon secondary schools 2.5K, followed by the Harbour Energy 5km and the Stena Drilling 10K.
Sunday will start with the Apollo duathlon, followed by the Bristow 15-mile and Bristow 3-mile trail races.
An enhanced Event Village, featuring a range of activities for youngsters and quality food concessions, will welcome runners and spectators alike on both days.
For those who want the total Balmoral experience, Knowles added, “there's always the Repsol Sinopec Devil of Deeside Challenge”. The gruelling event requires competitors to take part in four adult races over the two days: the 5K and 10K on the Saturday, followed by the duathlon and 15-mile trail race on the Sunday.
“It promises to be a fabulous weekend."