Friday, June 24, 2016

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On Sunday 2 October 2016 the Bennachie Hill Race will be held for the 27th time. Organised by the Garioch Roadrunners, it is viewed by many as an essential event on the hill running race calendar. The race, which starts at 2pm, is the last of the Aberdeenshire Hill Race series. It covers approximately 8.2 miles/13.1km and ascends 1500ft/500m. Entries will open on Saturday 4th June 2016 and the field is strictly limited to 200 entrants.

The senior hill race course records of 53 minutes 51 seconds and 61 minutes 25 seconds are held by Chris Smith (Thames Valley Harriers) and Clare Whitehead (Cosmics) respectively. Clare’s record has stood since 2002 while Chris’ was set in 2009.

Local firm, Plant Integrity Management Ltd (PIM) is sponsoring the organisation of the event and founding director and keen runner, Martin Worth will compete in the race.

Nicola Redgwell, chair of the Garioch Roadrunners, said, ‘Our club is delighted in the assistance given by PIM to run this year’s hill race on the iconic Bennachie. For many it’s a ‘must do’ event and we look forward to welcoming friends old and new to the Back ‘O Bennachie in October.’

Martin added, ‘The Bennachie Hill Race takes place in beautiful surroundings just 15 miles from our offices. It encompasses many of the ‘tops’ of Bennachie including Oxen Craig, Craigshannoch as well as Mither Tap. It’s great for PIM to be able to support a local event and I’ll be encouraging my colleagues to consider registering to take part in the run too.’

Outgoing Garioch Roadrunners chair Rod MacInnes commented, ‘A junior event for runners aged between 13 and 17 is being held at the same time as the senior hill race. It is over approximately 3.1 miles/5km and the runners should expect a total of almost 500ft/150m of ascent.’

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