Third Peterhead Running Festival launched at Longhaven

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THIS year’s Peterhead Running Festival and Peterhead Football Club Open day were officially launched on Friday at Longhaven School.

The third annual festival, which this year will incorporate PFC’s open day, will take place on Sunday, June 30, at the town’s Catto Park.

Organisers, Peterhead Jogscotland, in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council and Peterhead Football Club, hope to build on the success of last year’s event which attracted more tha 700 participants.

With support from Shell as main sponsor for the third year in succession, this year’s event will again include the Shell School Fun Runs - in partnership with Aberdeenshire Active Schools.

A free event last year the fun runs attracted more than 450 school children from 36 schools throughout Aberdeenshire.

All pupils taking part this year will receive a free medal and goodie bag, while the school with the greatest percentage of pupils per head of school roll and the school with the most pupils along on the day will each receive a £300 cheque to spend on sports equipment.

All parents/guardians must complete and return an entry form to their relevant school by Friday, June 13 to enter.

All pupils entering fun runs must be accompanied to the event by a responsible adult. Entry forms for all the events will be available at Peterhead Community Centre or by visiting www.peterheadjogscotland.com, or entering online for Shell 5km or Peterhead Half Marathon at www.entrycentral.com

Also on the day there will be a Primary Schools seven-a-side football tournament after the Shell School Fun Runs are complete.

Friday’s launch took place at Longhaven Primary School. It won the prize for having the greatest percentage of pupils per head of school roll participate.

Organisers felt it was very appropriate to have the launch of the festival there as pupils are so enthusiastic about it.

Commenting on the event, Alex Baird, plant installations manager from Shell St Fergus said: “It’s important for Shell to be involved in local projects that bring the community together. We hope that the Shell Fun Runs will provide the inspiration, motivation and excitement to get more people active.”

Other events planned on the day will include the Shell 5km which attracted more than 100 participants last year. The Peterhead Half Marathon will return for the fourth year running and in addition for the first time, Peterhead Football Club will be open for visitors.

This will give all those taking part in the festival and visitors a chance to meet and be photographed with their favourite Peterhead players as well as the club mascot Sammy the Scurry. They will also be able to tour the stadium including the changing rooms. Also on the day there will be a children’s play area, charity stalls plus lots to eat and drink.

All proceeds from the festival will go the Scottish Spina Bifida Association and other local charities.

Spokesman for the organising committee, Stephen Bruce, said: “After the success of last year’s Peterhead Running Festival we are really thrilled and honoured that Shell has once again decided to be our main sponsor. Without their generous sponsorship it would be impossible to put on an event of this scale in Peterhead.

“Last year we had over 450 school children taking part in the fun runs and with the partnership of Aberdeenshire Council/ Peterhead Football Club and by changing the date from the middle of September to Sunday, June 30, we hope to attract more children and families along to festival this year, and grow the Shell 5km and Peterhead Half Marathon into major events in the running calendar.”