Organisers hail most successful Peterhead Running Festival yet

Kym and Doug Craig with Hamish Vernal the Provost of Aberdeenshire
Kym and Doug Craig with Hamish Vernal the Provost of Aberdeenshire

The fifth Peterhead Running Festival was most successful yet, with runners coming from far and wide to take part.

Over 200 runners entered the Masson Glennie Half Marathon and 230 runners entered the MB Plant 5km.

Over 450 children, representing 43 primary schools, entered the Shell School Fun Run.

The great community event was organised by Peterhead Jogscotland with help from a number of organisations including Aberdeenshire Council Active School department and Peterhead Athletics Club.

Also helping on the day was the Peterhead Sea Cadets, Peterhead Rugby Club, and members of Air Cadets who provided marshalls along the route of the half marathon and 5km.

Stephen Bruce, Peterhead Jogscotland chairman said: “We had runners from USA, Canada, New Zealand as well as England and all parts of Scotland - father and daughter Doug and Kym Craig came all way from Mobile Alabama.

“When they saw the festival on the internet they booked their holiday around it so they were in the area on the day of the festival.”

Also at the festival was Helen Willows and her daughter and son who came from Plymouth.

Winner of the Masson Glennie Half Marathon was Peterhead Athletic Club and Peterhead Jogscotland’s Leigh Strachan in a time of 1 hr 33min, winner of Mens Race for a second year running was Ron Gauld in 1 hr 18 mins.

Winner of MB Plant Ladies race was Jenny Bannerman with a new course record of 17 mins 6 secs, taking over two minutes off the course record.

Winner of the mens race was David Langan from Aberdeen.