Entries sought for Baker Hughes 10k

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KEEN runners can now sign up for the 25th City of Aberdeen Baker Hughes 10K and Fun Run after the 2011 event was officially launched last week by STV weather presenter Seán Batty.

The launch marked the official opening of entries for the event and organisers are hoping to see a record number of runners take part, after last year’s run attracted over 3,800 entrants.

The 10K, which is being organised by Sport Aberdeen, will take place on Sunday, May 22, with the route covering Aberdeen’s beach front and harbour area.

As well as the 10K, registration is also available for the 10K wheelchair race and the Banks O’ Dee Family Fun Run. To celebrate the 25th race, this year’s fun run – which will give whole families the chance to get involved – is free to enter on the day.

Race entries are available online at www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/10kaberdeen

Participants can raise money for any charity or organisation including the official race charities CLAN, Children 1st, CHAS, Inspire, Erskine, UCAN, Alzheimer Scotland and Sue Ryder.

Speaking at the 10K launch at the Beach Leisure Centre, David Henderson, Development Manager of Sport Aberdeen said they were confident that the 2011 event would be a success.

He said: “The Baker Hughes 10K has become Aberdeen’s most popular run and I am sure that this year will prove no different.

“As well as providing participants with an ideal opportunity to get fit and healthy, those taking part can raise cash for a host of worthwhile causes.

“It is wonderful to be able to launch the event and officially mark the opening of entries and now we hope to see applications flood in.”

Seán added: “I’m so pleased that I have been asked to be part of the event’s 25th celebrations and I am really looking forward to helping out on the day. Events like this are great as it’s not just about the 10K road race – of course, there’s the Family Fun Run and the 10K Wheelchair Race, which means there is something for everyone.

“Over the last few years some of the best weather has occurred during April and May and I’ll be hoping the sun will be shining down on us on the 22nd of May, although perhaps a nice cooling onshore breeze would be welcome too!”