Peterhead Running Festival is a marathon success

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Peterhead’s first ever running festival proved to be a huge success with more than 600 people taking part in the fitness-focused event.

Peterhead Jogscotland chairman Stephen Bruce was very proud of Sunday’s success, telling the Buchanie: “It was an amazing day on and a lot of people came out and supported the event.”

Around 420 children took part in the Shell school runs, 120 in the half marathon and 120 in the Shell 5km run.

Stephen continued: “Both the football club car park and the nearby Focus car park were full. It was good to see a community event have so much local support.

“There was a lot of new faces who went along to the health and activity fair so hopefully they are considering joining one of the local clubs to become more active.

“The stalls organised by Connie Chiappino were a huge success and all of the holders seemed to be busy. We’d also like to thank the Sea Cadets for their help with marshalling and looking after the children’s activity area and also the Rotary Club who helped with stewarding.”

The local running club is hoping to build on the event next year which attracted a lot of attention from outwith Peterhead, including Edinburgh, Dundee and even an American family.

Stephen added: “We don’t have a final total yet but all of the money is going to the Scottish Spina Bifida Association and we really can’t thank everyone enough. There were so many sponsors who made the event possible particularly our main ones Shell and Event Scotland.”

Local MP Eilidh Whiteford congratulated the organisers and sponsors of the Peterhead Running Festival on a spectacularly successful event.

Speaking after the event, Eilidh said: “The turnout today for the schools races – which itself attracted over 400 entrants – and the Peterhead Half-Marathon and the Shell 5km Run was just phenomenal. It is a real tribute to the hard work of Stephen Bruce and the team involved with Peterhead JogScotland.”

“The event is such a positive thing for Peterhead and the JogScotland team have an infectious enthusiasm for what they are doing which serves to draw more people in and certainly made today’s festival a huge success and a great spectacle for the town.

“I congratulate the organisers and the sponsors who backed this event and hope it goes from strength to strength next year.”

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