Gearing up for great Phd Running Festival

The Peterhead Running Festival is set to be bigger and better in 2013.
The Peterhead Running Festival is set to be bigger and better in 2013.

It’s almost time for this year’s Peterhead Running Festival, which takes place on Sunday, June 30.

The festival, now in its third year, includes the Peterhead Half Marathon and Shell 5km as well as the Shell School Fun Runs, which last year attracted more than 450 children.

Peterhead Running Festival is a Scottish Athletics Permit event and £50 will be awarded to any runner - man or woman - who beats the record event for the Peterhead Half Marathon and the Shell 5km .

All runners will receive a timing chip when they pick up their running number on the day of the event.

This year the festival will also include primary and secondary seven-a-side football tournaments, and Peterhead Football Club is also holding an open day where supporters will have a chance to meet the players.

The club hopes to launch its new strip and announce

a new sponsorship deal for the season on the day.

Festival chair, Stephen Bruce told the Buchanie: “Every year the festival is getting bigger and bigger, and we are delighted to have backing of Peterhead Football Club this year who have been very supportive.

“We are really looking forward to their Open day which will be a great addition to the festival, along with the football tournaments.

“This year we also added more charity stalls which will also be in Peterhead Football Club, so it’s going to be great day out for all the family.”

This year’s Peterhead Half Marathon starts at 11.30am with the route taking runners out into the beautiful Buchan countryside, through the village of St Fergus, and back into Peterhead where they will finish with a lap of the running track at Catto Park.

This event is chip-timed, and is run under Scottish Athletic permit rules.

Entry to this year’s race is £12 to Jogscotland and Scottish Athletic members and £14 to non-members. The cost on the day will be £15.

All those taking part will receive a t-shirt and medal, while a special prize of £50 will be given to anyone creating a new course record which is currently held by Elaine Whyte for the ladies in a time of 1hr 29mins 21 secs, and Niku Millot for the men in 01 hr 17 mins 06 secs.

Meanwhile, the Shell 5km starts at 11.45am taking runners out the former Buchan Formantine Line and back into Peterhead via a scenic path looking over the River Ugie, finishing at the running track at Catto Park.

This event costs £5 for Scottish Athletics and Jogscotland members, £7 non-members and £8 on the day, thanks to sponsorship from SHELL.

All those taking part receives a medal and a goody bag for taking part.

All levels of ability (including walkers) are welcome to take part. A prize of £50 will be given to anyone creating a new course record for this event.

At this time the course records are held by Gareth Jenkins (16 mins 48 secs) and Lisa Stephen (20 mins 58 secs).

All pupils taking part in this year’s Shell School Fun Runs will receive a free medal and some free goodies. Also 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 your school by Thursday, June 13. 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, and you can also register at Peterhead Football Club on Wednesday, June 12, from 7pm-8pm.