Gearing up for Running Festival

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FOLLOWING successful events in Scottish Week, Peterhead Jogscotland is now turning its attention to the second Peterhead Running Festival and Fun Day which will take place on Sunday, September 16, at the town’s Catto Park.

The annual Marinathon and a new Treasure Hunt, added to the Scottish Week programme for 2012, both proved extremely successful for the organisers, and now the momentum is gathering for the second running festival.

Organisers, Peterhead Jogscotland, in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council, hopes to build on the success of last year’s event, which attracted more than 600 participants.

Oil giants Shell will be the main sponsor for the second year running and the festival will also include the Shell School Fun Runs - in partnership with Aberdeenshire Active Schools, which proved to be a massive hit with pupils last year.

The fun runs, which are free to enter, attracted in excess of 400 children from 36 schools throughout Aberdeenshire in 2011 and it is hoped to build on that success in 2012.

All pupils taking part in this year’s event will receive a 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 which they can spend on sports equipment.

All parents/guardians must complete and return an entry form to their school by Friday, September 7, to enter the Shell School Fun Runs.

Other events planned on the day include the Shell 5km run, jog or walk, which attracted more than 100 participants last year.

There will also be the very successful Peterhead Half Marathon, now in its third year, plus live broadcasts from Wavesfm, plenty of places to broswe around thanks to Connies craft stalls, a children’s play area featuring bouncy castle and face painting,.

There will be lots more entertainment for all the family on the day, while refreshments will also be served throughout the event.

All proceeds from this year’s festival will go to the Scottish Spina Bifida Association and other local charities.

Organising committee spokesman, Stephen Bruce, told the Buchanie: “After the success of last year’s event 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.

“By the time the festival comes around the Olympics will be over and we hope all ages will be encouraged by the success of our GB athletes to get active and take part in this year’s festival.

“All are welcome, from the five-year-old primary 1 pupils who can take part in the Shell School Fun Runs to grannies and grandads who can walk, jog or even run the Shell 5km,” he added.