Run for the Rock exceeds expectations

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MORE than 350 locals took part in a 100-mile relay around the North east recently in aid of the Solid Rock Cafe in Fraserburgh, which offers support for vulnerable people with life controlling issues.

The event began at Fraserburgh Heritage Centre with Fraserburgh Jogscotland runners and locals running a 3k, 5k or five-mile route around the shore towards Sandhaven.

Afterwards walkers took off along the Moray Firth coast towards Macduff. By midnight the relay had reached the Royal Tarlair Golf Course where a group of 13 runners took over and ran through the night 50 miles towards Peterhead.

Early on Saturday walkers from Mintlaw Community Church joined at Stuartfield walking to Mintlaw. From the heart of Buchan Peterhead Jogscotland leaders, along with the night time runners, ran the last nine-mile leg to Peterhead.

As part of the town’s Scottish Week programme a 3k, 5k or 7k run was held by Peterhead Jogscotland. Then the last lap began as walkers marched from Peterhead to Fraserburgh via Crimond, St Combs and Cairnbulg. The relay ended within 24 hours at the Solid Rock Cafe.

Senior Support Worker Paul Innes told the Buchanie: “Run for the Rock totally exceeded my expectations. So far we have raised well over £8,000 and are still getting donations all the time.

“I really appreciate everyone who took part in the event and admire the commitment and effort every participant displayed. Runners, walkers and cyclists of all ages participated and thankfully no one was hurt or injured during the event. I was overwhelmed by the turnout and generosity shown. I’d like to thank every one who took part in the event and made it such a spectacle.

“Without the support of the local people of the North east the work of the cafe would not be as successful. We really appreciate all the local businesses who supported the event and made a donation to help cover the initial costs.”

If you would like to make a donation or find out more about the support the Solid Rock Cafe you can give, contact Paul on (01346) 515608 or email him at

Thanks were expressed to Dimensions, Caley Fisheries Ltd, SPFA, Something Special, Whitelink Seafoods, Rodgers Electrical, ASCO, The Gift Boutique, Studio 2, Waterside Inn, Gibbs Tyre & Auto, Tesco, The Beautiful Baby Boutique, Cuddy’s Optician, Garden’s Pharmacy, Fraserburgh Heritage Centre, Williamson’s Kitchen’s, Mckenzie Engineering and Acumen.