Stonehaven Half Marathon

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Preparations are under way for the 2014 Stonehaven Half-Marathon, and race organisers are forecasting another great turnout for this year’s event.

The half-marathon will be 29 years old this July.

It will start at 11.15am on Sunday, July 6, in Minerallwell Park and the 13.1-mile road route is unchanged, taking runners through the town, northwards into Swanley, back along the Slug Road then downhill into the town towards the finish back at the park.

In addition, there will also be a 1k fun run around the park for the younger athletes and the organisers are delighted that Specsavers have continued their sponsorship of the fun run.

All entrants get a goody bag, active warm up and electronic timing for that all important accurate finish time. Finishers will receive a medal, a spread of food and juice from Stonehaven Running Cub’s volunteers, and a complementary swim on the day, courtesy of the Stonehaven Open Air Pool. The 1K finishers will also receive a medal and shirt from the sponsor.

As well as placing awards for first, second and third, there will also be a number of random spot prizes awarded along the route.

Stonehaven Half-Marathon, a not-for-profit event, will be raising funds for CLAN Cancer Support. The organisers seek to keep entry costs down to encourage wide participation and this year’s fee has been held at £16 (£14 if entrants are affiliated to the Scottish Athletic Federation). More information about the race can be found on the race web page at stonehavenhalfmarathon.co.uk and entries can be made at www.entrycentral.com/stonehaven-half-marathon

John Ritchie, a member of this year’s organising committee said: “It’s fantastic to see our town’s half-marathon enter its 30th year.

‘‘The ongoing support of our local community is a critical factor to its longevity which makes this sporting event so special. Whether you are a regular runner, novice or looking for a health challenge ahead of a summer vacation then the Stonehaven Half-Marathon is within your reach, and remains one of the best value for money running events in the area.

‘‘We are delighted to have nearly 200 entrants signed up already but there are still spaces left so, if you are interested in taking up the challenge, visit our website. Entries may also be taken on the day if spaces remain.

‘‘We are very grateful again for all the support of many local businesses and community organisations, without which the event would not be possible, and delighted to be supporting CLAN once more - a charity which does great things in our local community.“

If you are local and do not want to run but would like to help out with the event as a marshal then please contact the committee at marshals@stonehavenhalfmarathon.co.uk.