Sponsors for Half Marathon

International oil company Aker Solutions has joined the winning team behind the Crathes Castle Half Marathon as attention turns to the 2012 race.

The company, which has its UK headquarters in Aberdeen, has signed up with event organisers the National Trust for Scotland to sponsor the half marathon for the next three years. It was also confirmed today that a £500 cash prize will be offered to race winners this year.

Runners need to be quick to sign up for the event as there are only 200 places left.

Property Manager Gareth Clingan said: “We are really pleased that Aker Solutions has joined the team dedicated to establishing the Crathes Castle Half Marathon as a signature event on the Scottish running calendar. In this second year, and with the endorsement of runners of Robbie’s calibre, we are hoping that this year’s race will be even bigger and more competitive. I’m sure that Aker’s extra support will help make the event even more enjoyable for the runners and all our spectators too.”

The second Crathes Half Marathon takes place on Saturday September 15 at 12 noon. Starting at Crathes Castle, the route will take runners out onto country roads to the north and east of the estate grounds. The mid-way point is almost at another local National Trust for Scotland property – Drum Castle – before the route turns back towards Crathes once more.