Bennachie Race celebrates 25 years

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The Bennachie Hill Race will be celebrating its 25th birthday on Sunday, 5 October.

The popular local event, organised by Inverurie’s Garioch Roadrunners, sends runners on a scenic route up and around Aberdeenshire’s most famous landmark.

The senior route is 8.2 miles long with 1,500 ft of elevation and takes in Watch Craig, Oxen Craig, Craigshannoch, the ancient fort on Mither Tap and the historic Maiden Causeway.

The junior route, for runners aged 13–17, is approximately 5 km long with a more modest 150 ft of elevation.

Club Chairman and Race Director Rod Macinnes said, “Over its 25 years our race has gained an enviable reputation for being an achievable challenge that appeals to both seasoned hill runners and road runners alike. The Garioch Roadrunners look forward to welcoming participants from across the North East in a few days’ time to help us celebrate the last 25 years – and look forward to at least 25 more.”

To mark the milestone, both the Garioch Roadrunners and Craigdon Mountain Sports will be providing limited-edition mementos of the race for all finishers and volunteers.

Mackies of Scotland will also be sponsoring the refreshment tent and contributing their own snacks to the legendary post-race spread.

The Bennachie Hill Race starts and finishes at the Back o’Bennachie car park near Oyne. Registration opens at 12.30; the race starts at 2pm. Entries are limited to 200 and can be made via www.entrycentral.com/BHR25.

For more information abut both the event and the Garioch Roadrunners, please see www.gariochroadrunners.com.