WITH entries for the popular Run Garioch event now closed, this Sunday will see a record turnout of over 1300 runners tackle Inverurie’s Specsavers 5K, 10K and Half Marathon.
Due to the demand for places at last year’s event, organisers increased capacity across the board for 2012, but even so, this year’s 10K easily reached its limit of 800 runners well before Race Day.
The adult races will be started by Inverurie’s Citizen of the Year, Gordon Booth, while the CP&Co. sponsored Junior Runs will be kicked off by members of the Inverurie Locos.
Thi year Run Garioch 2012 will commemorate the tragic events of last year. Frank Mathers, Race Director this year and last said, “In co-operation with his family and as a tribute to Mark Sharp, who sadly passed away while taking part in last year’s run, there will be a minute of silence shortly before the start of the 10K.”
Participants in the adult races can now pick up their race packs from the Garioch Sports Centre and can do so until the morning of the race.
Local residents are also advised that there will be temporary road closures and a one-way system around Polinar Dam in operation on the day.
For those who would rather watch the race than run it, the best places to see the action are the Garioch Sports Centre, Morrisons, Kellands Rise Roundabout, Inverurie Hospital/St James’ Place and JG Ross at Highclere Business Park.
The Junior Races will start with a warm-up at 9.30am for a 10am start; adult runners will be called to their places at 10.45am for an 11am start.
Participants are also reminded that there will be no parking available at the Garioch Sports Centre and no adult race entries accepted on Race Day.