The first Railway Relay a great success

This is the first year The Railway Relay has run.
This is the first year The Railway Relay has run.

A new local running event, The Railway Relay, was a great success when it took place for the first time earlier this month.

The Railway Relay is a team relay event suitable for those of all abilities.

Runners set off in Peterhead and followed the old Formartine and Buchan railway line before finishing at the Ellon Meadows Sports Centre on Sunday, August 2.

The route is 27 miles long and 10 teams joined in for the debut of the relay event.

Race Director, Steven Garden, said: “I’m from Ellon originally and I lived in England for a few years and when I moved back up I thought there was a demand for races in the area.

“I got the idea for the race after a run I had been on in England.”

Teams made up of three to five people can enter and choose which sections of the route each participant will run.

Each individual runner should cover no more than 13 miles in total on the day.

Steven said: “The smaller numbers made it quite an intimate event.

“There was a really good atmosphere at the end and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves.

“We really lucked out with the weather.”

Runners were also able to enjoy a free drink, cakes and a barbeque at the Sports Centre.

Steven hopes to make The Railway Relay an annual event.

He added: “It was a success in its first year and hopefully it will grow year on year and become a fixture in the Scottish running calendar.”

The relay raises money for charities and this year around £320 was raised for the Ellon Meadow’s Under 15s Football Club as well as the Ellon Rugby Club.