Entries now open for 2016 Bennachie Hill Race

Plant Integrity Management Ltd (PIM), established 2011, provides consultancy and strategic management support, for its clients' critical plant and equipment; helping to manage the function and integrity of their assets.

(Photo: Ross Johnston/Newsline Media)

Plant Integrity Management Ltd (PIM), established 2011, provides consultancy and strategic management support, for its clients' critical plant and equipment; helping to manage the function and integrity of their assets. (Photo: Ross Johnston/Newsline Media)

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Entries are now open for the 2016 Bennachie Hill Race which will take place on October 2 for the 27th consecutive year .

Organised by the Garioch Roadrunners, it is viewed by many as an essential event on the annual hill running race calendar.

The race, which starts at 2pm, is the last of the Aberdeenshire Hill Race series. It covers approximately 8.2 miles/13.1km and ascends 1500ft/500m.

Entries opened on Saturday, June 4, and the field is strictly limited to 200 entrants.

The senior hill race course records of 53 minutes 51 seconds and 61 minutes 25 seconds are held by Chris Smith (Thames Valley Harriers) and Clare Whitehead (Cosmics) respectively.

Clare’s record has stood since 2002 while Chris’ was set in 2009.

Local firm, Plant Integrity Management Ltd (PIM) is sponsoring the organisation of the event and founding director and keen runner, Martin Worth will compete in the race.

“The Bennachie Hill Race takes place in beautiful surroundings just 15 miles from our offices,” said Martin.

It encompasses many of the ‘tops’ of Bennachie including Oxen Craig, Craigshannoch as well as Mither Tap.

“It’s great for PIM to be able to support a local event and I’ll be encouraging my colleagues to consider registering to take part in the run too.”

Outgoing Garioch Roadrunners chair Rod MacInnes commented, “A junior event for runners aged between 13 and 17 is being held at the same time as the senior hill race.

“It is over approximately 3.1 miles/5km and the runners should expect a total of almost 500ft/150m of ascent.”