High­landrun isas­uc­cess

Perthshire Advertiser - - MONDAY’S TV -

The Ro­tary Club of Aber­feldy and District’s sixth an­nual High­land Perthshire marathon and half­marathon have been hailed a suc­cess.

A field of 400 ath­letes took part in the races on the day, with a fur­ther 70 par­tic­i­pat­ing in a pop­u­lar Cy­cle Sportive.

On ar­rival back in Aber­feldy, par­tic­i­pants were able to re­lax and take ad­van­tage of the swim­ming fa­cil­i­ties avail­able at Breadal­bane Cam­pus.

Rich My­ers won the men’s marathon in 2:52:06 while Rachel New­stead took home the ladies’prize in 3:03:32. In the half-marathon, Lewis Rodgers (1:11:33) and Ca­tri­ona Buchan (1:23:02) claimed the top spots.

To round off the week­end the ath­letes and their fam­i­lies were treated to an evening ceilidh at Aber­feldy Town Hall.

Event di­rec­tor, Peter Don­ald­son, said:‘’It was a fan­tas­tic event held in per­fect con­di­tions, and show­cas­ing High­land Perthshire at its very best.

“Par­tic­i­pant num­bers were well up on last year and we have had fan­tas­tic pos­i­tive feed­back com­ment­ing on the or­gan­i­sa­tion, the beau­ti­ful route, the tremen­dous job done by our vol­un­teer mar­shals and above all the real spirit of en­joy­ment by all on the day.’’

Peter added:“We had over 80 vol­un­teers help­ing us on the day, and I would like to say a big thank you to them for help­ing to make the day such a huge suc­cess.’’

Ro­tary Club pres­i­dent, John Steele, said:‘’Ro­tary takes a lot of plea­sure from or­gan­is­ing this an­nual event which raises monies for char­i­ties and lo­cal good causes - and hugely sup­ports the in­di­vid­ual ath­letes in their fund rais­ing ac­tiv­ity for their own cho­sen char­i­ties.

“The event has grown from an ini­tial idea dis­cussed just a few short years ago, to what we con­sider to be one of the most suc­cess­ful ini­tia­tives un­der­taken by Aber­feldy Ro­tary.

“It’s true to say that as a small club we could not have phys­i­cally achieved such a level of suc­cess had it not been for the huge sup­port of our spon­sors, the many vol­un­tary groups who sup­port us, lo­cal busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als within our lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

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