Robbie backs Run Balmoral; Academy duo; Central AC job; Hill trophy

Thursday 8th November 2018

Run Balmoral website

Scotland’s Commonwealth Games marathon bronze medallist Robbie Simpson was on hand to help launch the 2019 Run Balmoral races.

The 22nd edition of the popular Deeside running festival takes place over the weekend of 27-28 April  2019 and entries have now opened with organisers expecting more than 5,500 people to sign up for the programme of eight races catering for all age groups.

Knowles also announced that the Bristow Group has signed up as a new sponsor for the 15-mile and 3-mile trail races both of which take place, along with the Apollo duathlon, on the second day of the biggest running festival in Aberdeenshire.

The opening day of the festival begins with the MPH primary schools 1.5km races and the secondary schools 2.5km followed by the ConocoPhillips 5km and the Stena Drilling 10km.

And, returning for a third year is the Repsol Sinopec Devil of Deeside Challenge. This gruelling event requires competitors to take part in four adult races over the two days – the 5km and 10km on the Saturday, followed by the duathlon and 15-mile trail race on the Sunday.  The man and woman with the best cumulative time from the four races will win a fantastic trophy and prize.

Simpson, 26, has always been a fan of the Balmoral event. One of his first races was the secondary schools run 14 years ago and he has since won the 10km and long trail races on three occasions each.

‘Balmoral is such a brilliant event because there’s a race for every age and ability and the courses run through some of the best scenery in Scotland,’ said Robbie.

‘It has the feel of a really big race with thousands of runners and supporters, but some sections of the course through the forest are quiet and it’s a nice contrast. I’d recommend this event to anyone who hasn’t been before as it’s a classic event and a great day out for all the family.’

With thanks to Fraser Clyne


Steeplechaser Sarah Tait (on right, Lasswade vest) is now with our National Academy

scottishathletics launched a new intake for the National Academy a few weeks ago with a residential camp at Carronvale.

We’re delighted now to confirm there are two further additions to our group of Year One athletes as we offer support to them and their coaches and parents.

Lasswade AAC siblings Sarah and Magnus Tait both join us now following fine steeplechase performances in 2018.

Congratulations to Sarah and Magnus and family and their coaches, Kirk and Linda Smith (who were named Club Coach of the Year at the FPSG Awards Dinner), as well as all at Lasswade AAC helping in their development.

National Academy Year One additions

Athlete Coach Event Group Club
Sarah Tait Linda Smith Endurance Lasswade AAC
Magnus Tait Linda Smith Endurance Lasswade AAC

National Academy more information and full list of athletes


Club Together Officer – Central AC

Organisation: Central Athletic Club and scottishathletics

Closing Date: 26 November 2018

11 months fixed term post (with view of extending);

Salary – £6,262 (15 hours per week)

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Club which is seeking to appoint a Club Together Officer in partnership with scottishathletics.

This role will play a significant role in creating a thriving development structure within the club, focusing on recruiting and developing volunteers and coaches and fostering athlete pathways, to ensure that a vibrant athletics club sits at the centre of sustainable athletics development within the community.

Apply here


Young hill runners gather with the City of Edinburgh Trophy at Cumbernauld recently following success in Ireland in September

Scotland’s young hill runners distinguished themselves with victory overall in the Junior Home International a couple of months ago in Ireland.

Issues over the results and a hasty departure for travel connections unfortunately ensured some athletes missed out on medals that day. And, after a re-count, it emerged Scotland had won the U17 Women’s race thanks to the efforts of Helen Chong, Ellie Hinks and Beth Hobbs and also, thus, the overall trophy!

We were happy that some of those involved were at Cumbernauld for the Lindsays National XC Relays and received their medals – and the City of Edinburgh Cup – from Malcolm Patterson.

Original event report (by Bill Breckenridge) in online


Tags: hill running, Junior Home International, Lasswade AAC, Magus Tait, National Academy, Robbie Simpson, Run Balmoral, Sarah Tait

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