BRG Challenge getting ever closer

BRG: Will you be picking up a prize at this year's BRG Challenge?
BRG: Will you be picking up a prize at this year's BRG Challenge?

Entries for this year’s BRG Challenge continue to arrive from walkers, runners and cyclists keen to test themselves on the 17.5 mile popular coastal route.

The course begins at the Beach Cafe in Fraserburgh on Saturday, August 25.

Walkers will leave the beach at 10am following the scenic route along past the harbour, towards the lighthouse and on through Broadsea before heading out through Sandhaven and Rosehearty. The coastal route then meanders on past New Aberdour and Pennan before arriving at the finishing line at Gardenstown’s Harbour, where a selection of refreshments are on offer.

Runners leave the beach two hours later at 12 noon, following the same route, with cyclists following at 1pm. The quickest entrants in each group will arrive in Gardenstown at approximately 2pm.

There are prizes for the fastest male and female in each section and all competitors will receive a medal and a t-shirt.

The fastest walkers typically complete the event in around 4 hours. The fastest runners reach the finish line in approximately 2 hours, while cyclists can complete the course in under an hour in the right weather conditions.

Those wishing to enjoy the scenery and soak up the atmosphere at the event may take a bit longer – typically up to 5½ hours for walkers, 3½ hours for runners and 2½ hours for cyclists.

This year is the sixth time the event has been run and record numbers are expected thanks to the huge number of JogScotland members in the area.

This year’s event also offers teams of up to 4 runners a relay option where the first runner covers 6 miles from Fraserburgh Beach to Rosehearty Square before the second runner then covers 4 miles to the junction near New Aberdour. The third runner finishes at Mill Shore – a further 4 miles, and the final runner completes the course approx 3.5 miles later at Gardenstown Harbour. Teams wishing to enter are encouraged to contact Fraserburgh JogScotland but can also enter on line via the BRG website.

Event organiser Councillor Michael Watt has been contacting individuals who are willing to help marshal this year’s event. Anyone else wishing to help make this year’s event a success, should contact Councillor Watt on 01346 510444.

Colaren Properties are again the main sponsor of this year’s event with owner Colin Smith training hard for the cycling event. She said: “I am pleased to be sponsoring the BRG event for the second year running and very much looking forward to taking part in the cycling event. The route has a few hills but fortunately there are as many down as up so at least there is a chance to rest every now and then!”.

Lidl are once again providing refreshments en route and at the finish line so that participants can fuel up along the way with water, fruit and the now traditional Jelly Babies.

Participants of all ages are invited to walk, run or cycle the course (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult).

Further details, including online enrolment is available at www.brgchallenge.co.uk.

Those wishing to enter are being encouraged to do so in the next two weeks to ensure they receive the right size of t-shirt on the day. Those wishing to pick up paper entry forms can do so from Michael Watt at 119 Shore Street, Fraserburgh, AB43 9BR.

Entry is £15 in advance or £20 on the day. Money raised this year is being shared amongst several local charities.