BRG entries flood in

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Preparations are almost complete for this weekend’s annual BRG Challenge which takes place on Saturday.

Walkers, runners and cyclists will travel along 17.5 miles of Scotland’s finest coastline between Fraserburgh beach and Gardenstown Harbour.

Record numbers are expected this year with around 150 participants due to turn out raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support and FISSH.

Colaren Properties are the main sponsor of the event for the second year running and owner Colin Smith is looking forward to the challenge.

He told the Herald: “I am delighted to be sponsoring the BRG Challenge again this year and to see it raising money for two very worthwhile causes. I’m looking forward to taking part in the cycling event myself this year and have been getting in a few practice miles over the summer!”

The good news is that anyone who still wishes to take part can enter right up until the last minute.

Anyone wishing to enter on the day should turn up at the Seashore Centre at Fraserburgh Beach on Saturday morning before 9.30am and complete an entry form.

The event is open to everyone but under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Walkers will leave Fraserburgh Beach at 10am. Runners (including relay teams) will follow at 12 noon and cyclists at 1pm. Most competitors will arrive in Gardenstown between 2pm and 3.30pm, where refreshments will be on sale at the harbour cafe.

Public transport is available for anyone returning to Fraserburgh and bikes can be returned to Fraserburgh courtesy of Maitlands who are providing a van on the day.

Competitors will be able to enjoy en-route refreshments courtesy of Lidl. The Local supermarket has supported the BRG Challenge for the past 4 years and participants can look forward to jelly babies as well as fresh fruit and water on the 17.5 mile route.

Store manager Alan Macrae has a vested interest in making sure the water stations are well stocked up, saying: “Lidl were very pleased to be asked to provide refreshments again for this year’s BRG challenge. I intend taking part in the run on Saturday and will be sampling Lidl’s jelly babies along the way to help me make it to the finishing line!”

Applications have come in from runners, walkers and cyclists from as far away as Caithness, Dundee the Western Isles and even London this year.

Event organiser Duncan Abernethy said: “We are expecting a good turn out this weekend and have a fantastic group of volunteers who are kindly giving up there time to marshal the event – handing out refreshments and helping to calm traffic along the route. Their support is what makes the event so successful each year.”

Entry forms are available at Michael Watt at 119 Shore Street, Fraserburgh, or at the event on Saturday next to the Fraserburgh Beach Cafe.

The entry fee is £20 on the day and all monies raised will go to Macmillan Cancer Support and FISSH. Further information is available at

www.brgchallenge.co.uk.