BRG ‘overwhelming’ success

Triumphant: some of the prize winners from the 5th BRG. picture: submitted
Triumphant: some of the prize winners from the 5th BRG. picture: submitted

The fifth annual BRG has been hailed an overwhelming success, with almost two hundred walkers, runners and cyclists taking to the roads and the hills between Fraserburgh and Gardenstown.

With almost double the number of participants of previous years taking part and near perfect weather conditions, new record times were recorded during the challenging event which was held on Saturday.

Event organiser Michael Watt thanked the many supporters of the event, he said: “This year saw almost twice as many competitors as any of the previous BRG challenges and the support of local businesses and communities has been brilliant.

“Lidl provided refreshments at each of the water stations along the route as well as goody-bags at the end. Buchan Janitorial Supplies provided plastic cups at the water stops and lots of people from all of the communities from Fraserburgh to Gardenstown gave the competitors fantastic support either providing refreshments or just by turning out to cheer them on.

“It really was a brilliant day and everything ran very smoothly.”

First past the post in the walking event was Johnny Beedie who took almost 10 minutes off the previous best time. Johnny was closely pursued by the first female walkers Anne-May Adams and Gillian McDonald. Johnny, who was thrilled at coming first in his third attempt at the BRG said: “It was hard going at times and very hot, but I just kept my head down and went for it. I was determined to improve on last year’s time and was really chuffed when I saw my time at the end. Now I’m going to quit while I’m ahead and marshal at next year’s event” he laughed.

Stuart Mutch was the first male runner home in a time just under 2 hours for the 17.5 mile course, while Elaine Whyte was the first female runner. Jayne Watt and Graeme Clark shared the prize for the first relay team to complete the course.

In the cycling event, 15 year old Joel Robertson beat off a number of experienced cyclists to record a fantastic sub-1 hour time which was only 1 minute outside the event’s record, while Mary-Rose Cross was the first female cyclist home for the second year running with a new personal-best. Mary-Rose’s win was all the more impressive as she didn’t hang around for the prize giving, but instead dashed off up country to take part in the Banff Bay swim!

Prizes were awarded to the winners of the event by Karen Smith, wife of Colin, who’s company Colaren properties were the main sponsor of the event. Unfortunately due to mechanical failure, Colin was unable to complete the cycling challenge, but he was quick to congratulate the successful competitors: “This is a really tough course and seeing the effort that everyone puts into the BRG is really brilliant. I know that a lot of money has been raised for Macmillan Cancer Support and FISSH, and Colaren Properties is delighted to have sponsored such a fantastic event.”

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