Test yourself in the BRG Challenge

BRG Challenge last year saw plenty of runners, cyclists and walkers
BRG Challenge last year saw plenty of runners, cyclists and walkers

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 Buchan coastal route.

The course begins at the Beach Café in Fraserburgh on Saturday, August 20.

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 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 about 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 four hours. The fastest runners reach the finish line in approximately two 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 (and the jelly babies!) at the event may take a bit longer – typically under six hours for walkers, 4 hours for runners and three hours for cyclists.

This is the fifth year fo the annual event and record numbers are expected thanks to the huge number of JogScotland members in the area. This year’s event offers teams of four runners a relay option where the first runner covers six miles from Fraserburgh Beach to Rosehearty Square. The second runner then covers four miles to the junction near New Aberdour while the third runner finishes at Mill Shore – a further four miles.

Finally, the fourth runner completes the course some 3.5 miles on 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 Michael Watt has been contacting individuals who are willing to help marshal this year’s event.

He said: “We need about 40 helpers on the day and over the past four years we have been very lucky in terms of our support from local communities who hand out refreshments along the route.

“We are delighted that many of those who have helped in the past have agreed to help again this year. I know how much the competitors appreciate it.”

Anyone else wishing to help make this year’s event a success, should contact Michael on 01346 510444.

Participants of all ages are invited to walk, run or cycle the course (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult). Further details including on line enrolment is available at www.brgchallenge.co.uk.

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, with monies raised this year being shared between FISSH and Macmillan Cancer Support.