Fraserburgh challenge accepted by sellout crowd

Competitiors from the the BRG Challenge 2015 (PICTURE: BILLY WATSON)
Competitiors from the the BRG Challenge 2015 (PICTURE: BILLY WATSON)

Five Hundred walkers, cyclists and runners will take part in a Fraserburgh challenge this year along the Fraserburgh coast.

The sellout BRG Challenge will leave from Fraserburgh’s Beach Cafe on August 20 following the scenic route to the finish line in Gardenstown.

Colin Smith, of Colaren Properties, Event organiser and main sponsor of the challenge is delighted with the demand for places again this year - which is the biggest yet.

He said: “It is great to see the event selling out this year.

“It has grown every year since Michael Watt came up with the idea in 2006 and to see 500 walking, running or cycling to Gardenstown this year will be fantastic.

“It is great to see so many people coming to the area and also to take part in an event that does so much to help fitness and wellbeing in the area”.

This year will see groups from the Fraserburgh Scouts and Fraserburgh Academy take part accompanied by staff and group leaders.

Parents of the Academy pupils taking part, will help marshal the event keeping participants safe and fed during the challenge.

Money raised from last year’s and this year’s events will help purchase defibrillators for the local villages that the event passes.

So far, defibrillators have been ordered or bought for New Aberdour, Gardenstown and Pennan and discussions are ongoing with the Sandpiper Trust about the possibility for Rosehearty as well.

Walkers will leave the Beach Cafe at 10 am following the scenic route past the harbour towards the lighthouse and then along the coastal path through Broadsea before heading out through Sandhaven and Rosehearty.

The coastal route then passes New Aberdour and Pennan before arriving at the finishing line at Gardenstown’s Harbour - where ‘Harbucks’ pancakes await the finishers.

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 1:45pm.

Relay running teams will also take part in this year’s challenge.