MACBI fun run heads to Aden

FOLLOWING the massive success of the first two MACBI fun runs, Aden Country Park, Mintlaw, is again to play hose for the third event on Sunday, March 17, at 1pm.

Registration for the event will take place between noon and 12.45pm, with the fun run itself starting at 1pm.

The event is aimed at providing a fun day out in Aden Park, and to help raise awareness and support of the MACBI (Mintlaw and Central Buchan Initiative) community and sports centre project, which after recent Aberdeenshire Council financial support, is one stage closer to the creation of a state-of-the-art community and sports centre in the heart of Buchan.

Plans for the community facility include a sports hall, meeting room, soft play facility and fitness studio, which would address gaps in the current provision of community and sporting facilities in the Central Buchan area.

The MACBI fun run event raised £600 last year and Councillor Norman Smith, who is heavily involved with the project, said: “The fun run event has proven to be a real success story.

“Not only has it encouraged more than 160 local people each year to get or stay fit, but it has also brought the local community together to have fun and raise awareness and money towards the creation of what will be a great local facility for Mintlaw and the surrounding area.”

Four runs will take place this year. A 1k for children under eight; a 3k for children aged from nine to 16 and adults (16 and over), a 5k for adults and the more adventurous 10k for adults.

Entry is free for children under 16, with a £5 charge for adults. Medals will be awarded to all finishers and proceeds will go to the MACBI Community Centre Project.

All runners should gather in the courtyard area of Aden Park. Registration forms can be downloaded at and should be completed and handed in on the day.

The fun run event has also been planned to tie-in with the Buchan Feeling Good Festival, which takes place from March 8 to 17, aimed at helping to promote health and wellbeing.