RunBalmoral adds new event

RunBalmoral has added a new event to this year’s line-up in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The annual running festival is set to take place over the weekend of April 28 and 29, with many of the traditional events now at capacity.

However there are still spaces available on the newly launched Diamond Jubilee Mile, which will take place on Sunday, April 29 and is open to all ages and abilities.

Competitors will receive a medal and commemorative Diamond Jubilee mug for taking part in the charity event, with £4 from every £5 entry fee going towards Gastrocan, the Grampian Gastro-oesophageal Cancer Research Fund.

The charity was chosen as the beneficiary of the race in memory of Pauline Bell, a keen runner who took part in RunBalmoral 2011 despite suffering from terminal cancer.

Pauline’s husband, Jamie, said: “Pauline was a true inspiration to us all during her short illness. While we will always miss her, we also remember her determination, fighting qualities and sense of achievement shining through when she ran in last year’s Balmoral 5k race.

“I am grateful to RunBalmoral for marking Pauline’s memory by choosing Gastrocan as its nominated charity for this year’s event.”

Members of Mr Bell’s family, along with pupils and parents from Crombie Primary School and other supporters of Gastrocan, are also participating in some of the other races at RunBalmoral.

Jamie will run in the 10k, with daughters Kirstin and Lauren running in the MPH 2.5k and 1.5k.

Dr Russell Petty, consultant oncologist at NHS Grampian/University of Aberdeen and founder of Gastrocan, said: “We are very grateful for the support from RunBalmoral, TAQA and Jamie and his family.

“Gastrocan provides vital support for our expanding research programme in NHS Grampian and the University of Aberdeen and means that patients in the region are able to benefit by taking part in clinical research, for example in trials of the latest breakthrough drugs for the disease.”

Chris Dunridge, human resources manager at TAQA, is delighted the oil company is sponsoring the Diamond Jubilee Mile.

She said: “Supporting charities in our local area is very important to TAQA and the Diamond Jubilee Mile provides participants with a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the beautiful scenery at Balmoral while raising funds for Gastrocan. It’s set to be a brilliant race - we’ll have a big team from TAQA taking part and we hope lots of others will take part too.”

The chair of RunBalmoral, James Knowles, added: “Over the years participants in RunBalmoral have raised thousands of pounds for a range of charities and I am delighted that we are able to commemorate the life of a keen runner like Pauline Bell by joining with TAQA to support a charity so close to her family’s heart.”

To enter the Diamond Jubilee Mile, please go to, and for more information about Gastrocan, visit