BRG Challenge attracts record numbers
More runners, cyclists and walkers than ever took part in this year's BRG Challenge.
The 4th Annual BRG Challenge was held on Saturday, 21st August, when almost 140 walkers, runners and cyclists covered 17.5 miles of the north east coastline from Fraserburgh to Gardenstown, raising money for local charities en-route.
Generous sponsorship by local housebuilder Colaren Properties made the event possible along with help from other local businesses including Maitlands and Michael Watt Financial Services.
With the warm weather, participants were able to enjoy spectacular scenery and were very grateful for the wealth of refreshments including water, fruit juice, oranges, bananas and jelly babies provided by Lidl of Fraserburgh. Local firm, Lovie Construction, provided additional water supplies to competitors along the way to help them combat the tiring conditions.
The strong head winds made it harder for competitors this year with times generally impacted as a result. Despite the windy conditions, walkers and runners recorded record times with Anne-May Adams taking almost 7 minutes off last year's fastest walking time and Alan Reid from Banff, the first runner home in a record time of 1 hour 53 mins. Fastest cyclist home this year was Stuart Pirie from Fraserburgh in a time of 1 hour 10 minutes.
Record numbers participated in the event with 51 walkers, 36 runners and 51 cyclists. This year the 1st Fraserburgh Scouts took part in the event and recorded a very respectable time. Scout Leader Jim Kirkwood said: "We all really enjoyed the event and the guys did really well completing the walk in just over four and a half hours. It will be great preparation for them walking the West Highland Way next year."
Almost 40 volunteers turned out to support the event helping to marshal busy road junctions or handing out refreshments along the route.
Event organiser John Maitland paid tribute to the efforts of the local communities who supported the challenge.
"This year's event went really well. The committee were absolutely delighted with the support we received from all those who helped out including our main sponsor Colaren Properties, marshals, timekeepers, those who provided refreshments and the many spectators who encouraged participants along the route.
We have received so much positive feedback from participants regarding the organisation of the event and the hospitality of the local communities in the villages that the event passed through."
Winner of the female running event for the third year running, Gillian Cardno Strachan said: "The BRG event is brilliantly organized and marshalled.
The route is always tough and challenging and this year was especially hard due to the strength of the wind in our faces. Although my time was slower this year, I was absolutely delighted to win. I'm sure that everybody would have found it tougher this year but it didn't spoil the day. I look forward to competing again next year!"
Worthy of a mention this year was the BRG's oldest competitor - John Littlewood, aged 71 from Bilston, Edinburgh who cycled the route in just over one and a half hours! By contrast, 9 year old Max Abernethy was the youngest competitor to complete the route, taking 2 hours and 50 minutes to cycle to Gamrie.
Females: 1st Anne-May Adams (Inverallochy) 3:42:52; 2nd Heather Hayter (Old Deer) 3:44:45; 3rd equal Gillian McDonald (Fraserburgh) and Julie Strachan (Fraserburgh) 4:02:18.
Males: 1st equal David Abernethy (Rosehearty) and Johnny Beedie (Rosehearty) 3:51:51; 3rd Kevin Mutch (Strichen) 4:04:01. RUNNERS
Females: 1st Gillian Cardno-Strachan (Inverallochy) 2:20:27; 2nd Stephanie Evans (Aberdeen) 2:31:40; 3rd Katherine Mitchell (Fraserburgh) 2:50:12.Males: 1st Alan Reid (Banff) 1:53:48; 2nd Darren Strachan (Peterhead)1:57:34; 3rd Mark Caldwell (Strichen) 2:08:57.
Females: 1st Mary-Rose Cross (New Aberdour) 1:11:00; 2nd Sylvia Stephen (Elrick) 1:46:38; 3rd equal Audrey Jones (New Aberdour) and Kerri Robertson (Aberdeen) 2:05:15.
Males: 1st Stuart Pirie (Fraserburgh) 1:10:00; 2nd Jonathan Webster (Fraserburgh) 1:10:02; 3rd Barry Ingram (Balmedie) 1:11:52.