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10k organisers expect a rush to sign up

By SPP Reporter

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The route of next year’s Mey 10k.
The route of next year’s Mey 10k.

SOME 500 runners are expected at next year’s Castle of Mey 10k on Sunday, May 13, although a higher total entry will be taken to allow for drop-outs due to injury or illness.

The increase in runners follows on from the success of the past three years during which time the event has grown in popularity.

Race organisers the North Highland Harriers expect a rush of names when the online site starts accepting entries on January 9, with last year’s event filling up in an amazing 72 hours.

Entries can be made at http://www.born2run.co.uk/Pages/Events.aspx

North Highland Harrier members are this year being given the opportunity to enter the event as part of their annual membership through Entry Central at http://www.entrycentral.com from December 5 until 31. After that they will require to enter along with non-members in the hope to gaining a place in what is the club’s premier event of the year.

For next year’s event, the race organisers are looking for new featured runners – novice runners who are keen to take up the challenge to complete the event and can provide regular training updates for the website and local press, which will hopefully act as an encouragement to other runners.

Interested individuals should contact the race organisers by e-mailing mey10k@hotmail.co.uk

The featured runners will have the full support of the race organisers to help them with a tailored programme and training support as they make their way towards the event. Previous featured runners have continued to make running part of their lives which race organisers believe is the real appeal of the event for many.

This year will see a change to the previous course. It will take the runners through the village of Scarfskerry on what will be an extremely flat fast course.

There will also be the 3k fun run which last year attracted approximately 60 junior runners and it is hoped to build on this with the increased involvement of the local schools.

In preparation for last year’s event, North Highland Harriers also started a beginners’ group which will commence again in the new year.

All interested runners or those wishing to start running should watch the NHH website for further details of the group which will meet for the first time on January 9 at 6pm at the Blue Door café, Thurso Caravan Site.

The runners, who are expected to be a mixture of complete beginners and those wishing further support to pursue their sport, will be provided with training programmes and mentoring from four of the club’s senior members.

This year’s nominated charity will be Moray Firth Radio Cash for Kids which is involved in supporting a number of local projects. Sponsorship forms and further information will be available from the Castle of Mey web page.

The planning has already started for the event in May and will continue to gain momentum as the race nears. On the day there will be somewhere in the region of 50 volunteers present to make it a success for all. Anyone wishing to get involved in a volunteering capacity can make contact via the Castle of Mey e-mail.

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