21 May 2015
Ballindalloch Castle’s Laird makes a dash for Macmillan
Macmillan’s Speyside Fundraising Committee’s first ever Fun to Run event was held against the stunning backdrop of Ballindaollch Castle on 10 May.
We were delighted that 140 participants - of all ages - came on a very blustery, and at times damp, day to either run or walk around the beautiful grounds, followed by up to 400 local scouts who joined the event having walked in from Aberlour.
After a really muscle loosening and fun warm-up led by Doug of Ally Saville, the first runners of the day were piped to the start by local piper Stuart Marr. With the bang of a Macmillan balloon the 800 metres entrants were off at the speed of light and seemed to return to the finishing tape in an amazing time.
The 1.5K was next and the participants arrived at the starting posts warmed-up and ready to run - which they did with great alacrity emerging from the path from the walled garden with faces of joy and achievement. The 2.5 K which led the runners down the River Walk on the banks of the Avon to the Spey and then back to the Castle, was a chance to enjoy the beautiful tranquillity of these famous rivers and their banks.
The final run, of 5K, which had a many groups of parents enjoying running with their children, as well as whole extended families walking together in memory of their loved ones, started with the first 2K around the Coo Haugh in front of the Castle. After the Spey was reached and a little detour made around a field it was time to turn for home, the last stretch for some was tough but the rousing sound of pipes supported them through to the finishing tape.
Run participants received a well earned medal and a goody bag and were able to lie in the sun, which did emerge from time to time to recover from their endeavours.
The final race of the day appeared to be the 'putting back on the calories' open event, judging by the speed at which the burgers, hot dogs, cakes, meringues and shortbread were consumed!
The Macmillan Speyside Committee are hugely grateful to The Ballindalloch Trust, Walkers Shortbread and everyone who helped them deliver the event and to the many who got involved and joined in the fun.