Natasha Phillips set a new Course Record at Glasgow Green (photo by Bobby Gavin)
Dates for next year’s Babcock 10K Series have been released and entries are now open.
Runners entering by 31 December this year will benefit from an ‘Early Bird Christmas Offer’, which provides a £5 discount on Series entries.
The Babcock 10K Series dates for 2024 are:
- Sunday 12 May, 10.00am: Babcock Shettleston 10K
- Thursday 23 May, 7.30pm: Babcock Dumbarton 10K
- Thursday 30 May, 7.30pm: Babcock Helensburgh 10K
Babcock 10k Series Chairman, Kevin Johnson, was delighted at this year’s series, which produced a course and series record for Dundee Hawkhill’s talented teenager, Natasha Phillips, when she stopped the clock in 32:57 at the Shettleston event (and Scottish 10k Champs for 2023).
Gateshead’s Calum Johnson also set new figures for Shettleston in taking the men’s course record down to 29: 45 for the first sub-30 minute clocking on Glasgow Green.
Kenny Douglas, Managing Director of Babcock at HMNB Clyde, highlighted that the Babcock 10K Series motivated employees, business partners and the local community to take to the streets and run – whether it was for personal fitness, recreation or more serious competition.
Babcock have been involved in the 10K Series since 2017 when they took over from Polaroid, who had sponsored the series since 1983.
Photo via Run Balmoral
By Fraser Clyne
Run Balmoral is preparing to celebrate its 25th anniversary next April when close to 5000 people of all ages are expected to take part in an exciting series of races held over two days.
The event is held in the beautiful surroundings of the Balmoral Estate with the famous Castle providing a spectacular backdrop. All races are held on traffic-free roads and trails, offering stunning views of the Deeside countryside and the Cairngorm mountains.
Run Balmoral Chair James Knowles is busy working behind the scenes with the small management team which pulls it all together.
‘Organising Run Balmoral is a 12-month operation,’ he said.
‘As soon as one event is finished, we are getting ready for the next one. In fact, although the 2024 races are obviously our priority at the moment, we are also exploring some interesting new ideas for 2025.
‘There are a huge number of tasks to be seen to, whether its liaising with our sponsors and charities, maintaining our online entry system, updating our website and social media platforms; designing and ordering medals and T-shirts; sourcing portaloos, marquees, generators and race timing suppliers; or arranging medical support, recruiting marshals and providing catering. And that’s not the end of it.
‘It’s a major operation and I’m grateful to everyone who contributes to making this such a special and successful occasion. It’s a fantastic community effort with the event being supported by hundreds of volunteers.’
Run Balmoral was first held in 1998 with only the Covid pandemic causing an interruption.
The event takes place over the weekend of 27-28 April 2024 and entries can be made now at www.runbalmoral.com