Athletes young and old will be pounding the streets of Glenrothes later this month as part of the annual Glenrothes Road Race Festival.
While the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the World Cup in Brazil might already be dominating the sporting news, the organizers of this year’s Festival are hoping that their event on Sunday, June 22, will still produce a few headlines of its own.
“The volume of entries for this year is already proving to be exciting,” John Vaughan, organising committee chairman told the Gazette.
“ I honestly believe that we could be looking at a record number of all ages and abilities in what is the Festival’s 32nd year.”
Organisers are now hopeful that the big national sporting events about to proceeed will see a last minute surge in people wanting to take part in the festival.
It’s all a far cry from last year when the whole future of the race was uncertain because of a lack of volunteers to help steward the event .
“There’s no such problems this time around as we have been offered support from a host of local organisations,” explained Aileen Penny, one of the event’s organisers.
“We would still appreciate more people coming forward but thanks to the number of volunteers already in place at least there is no danger of the race not going ahead.”
Centred around the Michael Woods Sports Centre this year’s programme will kick off with a 2k fun run followed by a traditional junior track jog for pre-school children. A full youth and adult programme will follow.
A road race festival with something for everyone
Those wanting to take part in the event can download an entry form or get more information online via www.fifeleisure.org.uk (search for Glenrothes Road Running Festival), or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
Entries for the event’s 10k Road Race can also be made online at www.entrycentral.com.
The 10k road race will start at 10.30 a.m. and is open to everyone aged 15 and over. Entry will be £12 in advance or £15 on the day.
Scottish Athletics members will pay £10 in advance or £13 on the day and the late entries desk will close at 10.00 a.m.
The 2k fun run will start at 9.45 a.m. and entry costs £2 per runner.