Organisers of the 2012 Glenrothes Road Running Festival have brought forward the annual highlight of Fife’s sporting calendar by two weeks this year, hoping that the revised date will attract even more entries than ever before.
This year’s competition will take place on Sunday, June 10 with enquiries and entries already coming in at an encouraging rate.
And once again the cost of entering the events aimed specifically at the younger entrants has been pegged to encourage additional children and teenagers to take part.
“To many the annual Glenrothes Road Running Festival is about bettering their best, or simply just making sure they finish,” said Ed Wallace, chairman of Fife Olympiad and a director of Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, both of which are among the sponsors of this year’s event. He added: “But hundreds of others will also be taking part hoping to raise money for a variety of charities and organisations.
“So with all these things in mind, to make sure there is something for everyone, we have sculpted and fine-tuned the whole day’s programme to accommodate participants of literally all ages and abilities, and we will be delighted if young and old alike decide to take advantage of what we have available, whether it be as part of their personal fitness regime or as a way of collecting sponsorship for a worthwhile cause.
“In short, no matter why they want to take part, each and every one of them is very welcome and we wish them all every success.”
The 2012 Road Running Festival programme will kick off on June 10 with a 2k Fun Run (entry £2) at 9.45 am with entrants welcome to walk, jog or run the distance. This will be followed by the traditional Junior Track Jog for pre-school children. This will start at 10.15 am and the 300 metre run round the Sports Institute track will cost entrants just £1 on the day.
The 10k Road Race will start at 10.30 am 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 am.
This year’s 4k Fun Run, starting at 10.50 am, will again be open to runners of all ages and will cost £3 to enter on the day.
The ever-popular Biathlons are confidently expected to attract more entries this year. The Junior Biathlon (a 200m swim and 4k run for 10-12 year-olds) will cost £8. The event for 13-15 year-olds - a 400m swim and 4k run - will cost £10. For Seniors (aged 16 and over) the event will feature an 800m swim and 10k run. It will cost £12. For administration purposes, closing date for all Biathlon entries will be Wednesday, June 6.
As well as Fife Olympiad and Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, other sponsors of the event this year are Lomond Homes, Fife Council, Fife Constabulary, Active Fife, Star Struck and onlineprint company.
Entry forms for the Festival are available by writing (on receipt of a stamped-addressed envelope) to the Fife Sports Institute in Viewfield Road, Glenrothes KY6 2RB (telephone 01592 583305).
Alternatively anyone wanting to download an entry form or get more information can also contact the Festival organizers online via www.fifeleisure.org.uk (search for Glenrothes Road Running Festival), or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
n Entries for the event’s 10k Road Race can also be made online at www.entrycentral.com