Volunteers needed to save Glenrothes Running Festival

Ben Hukins, winner of last year's festival. Pic: FPA
Ben Hukins, winner of last year's festival. Pic: FPA

The organisers of this year’s Glenrothes Road Running Festival have raised concerns that this year’s event may have to be cancelled unless more volunteers come forward.

The event is scheduled to take place on Sunday, June 21 but, at the moment, doesn’t have the required number of stewards needed to allow the race to go ahead.

“Every year, our stewards play a vital part in the success of our event, lining the route, offering guidance and assistance to both participants and spectators, and helping to make sure everything also runs smoothly around the core of the event at the town’s Michael Woods Sports and Leisure Centre,” said John Vaughan, chairman of one of the festival’s principal sponsors, Fife Olympiad.

“We will all remember the part played by the volunteers at the recent Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games, but, while we might not be on so grand a scale, helpers are just as important to us.

“The worst case scenario is that, if sufficient volunteers do not come forward, the festival might have to be cancelled. But we are hopeful this will never need to be the case if we can reach and pass the minimum required numbers in time.

“There are still a few weeks to go until race day but the more people we can have lined up before then, the happier we will be.

“All we ask is that anyone interested contacts us via the event’s e-mail – rr.festival@fife.gov.uk – in the first instance and we will get back to them as quickly as possible.”

The 2015 Road Running Festival will kick off on June 21 with a 2k Fun Run (entry £2 on the day) at 9.45 a.m. with entrants able to walk, jog or run the distance.

This will be followed by the traditional Junior Track Jog for pre-school children, starting at 10.15 a.m., with the 300 metre run round the Sports Centre track costing entrants just £1 on the day.

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 be £10 in advance or £13 on the day and the late entries desk will close at 10.00 a.m.

This year’s 4k Fun Run, starting at 10.50 a.m., will again be open to runners of all ages and cost £3 to enter on the day.

Family entertainment and attractions will be in place from 9.30 a.m.

Entry forms for the Festival are available by writing (on receipt of a stamped-addressed envelope) to the Michael Woods Sports and Leisure Centre 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 organisers online via Fife Leisure (search for Glenrothes Road Running Festival), or by e-mailing rr.festival@fife.gov.uk

Entries for the event’s 10k Road Race can also be made online at Entry Central