Racing in Rattray raised £5,000
With over 300 participants ranging from walkers to regular runners, the half marathon raised £5,000 for Cornhill Macmillan Support Group, Dundee Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.
Coming in first with a brilliant time of one hour 20 minutes was 46-year-old Roger Clark of the PH Racing Club. Perth Road Runners Michael McConnell and Stuart Robertson took second and third place with 18 seconds between them.
The first female to cross the line was 26-year-old Michelle Mackay of Dundee Road Runners in just under an hour and a half. 36-year-old Anne Hartmann from PH racing club was just over a minute behind her securing second place and Kinross Road Runner, Jillian Gordon was the third female across the finishing line.
Organiser, Peter Ritchie has lived in Rattray over 20 years and as an avid runner himself, he is planning on running a marathon in Antarctica in November bringing him one step closer to completing a marathon on each continent. He said:
“The turn out of runners and supporters on the day has been phenomenal – we completely smashed our £3,000 target by raising £5,000.
“I wanted to introduce a half marathon to Rattray to bring the community together and give back to local charities. We’ve been really fortunate to have had such support from businesses in the area. Prime sponsors, Springfield Properties are building in the area and were really keen to be involved.
“It’s great that they were willing to supply t-shirts and medals for all participants in the half marathon fundraiser.”
Former Councillor Bob Ellis opened the marathon and later went on to present the winners’ awards. He said:
“Peter has mapped out a tough course. The first four miles were the same as the course from 25 years ago which at one point was classed as the toughest in Scotland. It is a lot of work organising an event to this scale, but Peter has pulled it off and brought a great community event back to Rattray."
Sales Executive, Kirsty Beedie works at the Kinloch Gardens development in Rattray and said:
“Events and fundraisers like this are so important in a thriving community and it’s great Springfield have been involved. I live in the Springfield Kinloch gardens development in Rattray myself and there has been such a buzz in the town. I know a few people that ran too and I’ve heard quite a few people talking about it when I’ve been out and about.
“Peter has done such a fantastic job of organising this and bringing the half marathon back to Rattray after so long! He’s managed to raise £5,000 for charity while bringing the community together."