The Alford 10K Running Festival is turning out to be a real community effort. Building on the museum’s increasing involvement with cycling and cycle sport there is huge interest in distance running and the museum’s facilities are perfect for this new addition to events in Alford. The 10K is part of the museum’s commitment to remaining ‘relevant and topical’, watchwords for the popular Donside facility, in response to the growing interest in health and fitness. Running and walking are of course the very earliest mode of transport (!) and there is further historical relevance as Alford organised its own marathon many years ago.
The event is supported by the Alford Running Club, Metro Aberdeen and a long list of local business concerns who have helped to cover costs. Almost everything is sponsored and the sponsors and their guests will enjoy top notch hospitality in a special enclosure in a large marquee.
For the inaugural event a fairly modest target of 300 runners was set but this total was met well before the closing date, so if all goes well a bigger start number will be offered in 2020. The winner this year will set the first race record time so there will be a real competition at the front! The course is flat and fast, starting and finishing on the road circuit in the museum arena so 10k PBs are possible. It is fully permitted, chip timed and safety is paramount with brief road closures and traffic control on some road sections.
The inaugural event is supported by the Festivals Fund for museums run by the Scottish museum’s industry lead body, Museums Galleries Scotland who are particularly keen to see museums forming partnerships with local business and community to enhance quality of life in their locations.
The 10K race itself will start at 11am and be led out of the museum’s arena by a 1960s Outspan Orange publicity vehicle! Everything possible thereafter is orange: teashirts, medals, trophies and of course each runner has a large fresh orange included in their ‘goody bag’!
In the morning (10am to 10.30am) before the main event there will be a series of children’s circuit races in three age groups: 5 – 7 years, 8 – 10 years, 11 + 12 years. Distance will be 440 yds (each lap of the GTM circuit is 440yds). Parents interested in entering their children into these fun races can enter at
http://www.gtm.org.uk/10k-childrens-circuit-races-entry There will be winners trophies for all the children’s races for both boys and girls.
The event will also feature great hospitality for runners, marshals and helpers. It is hoped that if successful it will become a popular and keenly anticipated event in the running calendar.