Banchory’s defending champion Robbie Simpson helped unveil international oil company Aker Solutions as this year’s sponsors of the Crathes Half Marathon.
The company, which has its UK headquarters in Aberdeen, has signed up with event organisers the National Trust for Scotland to sponsor the 13-mile race for the next three years. It was also confirmed that a £500 cash prize will be offered to race winners this year.
Aker Solutions’ managing director of the subsea business in the UK, Matt Corbin, and David Mackinnon, corporate relationships manager for the trust were joined by Simpson, to launch the new partnership.
The second Crathes Half Marathon takes place on Saturday 15 September at 12 noon.
Starting at Crathes Castle, the route will take runners out onto country roads to the north and east of the estate grounds.
The mid-way point is almost at another local National Trust for Scotland property – Drum Castle – before the route turns back towards Crathes once more.
Robbie Simpson, who is a Scottish fell runner and National Trust for Scotland volunteer completed the course in a time of 1 hour 11mins.
Entry costs £25 per person. To register and for more information visit: www.nts.org.uk/Crathes_Half_Marathon