Banchory fun run brings in the cash
A fundraising 1.5k fun run undertaken by Hill of Banchory School pupils has raised Â£2300.
More than 160 runners took part in the recent event with proceeds going to the school and the new sports village project.
The fundraiser was billed as a way of celebrating youth sport and doing something with a fun element for the local area.
One of the organisers, mother-of-two Fiona Melville, said: “Overall, the fun run was a great success and thankfully the sun was shining so we managed to get over 160 runners taking part.
“The total raised was £2300 with £1000 for the PTA and £800 for the sports village, and the rest will go towards the fun run next year, as we hope this will be a great annual event as part of the school fun day.
“A lot of parents have commented on how much their children enjoyed the first ever Hill of Banchory School Fun Run and were all very positive towards having it again next year.”
All the youngsters were given a goodie bag donated by both Tesco and Morrisons in Banchory.
They also received a t-shirt and medal.
The organisers have thanked the sponsors of the event - The Deesidedly Tasty Company, Sublime Pilates, Deeside Physiotherapy and Sports Injuries Clinic, Safety Grip Solutions Ltd, Raeburn Christie, Clark and Wallace and Atholl Countrywear. and Run 4 It for donating their race arch.
They also expressed their appreciation to local businesses for donating prizes for the raffle.
Local Olympic snow boarder Ben Kilner was unable to be present to get the event under way but last week attended a school assembly.
He spoke to pupils about his snowboarding career and how it all started, and those who took part in the fun run were photographed with him and their medals.
The fun run contribution is among the latest donations to the sports village fund, which is closing in on its target of £700,000 towards the long-awaited project.