Sports event marks Jubilee

RunBalmoral has added a new event to its running festival in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Taking place on Sunday, April 29, The Diamond Jubilee Mile, sponsored by oil company TAQA, is open to all ages and abilities and competitors will receive a medal and commemorative Diamond Jubilee mug for taking part.

Gastrocan, the Grampian Gastro-oesophageal Cancer Research Fund, will receive £4 from every £5 entry fee. Gastrocan was chosen as the beneficiary of this race in memory of Pauline Bell, a keen runner who took part in RunBalmoral 2011 despite suffering from terminal cancer. Her husband Jamie is very pleased the charity which helped her in her illness is to benefit from the proceeds.

Jamie, of Westhill, said: “Pauline was a true inspiration to us all during her short illness. While we will always miss her, we also remember her determination, fighting qualities and sense of achievement shining through when she ran in last year’s Balmoral 5k race.

“I am grateful to RunBalmoral for marking Pauline’s memory by choosing GASTROCAN as its nominated charity for this year’s event.

“Pauline received the best care possible from Dr Russell Petty and his team at ARI, but much more research is needed to combat the disease. Through our support, and that of many others, to GASTROCAN, we can hopefully raise the profile of this devastating illness and enhance Dr Petty’s research programme here in the North East.”

Members of Mr Bell’s family along with pupils and parents connected to Crombie Primary School, Westhill, and other supporters of Gastrocan are also running in some of the other races taking place at RunBalmoral 12. Jamie will run in the 10k and daughters Kirstin and Lauren will run in the MPH 2.5 and 1.5K.

To enter the TAQA Diamond Jubilee Mile visit