1,100 runners & walkers take part in Illuminator

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More than 1,100 participants switched on their head torches to light their way round the notoriously demanding Illuminator course last Saturday.

A hilly 15-mile course took the participants on trails through beautiful ancient forest and barren moorland at Glen Tanar Estate, Royal Deeside.

The event attracted participants to Aboyne from all over the UK, keen to experience Scotland’s toughest night trail half marathon. Participants were expected to illuminate their progress and carry enough equipment to be self-supporting. With 600 meters of ascent, exposed moorland and rough forest trails, the event offered significant challenge and adventure.

The Illuminator provided additional inspiration to tired runners at the halfway point and at the finish line with spectacular multi-coloured light displays.

Organiser Jono Buckland from Firetrail events said: “After running or walking for hours with just the glow of your head torch to light your way you suddenly arrive at this spectacular light zone, where ancient Scots pines, a river and an old Victorian bridge are illuminated with a full spectrum of colours.

“It’s a real buzz and a much-needed mental boost before taking on the second half of the course.”

The Braemar Mountain Rescue Team supported the event with a strong presence of trained volunteers and impressive vehicles.

They are the Illuminator’s nominated charity partner and used the event both as training and fundraising opportunity.

It is expected that the event will raise over £10,000 to help maintain their vital emergency equipment.

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