Marathon man Robbie happy to help Business Challenge team

Athlete Robbie Simpson takes time out for a training session with employees from Schlumberger at Aberdeen Sports Village.'Picture Simon Price
Athlete Robbie Simpson takes time out for a training session with employees from Schlumberger at Aberdeen Sports Village.'Picture Simon Price

Commonwealth Games marathon bronze medallist Robbie Simpson took time out from his busy schedule last week to conduct a training session.

Runners from Aberdeen-based oilfield services company Schlumberger are taking part in the Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run, and Robbie flew in from his training base in Switzerland to pass on some tips.

Ahead of Aberdeen’s biggest participation sporting event on Sunday August 26, the Banchory athlete put the team through their paces with drills and guided the runners through a workout at Aberdeen Sports Village, before giving advice and answering questions from the appreciative audience.

Simpson, who hopes to return to the event to defend his title in the half marathon, believes the Business Challenge is a fantastic idea and hopes many more organisations will sign up for the event.

He said: “It’s fantastic that Schlumberger has a good group of runners taking part. Getting involved in the Business Challenge is a great way for businesses to encourage employees to improve their health and fitness.

“Bringing everyone together for an event like this is a fantastic team-building exercise.

“The Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run is a fantastic event and last year the atmosphere was superb with good support around the course and big crowds lining Union Street to cheer everyone on.

“The changes to the half marathon route, to take in Seaton Park, will make it even more attractive.”

The company hopes to field 20-25 runners in the Business Challenge of the Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run. The Business Challenge encourages colleagues to enter teams into the half marathon or 10k distance, giving them the opportunity to lead an active and healthy lifestyle together, settle a local rivalry, or raise money for charity.

Businesses are split into small, medium and large categories and can enter male, female or mixed teams.

There are a number of different prize categories and all businesses that enter 12 or more people into the event will receive an engraved plaque.

Avril Duncan, a sales administrator with the company who is to run in the 10km, said: “It was really good. The running was tough but I enjoyed it and Robbie has certainly spurred me on. Sometimes I lose a bit of motivation but this has inspired me again and now I’ll maybe try to run faster after what he showed us.”

The Schlumberger runners will also be raising funds for Kayleigh’s Wee Stars, a north- east charity which provides support to families with a child suffering from terminal illness.

The Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run races start and finish on Union Street. There is a half marathon, 10km and family run.