No stick-in-the-muds as over 700 sign up for Glack Attack obstacle race

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Glack Attack, a north-east mud run that aims to raise funds for local cancer charity Friends of ANCHOR, looks set to sell out.

The event takes place at 
Glack Hill near Dunecht next month, and more than 700 participants have already signed up.

The annual 5km obstacle race, where entrants take on 29 muddy obstacles, is on Saturday, October 27.

For the first time, children aged eight and over are invited to join their parents and take on the full 5km course. A shorter mini run for little ones aged 3-7 will also feature at this year’s event.

Sarah Robertson and her son Aidan, who is 11, have both signed up and last week they trialled some of the purpose-built obstacles.

“Aidan loves obstacle courses and has been desperate to do some sort of mud run, so he is delighted there’s one happening locally that he can take part in,” said Sarah, who lives in Aberdeen.

“He’s quite competitive too so I’m sure he’ll have a great time.

“My youngest, Millar, will be doing the mini run too and is looking forward to it.

“The boys’ grandad passed away four years ago from cancer and Friends of ANCHOR helped him a great deal while he was in the ANCHOR Unit.

“Aidan was really close to his grandad, so he’s eager to raise money for the charity and is looking forward to being involved.”

Joining Sarah and her two sons in the road-test of the muddy route was Abigail and her ten-years-old son Finn Burwood.

“Finn is very excited for the run,” said Abigail.

“He’s pretty active and enjoys his football and being outside, so he’s happy to be able to do the 5km adult course.”

Friends of ANCHOR is a cause close to Abigail as her mother used the charity’s services when she was a patient in the ANCHOR Unit. Abigail has since been an active fundraiser for the charity, climbing Kilimanjaro and taking part in Tough Mudder to raise funds.

“When my mum was going through treatment, Friends of ANCHOR was fundamental in that,” Abigail said.

“The work the charity does is amazing, and we’re very grateful. The run seems like it will be a lot of fun and it’s nice to be doing it as a family affair – my sister is running with me too and my youngest, Hamish, who is nine months, will be there watching.”

The founders of the event are the Ratcliffe family – Marcia and John and their son Stephen – who host the challenge on their family-run farm near Dunecht.

Marcia, who was an associate specialist haematologist for 32 years in the ANCHOR Unit before her retirement in 2015, set up Glack Attack in 2013 and brought Friends of ANCHOR on board as the official affiliated charity in 2015. Since then, nearly £42,000 has been raised for the charity, which exists to support cancer and haematology patients in the north-east, Orkney and Shetland.

Stephen said: “We launched the mini run last year to give youngsters a chance to experience the muddy madness.

“This year we wanted to develop the race further so that those aged eight and over could take part in the full 5km course for the first time.

“We’re looking forward to seeing them tackle the obstacles which we’ve been hard at work building.”

The event will see participants will take on hay bales, nets, mud slides and much more, with The Sheep Dip, The Glack Bog, Spider’s Web, the Not-So-Hot Tub and No-Hope-Rope among some of the 29 obstacles. Around 70 participants have signed up to fundraise for Friends of ANCHOR.

Carly Munro, finance and fundraising coordinator at Friends of ANCHOR, said: “We’re thrilled to have more than 70 runners pulling on their Friends of ANCHOR t-shirts for Glack Attack, and we expect the t-shirts won’t be red by the time they reach the end of the course.

“It’s such a fun way to spend a day and we’re delighted the Ratcliffe family continue to support Friends of ANCHOR.”

A limited number of spaces remain for the Glack Attack 5km and the mini-run for ages 3-7. To register your interest, please email