Setting the scene for half marathon renewal

THE White Caterthun Half-Marathon will be taking place once again on March 12 to raise money for Guide Dogs for the Blind (writes Chester Cornford).

This will be the third year of the run which has been helping to raise money for local good causes.

Brechin man Brian McLaughlin, the organiser of the run, hopes the race will raise in excess of £2000, which was raised last year.

The race attracts a fair crowd, eager to help raise money for charity.

He said that the race will attract a ‘wide variety of ages’.

“We get all ages from seven years onwards and the oldest guy we had last year was in his late sixties. The run will start at Brechin High School and goes into the Angus countryside.

“Halfway through the 13.1 mile race the course takes you off road and climbs directly over the White Caterthun, the Old Roman Fort, before descending back down into the farmlands and finally back to the high school, where there will be a warm welcome and finishers medal for all.

“There is also a 5k fun run which will also go from the high school and round the business park and back in again.

“Once again this is a race that attracts a real cross section of ages and we look forward to having as many people as possible coming forward to take part.

“Having made around £1500 and then subsequently £2000 last year for the Guide Dogs charity, we would love to be in a position to increase that amount yet again.

“Obviously we can only do that if we get the support of people from throughout the area.”

Registration for the race will take place between 9 am and 10.30 am, and the races will begin at 11 am and 11.15 am.

You must be of 17 years of age to enter the half-marathon and under-tens must be accompanied by a family member on the fun run.

Entry fees for the half-marathon are £12 and for the fun run the fee is £5 per adult and £2 per child.

The money will also help Brian McLaughlin raise money for the London Marathon which he will be running for the Guide Dogs.

You can register for the run on the website

You can also download sponsor forms from the site, which has all the information you need for the race which will be taking place on March 12 at the high school.

Entry for the race costs £10 for Scottish Athletics members and £12 for non members.

In addition to the entry fee each runner will be asked to download a Guide Dogs sponsor form and collect a minimum of £50 for the Guide dogs Charity.

This payment can be made on-line through Just Giving or by cheque on the day of the race.

Each entrant will also be asked to download the Guide Dog Sponsor form and collect a minimum of £10.

For full information about the day’s events visit the White Caterthun Race web page and to register for the event please visit the Born2Run web page.

It costs just under £50,000 to support a Guide Dog partnership from the birth of the pup to its retirement aged about ten. Guide Dogs doesn’t receive any Government funding for this service so without the generosity of public donations wouldn’t be able to support the 4,500 Guide Dog partnerships in the UK.

Guide Dogs promises to supply every guide dog owner with a dog for as long as they need one. Some people may need six or seven dogs in their lifetime.