Santa Fun Run and Walk Spectacular - Haddo Country Park,
5 December 2010
Runners and walkers from all over the North East braved the snowy conditions underfoot last Sunday to take part in a charity Santa Fun Run at Haddo House. The snowfalls over the previous 2 weeks had nearly led to its cancellation, but the organisers were very glad to be able to run the event despite the conditions, and everyone who took part seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves.
The event, which was organised by the Rotary Club of Oldmeldrum, saw runners and walkers of all ages having fun while doing their bit to raise money for their chosen charities, as well as to support Rotary's efforts to eradicate polio around the world. The 2km run for under 12s and the adult 5km run enticed a good number of competitors to the estate, which had been transformed into a winter wonderland by the snow.
Speaking afterwards, event organiser Hilary Gordon from Oldmeldrum Rotary Club said:-
"I think we were all a bit concerned about how the weather might affect the Santa Fun Run. In the end, it was a beautiful, bright clear day, and while the snow made conditions underfoot a little more challenging than normal, everyone who took part seemed to have a great time."
"Haddo is a wonderful setting at any time of year, but with the blanket of snow, it gave us a backdrop for our event which was really special. The estate workers deserve special mention for keeping the paths and access roads clear for the public. Without their help, it's doubtful whether we'd have been able to go ahead."
"The club would like to thank everyone who helped to make this event a success, from the Running Shop in Aberdeen who helped promote the event to all of the many local businesses who contributed prizes. We'd also like to thank everyone who came along to support the event, either as participant or spectator, for playing their part in raising the money to help eradicate polio around the world once and for all".
As a result of the contributions of all who supported the event, a total of £1052 was distributed to the sponsored participants charities and to Rotary charity PolioPlus.
Prize winners were :-
Kids:- 1. Logan Burgess, 2. Findlay Burgess, 3. James Blackadder
Adults:- 1. Richard Ingram, 2. Katerina Najmanova, 3. Martin Kirk