Plant Integrity Management Limited (PIM) have stepped in to sponsor the Crathes half marathon.
The popular North-East event usually sees over 700 runners compete annually, but questions were raised over whether the event would run in 2018 due to a lack of sponsors.
In March the National Trust (which operates Crathes Estate and Half Marathon) put out an appeal on Facebook for sponsors.
PIM saw the post on Facebook and have since offered to sponsor the event.
Natasha Finlayson, event organiser for the National Trust for Scotland said: “The Half Marathon is one of our most popular events and we are delighted that PIM came to our rescue and offered to sponsor the event to enable it to go ahead. With PIM on board, we hope to make this year’s half marathon our best yet.”
PIM’s support means that the charity is adding to the programme this year.
“PIM’s contribution is allowing us to introduce a new race to the schedule – a 1.5km run for primary-aged children,” added Natasha. “We can’t wait to welcome the PIM team and all the other runners this year as they all aim for a new personal best..”
Martin Worth, Director at PIM said: “We’re delighted to be able to step in and work with the National Trust for Scotland to ensure that this well-known, local event takes place. It’s also fantastic to play a role in encouraging the next generation of runners to get their trainers on and enjoy the great outdoors with the introduction of the children’s run. As a company, we are running a health campaign throughout 2018 and some of our staff will be taking up the additional challenge to run the PIM Half Marathon at Crathes Castle on 15 September.”
Starting at Crathes Castle, the Half Marathon takes runners out onto flat country roads to the north and east of the estate grounds, through beautiful Aberdeenshire countryside.
Entry costs £26 for the Half Marathon and £8 for the children’s 1.5k. Visit www.nts.org.uk to book now.