Great Britain internationals Rhona Auckland,20, and Robbie Simpson, 22, both of whom live within 30 miles of the beautiful royal estate on Deeside, were the stars of the show at RunBalmoral 2014.

Auckland showed her undoubted class by finishing second overall behind 2010 Commonwealth Games 1500m runner Alastair Hay in the ConocoPhillips 5Km. 

Hay won in 15min 9secs but Auckland was only 46secs behind as she knocked a massive 40secs off the women’s course record she set in 2013. It's the third year in a row that the Edinburgh University student has won this race and the third time she has broken the record.


Simpson, a top mountain running international, put his climbing skills to good use on the famous Balmoral hill to retain the Stena Drilling Tartan 10K title. His time of 31min 30secs was just 13secs outside his 2013 course record.




The second record of the day came from Aberdeen’s Naomi Lang who won the Kongsberg secondary schools 2.5Km girls’ race in 8min 3secs.


Harry Smith, who works on the Balmoral  estate and lives next door to the castle, won the 15 mile trail race which explores some of the wilder parts of the grounds.

The ever-popular two-day festival of running attracted 4,000 competitors of all ages. Organisers are promising an exciting new addition to the weekend programme in 2015.

26 & 27 April 2014
Balmoral, UK

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