Aberchirder residents encouraged to take on marathon challenge
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Aberchirder and District Community Association has launched a marathon charity challenge.
The last 18 months have seen a big downturn in events nationally and internationally. Fundraising for charities, clubs and organisations has been at a standstill and many of these groups are struggling.
However, in Aberchirder a special effort is being launched this September to raise funds for these organisations and help wellbeing within the village.
The community association is challenging residents to complete 26.2 miles in their own way during the month of September.
The group together with various club members within the local area are challenging people to run, jog or walk the distance in one go or in manageable stages like a mile a day.
Secretary Bob Peden said: "How people do their miles is up to them providing flexibility and opportunity to get creative and complete their marathon in a way that challenges them. It is your route, your time, your marathon.
"A Facebook page has been created purely for this event and donations can be made using a Just Giving facility which will appear on the page in August.
"All funds raised will be divided amongst Foggie clubs and organisations as nominated. People should announce their intention to take part in the event via the Facebook page, at the same time, nominating the club or organisation they most wish to benefit from their efforts.
"Alternatively, for those without online facilities, paper copies of a registration form can be collected from Aberchirder Pharmacy."
The event will finish on the weekend of October 2 and 3 to coincide with the London Marathon. On Saturday, October 2 the community association is holding a coffee morning in the Aberchirder Village Hall, restrictions permitting, when the group intends to display photographs and share experiences from all the people who took part in the event.
Participants will be encouraged to post their progress on the Foggie Marathon 2021 Facebook page and have fun interaction with the group.
The page will also be used to monitor progress and achievements while at the same time promote the event’s overall performance.
There is no entry fee included with the challenge, however, arrangements have been made with W Peters & Son, Turriff, to purchase T-shirts specifically for the event.
These t-shirts are in various colours and will bear the Foggie Marathon 2021 logo on the front and the participants name on the back.
The logo was chosen by asking all children at Aberchirder Primary School to produce a design.
The competition was judged by Deputy Lieutenant of Banffshire Patricia Seligman and the winning logo was designed by Primary 7 pupil Imogen Duncan.
T-shirts can be purchased by using the link on the Facebook page and are priced at £18 for adults and £15 for children.
For further information about the event contact Brian King on 07432075271.