Published: 13/06/2014 15:00 - Updated: 13/06/2014 09:49

Moray hill challenge kicks off the Games

Written byCraig Christie

MORAY’s hills will be alive with the colours of the Commonwealth Games next week.

Rothes primary house captains Lucy Christie, Polly Allsop and Charlie Christie prepare for next week’s Moray 6 Hills Challenge in celebration of the forthcoming Commonwealth Games, at the car park of their local Ben Aigan peak. Supporting the venture is W
Rothes primary house captains Lucy Christie, Polly Allsop and Charlie Christie prepare for next week’s Moray 6 Hills Challenge in celebration of the forthcoming Commonwealth Games, at the car park of their local Ben Aigan peak. Supporting the venture is W

With Glasgow 2014 fast approaching, the Walk Jog Run Moray Partnership is inviting people to take part in a Moray event celebrating this summer’s sporting spectacle in Scotland.

The Moray 6 Hills Challenge takes place over six days next week, encouraging active Moray folk to go for the summit of a hill or monument within their local area.

The event, organised by Walk Jog Run Moray co-ordinator, Gareth Jenkins, will also see the flags of Botswana and Monserrat flying at each peak as part of the Games’ ‘Support a 2nd Team Initiative’. Both countries have been adopted by Moray as the nations they are cheering on – after Scotland of course – when the action gets underway in Glasgow on July 24.

Next week’s challenge, beginning on Monday, takes in Binn of Cullen, the Fochabers monument, Califer viewpoint, Meikle Balloch, Ben Aigan and Ben Rinnes.

Schools local to each landmark will be taking part, but Mr Jenkins hopes people of all ages will support the event and get into the Commonwealth Games spirit.

“The response from both primary and secondary schools has been fantastic with more than 500 pupils expected to participate over the six days,” he said.

“That said, it would be great to see as many people as possible supporting their local walk and experiencing the beautiful Moray hills and countryside.”

Each walk starts between 9.30am and 11am with exact timings and further information available on the events page of the Walk Jog Run Moray website at www.walkjogrunmoray.org or by e-mailing gareth.jenkins@moray.gov.uk.

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