Published: 13/02/2014 16:27 - Updated: 13/02/2014 16:40

Moray Marathon's lasting legacy

THE Moray Marathon has provided a lasting legacy to athletics in Moray.

That is the view of Gareth Jenkins, Moray’s Walk Jog Run Co-ordinator, who said: “The end of the Moray Marathons after 32 years has saddened the local running community.”

No one has come forward to take on the organisation of the popular 3-in-1 event in September which also has a half-marathon and 10k.

The current committee announced their intention to stand down last year but no fresh blood has emerged to take it on.

Jenkins, a member of Moray Roadrunners, added: “The real legacy of 32 years of Moray Marathons is there for all to see – 22 walking, jogging and running (athletics) groups working together within the Walk Jog Run Moray Partnership, inspiring others to become more active, engendering true spirit within communities and providing volunteering opportunities to enhance personal and professional skills whilst helping others.

“Despite the end of the Moray Marathons, the calendar for 2014 remains jam-packed with events for all abilities ranging from health walks, forest runs and road races to a walking festival, 6 Hills Challenge and 95 Mile Relay around the Moray Way.”

He said opportunities are also available throughout the year to become walk leaders, Jog Scotland Leaders and athletics/running coaches.

Anyone interested in improving their fitness and breathing in the wonderful fresh Moray air should contact Gareth Jenkins on 07527387536 or visit www.walkjogrunmoray.org.uk for further information.

Any individuals or groups keen to resurrect the Moray Marathon should contact Nicky Nash at Elgin Community Centre.

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