Published: 16/05/2014 11:47 - Updated: 16/05/2014 11:56

Pinto series ready to run

THE race series in memory of former Moray Roadrunner Alistair ‘Pinto’ Sim will take place again this summer.

Pinto Run organiser Sarah McGregor.
Pinto Run organiser Sarah McGregor.

The Pinto 3k Series will see runners race around the Cooper Park in Elgin.

However, the main emphasis is on having fun and the social side of running.

Organiser Sarah McGregor, a local GP and former training partner of Pinto, has been given assurances that flood work around the park will be completed in time for the event to start next month.

Money raised from registrations goes to support young people taking part in athletics in Moray.

The series will start on Wednesday, June 18, with the other legs on July 2 and August 27. Registration is at 6.15pm outside Elgin Library and the races start at 7pm.

They are open to anyone aged over nine years and the entry fee is £2.

Inverness Harrier Jenny Bannerman (26), the reigning Northern Scot 10k series champ, is hoping to compete in all three Pinto Runs over the summer.

She said: “They are really, really good races, in midweek and just an hour along the road for me. They are really popular.

“It’s two and a bit laps around the park and I hope they can get plenty people along this year. They start the kids off just before the adults so a lot of the runners set out to try and catch them, and it does make it feel like a bigger field.

“I really enjoy them, and I’ve been trying to get a lot more of our club runners along to it as well because it is a good race and it’s good for your training.”

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