Race Day Information

You'll find all the information you need about race day below.

Any major updates will be posted here as well as on our Facebook page.

For more detailed information about a particular event, click on the corresponding square below.

Sunday 25th March 2018

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Race Packs

Your race pack, including your event t-shirt, will be posted to you at the address you provided when you entered online.

Your bib will incorporate your timing chip and luggage tag, should you wish to check any baggage.

Please complete the emergency details on the back of your race number with a ballpoint pen.

On race day, fasten your number securely to the front of your top using the four pins provided – one at each corner, as per the instructions in the Event Programme.

It is a race requirement that your number be visible at all times.

Race numbers are non-transferrable. Anyone found to be running with someone else's bib will be removed from the results.

If your race pack does not arrive before race day, please check in at Race HQ well before your race is due to start. Please also bring a copy of your registration confirmation email and/or ID.

Timetable of Events

EBLAST 5k                                                          0930

RIM Fabrications 1/2 Marathon                           1030

Dandara 10k                                                      1045 

CP& Co. Junior Run Cat. 1 Girls (Ages 4,5,6)       1300

CP& Co. Junior Run Cat. 1 Boys (Ages 4,5,6)       1315 

CP& Co. Junior Run Cat. 2 Girls (Ages 7,8,9)       1330

CP& Co. Junior Run Cat. 2 Boys (Ages 7,8,9)       1345

CP& Co. Junior Run Cat. 3 Girls (Ages 10,11,12)  1400

CP& Co. Junior Run Cat. 3 Boys (Ages 10,11,12)  1415

Where is Inverurie?

Inverurie is approximately 16 miles northwest of Aberdeen on the A96. The nearest train station is Inverurie, on the Aberdeen to Inverness line. The nearest airport is Aberdeen Airport at Dyce.

Getting to Run Garioch 

Run Garioch is now a very big event. Some congestion in the local area will be inevitable on race day, but please help us keep it to a minimum.

If possible, walk as part of your race-day warm-up, use public transport or share lifts if you can. 

If you have to drive to the event, please be aware that there is no direct road access to, or parking available at, the Garioch Sports Centre on race day. 

Local access and parking

If you’re driving to the event we would encourage you NOT to enter Inverurie from the roundabout on the A96 near Morrisons.

Burghmuir Drive (the start and finish of the adult races) will be closed all day from the Strathburn Hotel up to the roundabout at Morrisons. 

Burghmuir Circle will only be open for local access and VIP parking (but only via the Strathburn Hotel junction).

To ease congestion around Morrisons and Blackhall Road, we’ve introduced a Drop-Off Zone at Strathburn School, which is located at the back of the Garioch Sports Centre (sat-nav post code AB51 4RY) and is only a short walk from the start lines.

In addition to the 400 places available at the Aberdeenshire Council offices at Gordon House (Blackhall Road AB51 3WA), we’ve also secured agreement from Schlumberger, the Aberdeenshire Council Roads Depot, Tawse Tyres and Inverurie Locos to use their car parks on race day.  Many thanks to them for their support. These carparks are all located in Harlaw Road (sat nav post code  AB51 4TE ), which is a short warm-up jog away from the Sports Centre. There are also other public car parks located elsewhere in town.

Travelling from the North 

If you’re travelling from the North on the A96 please turn left at the Conglass junction (the left turn before the roundabout near Morrisons). This will take you down to the roundabout at the bottom of Burghmuir Drive.

To use the parking at Harlaw Road, turn left along the B9001 to Rothienorman and take the next right into Harlaw Road, where the car parks will be signposted and attended.

To reach the Drop-Off Zone at Strathburn School, proceed straight across the roundabout into North Street and proceed along to, then turn right into, Saphock Place, which leads up to Strathburn School where the Drop-Off Zone is located.  On leaving Strathburn School there will be right-turns only into Strathburn Road. At the end of Strathburn Road turn left into Middlemuir Road and out on to Blackhall Road near the junction with North Street and West High Street.

Travelling from the South 

If you’re travelling from the South on the A96 please enter Inverurie at the first roundabout (at the end of the dual carriageway), which will take you through Port Elphinstone and on to Inverurie Town Centre. At the end of the square in the Town Centre turn left into West High Street.

To use the parking at Harlaw Road, take the first right into Constitution Street, then along to the end and straight past Tesco into Harlaw Road. Proceed along Harlaw Road until you reach the car parks.

To use the parking at Gordon House, continue along West High Street and at the end turn left into Blackhall Road. Gordon House is on the left as you proceed up Blackhall Road.

To reach the Drop-Off Zone continue up West High Street and at the end turn right into North Street. Proceed along to and turn left into Saphock Place, which leads up to Strathburn School where the Drop-Off Zone is located.  On leaving Strathburn School there will be right-turns only into Strathburn Road. At the end of Strathburn Road turn left into Middlemuir Road and out on to Blackhall Road near the junction with North Street and West High Street.

Travelling from the Rothienorman Road

If you’re entering Inverurie on the B9001 from Rothienorman, the Harlaw Road parking is the first left after you enter Inverurie.

For the Drop-Off Zone, continue straight ahead until you come to the roundabout then turn left into North Street and proceed along to, and turn right into, Saphock Place, which leads up to Strathburn School where the Drop-Off Zone is located.  On leaving Strathburn School there will be right-turns only into Strathburn Road. At the end of Strathburn Road turn left into Middlemuir Road and out on to Blackhall Road near the junction with North Street and West High Street.

Travelling from Oldmeldrum

If you’re coming from Oldmeldrum, take the new link road across to the Rothienorman Road (B9001) and follow the directions above from Rothienorman.

Sat-nav summary 

* Use AB51 4RY to take you to the race-day drop-off point at Strathburn School

* Use AB51 4TE to take you to the Harlaw Road car parks 

* Use AB51 3WA to take you to the Gordon House car park

Road Closures

Further information on road closures will be provided nearer to race day.

Lost Property and Information

Enquiries regarding lost property and other general queries will be handled at Race HQ.

A limited number of event t-shirts will also be available for exchange on a first -come, first-served basis.


We will be operating a secure baggage-storage facility in the Event Village.

The cost will be a donation to charity.

Please use the luggage tag on your race number to check your baggage.

Toilets and Changing Rooms

Toilets will be located in the Event Village as well as by the GSC changing rooms. There will also be male and female changing areas in the Event Village in the lower carpark.

There will be no access for runners to the toilets in the Reception or Gym areas of the GSC.

Event Village

The Event Village, sponsored by AGC Contracts Ltd., will return for 2018.  

Event Catering

Davidsons Butchers of Inverurie will also be returning to spark up the traditional race-day BBQ, with all profits to be returned to the Garioch Sports Centre. Fly Cup Catering of Inverurie will also be joining us again to serve up tea, coffee, soup, sandwiches and their famous homebakes.  

The Start

All adult races will start on Burghmuir Drive, outside the Garioch Sports Centre.

Course Marshals

Volunteers from a variety of service groups as well as private individuals will be acting as marshals on race day.

Please follow their instructions as well as any posted signs.

If you have the opportunity, please thank the marshals for their efforts – there would be no Run Garioch without them.

If you don't plan on running this year, but would still like to be part of Run Garioch 2018, please consider becoming a marshal. Drop us a line at info@rungarioch.co.uk.


You don’t need to have a number pinned to your chest to take part in Run Garioch! If you’re not running this year, please come out to cheer on your friends, family and neighbours. Here are a few of the best times and places to watch the action, but please bear in mind any road closures that may affect your travel.

The Finish

All adult races will finish under the gantry on Burghmuir Drive.

Please ensure you run under the finish line gantry and through the funnel to record your final time.

The end of the race is under the gantry, not at the 'spotter' mats placed 20m in front.

Exit the funnel to receive your water, banana and medal. You can then exit the finish area, rejoin your family and friends and celebrate your achievement!

If you've signed up for a free result SMS from Sinclairs of Inverurie, you'll receive it within a short time of finishing.

Results will be available on the FRS website after the event.

Medical Support

First aiders from North East Services and Training will be available opposite the finish line and able to respond to any incidents during the event.

The First Aid room in the Garoch Sports Centre will be Changing Room 7.

If you are not feeling fully fit on the day of the race, please do not run. There'll always be next year!

If you feel unwell during the race, please inform the closest available marshal. He or she will inform our medical support team so that they can assist appropriately.


The team from Physiotherapy @ RGU:Wellness will be providing post-race sports massage to the participants of Run Garioch 2018. Massages will be provided by Chartered Physiotherapists and physiotherapy students who will be supervised and have received massage training. 

Run Garioch is also pleased to announce that any participants who book a physiotherapy or a massage appointment with RGU:Wellness in the two weeks (27 March – 7 April 2018) following the event will benefit from a 10% discount!

Bookings can be made online via the RGU:Wellness website at www.rgu.ac.uk/clinic, by phoning 02114 262626 or by email at rguwellness@rgu.ac.uk.

Who are RGU: Wellness?

Physiotherapy @ RGU:Wellness is a professional private physiotherapy clinic based within the Robert Gordon University Garthdee campus.  Their clinic is staffed by a team of highly qualified physiotherapists, with extensive experience in sport, work and musculoskeletal injuries. They have access to the ground-breaking facilities within the University’s RGU Sport facility and RGU’s Human Performance Laboratory and also supply a range of other services including biomechanical assessment, gait analysis, running analysis, fitness testing and X-Ray services. Physiotherapy@ RGU:Wellness are fully supported by sports scientists, sports masseuses, strength and conditioning coaches and sports psychologists – so you can be assured of a professional, accessible and affordable service whatever your needs.For further information please visit www.rgu.ac.uk/clinic.


Extremes of Weather

Please ensure you are properly hydrated and come prepared for the extremes of weather. Our climate can be unpredictable It may be very warm and sunny, requiring sun cream or conversely very cold and wet requiring warm and dry clothing.

If the race needs to be cancelled on the day for any reason, the Race Director's decision will be announced on this website and Facebook by 9.00am on Race Day.


Images from Run Garioch 2016 are available on www.pauldouglaspictures.com.

Images from Run Garioch 2017 are available from Paul Douglas Pictures and Brianbat Photography.