HALF MARATHON RUNNERS RAISE THOUSANDS FOR CHARITY
It was smiles all round as the organisers of the Global Energy Inverness Half Marathon announced today (Thursday, 17th May) that runners at this year’s events raised a total £86,991 for a range of charities.
This included £20,000 raised on behalf of the event’s chosen charity, the ARCHIE Foundation, which has helped to top the appeal’s £700,000 mark, a move in the right direction and nearer to hits target of £1million.
This year’s Inverness Half Marathon, which took place on 11th March, welcomed a new sponsor in the form of Global Energy Group, launched a new corporate team challenge event, named the ARCHIE Foundation as the new nominated charity and received endorsement from top Scots comedian and presenter, Fred Macaulay.
Race Director Malcolm Sutherland of Caledonian Concepts said: “We were delighted that the revitalisation of the event, and the fact that it is the first event in its class in the Scottish running calendar, attracted a record number of over 3000 runners of all abilities, who helped raise a substantial total of £86,991 for charity.
David Cunningham, Chief Executive of the ARCHIE Foundation said: “On behalf of everyone at the ARCHIE Foundation I am hugely grateful for this fantastic donation from the Global Energy Inverness Half Marathon. As someone who ran the event, I can testify to the exceptionally good organisation on the day and, although most were overtaking me, I was humbled to see so many ARCHIE T-shirts on the day too!”
Alastair Kennedy, Communications Director, Global Energy Group commented: “We are delighted this fantastic sum of money has been raised for such a good cause as the Archie Foundation, and we are pleased that many other charities also benefited from the event.
“The feedback from all those participating has been extremely positive and all credit to Malcolm Sutherland and the Caledonian Concepts team for making the day such a wonderful success and thanks also to the other sponsors for their important support.
“Inverness benefits greatly from this type of event in many different ways and so it was really pleasing to see record numbers of runners this year which hopefully establishes the Inverness half Marathon firmly on runners’ diaries for the years ahead.”