AGR sponsors the Black Rock '5' Race 2013
RUNNERS ROCK & ROLL AS KINGHORN RACE HITS FIFE FOR ANOTHER YEAR
On Friday, 21 June, thousands of runners and spectators will descend on Kinghorn in Fife to take on the iconic AGR Black Rock ‘5’ race which is now in its 26th year.
The popular road and beach race – set in the shadow of Edinburgh’s Forth rail and road bridges – encompasses roads, sand, water and rock.
Memorable for the route over Pettycur sands and the stretch around ‘The Black Rock’ – where competitors can find themselves running in knee-deep water – the race also boasts a memorable uphill finish, which never fails to deliver drama for the assembled crowds.
John McKay, race director, who has been involved since the first race in 1987 said:
“Last year we celebrated 25 years and the race has become a favoured fixture on the Scottish running calendar. Securing a place has become almost as big a challenge as completing the race itself as we sell out within a matter of hours.”
Demonstrating its popularity the race has secured a place in the book the ‘World’s Ultimate Running Races’ bagging itself a place amongst the top 500 races in the world, which also includes a race along The Great Wall of China, a run up the stairs of the Empire State Building and a gruelling slog across the Sahara Desert.
Unusually the race takes place on a Friday evening and this year will kick off at 19:30 - to time it just right for the tides. Followed by a gathering and post-race celebration in the village - the social aspect of the event has become almost as important as the race itself.
The race is sponsored by AGR, an international services and technology supplier to the oil & gas industry. VP Business Development and Sales, Nick Chilcott of AGR said: “Here at AGR we are very proud to be the official sponsor of the Black Rock ‘5’ race for a second year. AGR is dedicated to promoting a healthy and active lifestyle and this race allows people of all age groups to get involved in a fun and exhilarating sporting event.”