2016 Banchory Beast Tamed!
2500 competitors complete Prime Four Beast Race
The completion of the 2016 Prime Four Beast Race Banchory, marks the third successful year of Prime Four’s sponsorship of this unique event. An epic 10k obstacle race over rough terrain, dirt tracks and forest, wading thick mud, climbing cargo nets, clambering through tunnels and diving into the loch’s icy water.
The blustery weather did not dampen any spirits as participants and spectators arrived in full force steadily throughout the day. Starting on the banks of Knockburn Loch, within the picturesque Scottish landscape near Banchory in the heart of Aberdeenshire, racers set off up the heather hill to embark upon the first part of the course before looping back to encounter the muddiest and wettest part of the course in and around the Loch!
Colleagues from all of Prime Four's main companies took part in the event after benefitting from a range of free activities at the business park to get in shape for the race including Boot Camp classes, Circuits, Yoga, Metafit, a JogScotland Running Group, and the Prime Four Bleep Test. It was the first time for some but many were returning for a second or third year! Nexen's Anne Gilmour was returning for her second year with colleagues who were all first timers.
Anne with team Nexen SAP Stars limbering up before the race.
We found Apache's Wally's!
Anderson Anderson and Brown over half way point.
This year’s race also seen two inspirational sensory-impaired people overcome their disabilities to take on the challenge. Neil Skene, 49, and Leona Glennie, 26, signed up with a group of friends and helpers to prove that a lack of vision or hearing does not stand in the way of fitness challenges. Neil who is blind, and Leona who is deaf and partially sighted, were determined to complete the race. The pair ran with a strap attached to a partner who communicated the type of terrain and obstacles.
Leona said “It was a Beast! We knew it would be difficult but we made it! Thanks to our team, we managed all the obstacles. The water and mud weren’t pleasant but it feels fantastic to have finished! We wanted to take part to show that even if you have sight or hearing loss, with the right support, there is no limit to what you can do." Neil added “That was fun – can we do it again? It was really tough at times – the water was very cold and the mud pool a surprise. We worked together as a team to get over the high obstacles but it felt just fantastic coming over the finish line. Thank you so much to Andrew and Diana for signing throughout the event – even when they were cold and covered in mud!””. Neil and Leona enjoyed a memorable finish, completing the course in less than two hours at 1 hr, 59 minutes & 17 seconds. They came across the finish line hand-in-hand, together.
Leona and Neil in action.
The fastest Male and overall winner of the race was Gareth Hunt who completed the course in a staggering 52 minutes 24 seconds. The fastest female was Hannah Guild who crossed the line in 1 hour 3 minutes.27/09/2016