A charity set up in memory of a North-east toddler is set to hold its second 10km race later this month – with more than 300 participants registered.
Kayleigh’s Wee Stars (KWS), based in Oldmeldrum, will host the annual Barra 10km race on Saturday, May 27.
The charity hopes to build on the success of 2016’s inuagural race event, which raised £15,000.
The challenging cross country run will see runners climb the 1km ascent of Barra Hill, near Oldmeldrum, and crossing the site of the Battle of Barra, which took place more than 700 years ago.
The charity, founded and run by Jonathan and Anna Cordiner, was started in 2012 after the death of their two-year-old daughter Kayleigh from an atypical teratoid rhaboid tumour, a type of terminal brain tumour.
Having taken time off work as primary teachers to make the most of Kayleigh’s last months, Jonathan and Anna set up KWS in order to provide financial support for families going through similar situations who may not have the support network they had.
Since it was established, the charity has donated more than £250,000 to almost 100 families across Scotland by fundraising with events like the KWS Barra 10k and the Loch Ness Festival of Running.
As well as the adult 10k race, there will also be a junior race taking place on the same day hosted by Meldrum Academy with support from Active Schools Aberdeenshire.
Jonathan, who is head teacher at Meiklemill School in Ellon, is looking forward to the event which promises to be an active day for all ages, and will also see daughters Charlotte, 4, and Emma, 1, take part.
He said: “We had lots of positive feedback last year because it’s such a challenging run up the hill and the views of Aberdeenshire at the top are fantastic.
“People liked the charity feel of the event, there are signs throughout the race to say how much money has been raised, what it’s being used for and people said that helped to motivate them throughout the run.
“We’re very fortunate because we have the backing of the local community both by way of fundraising but also on a corporate side, we have a lot of businesses in the North-east getting behind us.”