More than 1,200 take part in Illuminator Night Trail Race

Record numbers of runners and walkers took part in an annual illuminated night-time trail race.

Some 1,250 runners took on the Illuminator Night Trail Race on Saturday, travelling through the forest and moorland of Glen Tanar Estate, Royal Deeside.

Participants travelled to Aboyne from all over Scotland and some as far as Germany and Finland, keen to experience the race.

Organiser at Firetrail Events Jono Buckland said: “With a hilly 15-miles and 2,000ft of ascent all in complete darkness you would think that would put people off, but the event just keeps on growing year on year. I think it shows people want something a bit different and real adventure.”

Sara Henry won the prize of fastest female with a stunning time of 2hrs 5mins 33sec.

She said: “I hadn’t done many head torch runs before but conditions were great. All the marshals are all really encouraging and I will be back next year.”

Sam Milton came in with an incredible 1hr 36mins 2sec to pick up fastest male for a second year running.

He said: “I was delighted to take a further 4 minutes off my course record and defend my title. I hope to be back next year to make it a hat-trick.”

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