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Support for Angus Marafun runs fast as more companies join the race

by Anne Graham - 16:13 on 02 October 2013


Following a ten year sponsorship trail blazed by Guild Homes (Tayside) Ltd, the Rotary Club of Forfar has secured financial sponsorship for next year’s Angus Rotary Marafun from five Angus based companies.

Mark and Robin Guild of Guild Homes (Tayside) Ltd, the main sponsor of the last five Marafuns since its inception in 2002, have been quick off their marks to snap up a gold sponsorship package for next year’s event on 25th May 2014. Guild Homes have confirmed their sponsorship of the “Overall Winner” for the Angus Rotary Marafun and congratulated Forfar Rotary on making next year’s Marafun an all Angus community event.

Guild homes have also appealed to other Angus businesses to support the event. Mark Guild, Managing Director of Guild Homes said today “We feel this event is hugely beneficial. It is fabulous to know that as well as raising almost £150,000 for the Ninewell’s Cancer Campaign since we started in 2002, it has made a huge difference for numerous local charities and for individuals who have received funding.” He added that “the event has become a major fixture in the Angus events calendar providing a wonderful experience for the runners and spectators alike”.

President Scott Ballantyne added “Forfar Rotary Club is now appealing for more companies, individuals and organisations to get involved and help make the Angus Rotary Marafun 2014 an even bigger and better event for participants and spectators alike.”

He added “In addition to the usual Marafun and half Marafun relay fun race, a kid’s “Mini-mile” run is planned along East High Street at 12 noon. There will be additional activities in the afternoon to herald the Commonwealth Games with a sports zone for the whole family to enjoy. This will be organised in addition to an exciting entertainment programme that is intended to fill the streets of Forfar with a carnival atmosphere”.

Angus Rotary Marafun Convener Dave Valentine said “It is hoped that next year’s event will be supported by rotary clubs, businesses and organisations from across the county. So far we have received enormous encouragement from Angus Council, the community council and other key organisations such as the Forfar Communty Sports Association and Forfar Road Runners who are working with us to make the event even more fun for everyone concerned”.

“As in our five previous Marafuns, we are encouraging teams to help us raise cash for our main charity – which is the Ninewell’s Cancer Campaign. However, local clubs and groups may wish to donate their own team sponsorship for whatever purpose they choose”.

Another change next year will be the route. To avoid the lonely uphill run along Green Street, next year’s Marafun will be a simple route up and down the length of East and West high Street which the Marafun Committee is hoping will encourage more teams to join in.

President Scott Ballantyne added “Whatever the final format, we feel sure that the Angus Rotary Marafun 2014 will be a big a day in the Forfar and Angus events calendar and one that Rotary clubs, companies and organisations from across Angus will be proud to support “

Any firms or individuals who would like to become involved are asked to contact Marafun convener Dave Valentine on 01307 466325 or by making contact through the website www.forfarrotary.org.uk where more event details will emerge over the next few months.


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