Marafun plans out of the starting block

New poster for the 2014 Marafun in Forfar. Pictured holding it are, from left - David Valentine, Scott Ballantyne Forfar Rotary president, Mark and Robin Guild.
New poster for the 2014 Marafun in Forfar. Pictured holding it are, from left - David Valentine, Scott Ballantyne Forfar Rotary president, Mark and Robin Guild.

The Rotary Club of Forfar has secured financial sponsorship for next year’s Marafun, which will feature a new course in the town centre.

Following a ten year sponsorship trail blazed by Guild Homes (Tayside) Ltd, the club has attracted financial sponsorship 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 snapped up a gold sponsorship package for next year’s event on May 25. They have confirmed their sponsorship of the “overall winner”.

Mark Guild said: “We feel this event is hugely beneficial. It is fabulous to know that, as well as raising almost £150,000 for the Ninewells’ Cancer Campaign since 2002, it has made a huge difference for numerous local charities and for individuals who have received funding.”

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. 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 next year’s event will be supported by rotary clubs, businesses and organisations from across the county. We have received enormous encouragement from Angus Council, the community council and other key organisations such as the Forfar Community Sports Association and Forfar Road Runners who are working with us to make the event even more fun for everyone concerned. We are encouraging teams to help us raise cash for our main charity – the Ninewell’s Cancer Campaign. However, local clubs and groups may wish to donate their own team sponsorship for whatever purpose they choose”.

The new route 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. Contact Dave on 01307 466325.