Olympic star to shine at Marafun

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Dave Valentine MBE, convener of the Angus Rotary Marafun 2014, has announced Olympic Silver medallist Greg Drummond will appear at this year’s Marafun event to be held in Forfar on Sunday, May 25.

Dave said: “Greg’s agreement to join us at the Angus Rotary Marafun will be of enormous interest to runners and spectators alike. So many people would like to congratulate Greg on his recent achievements as a member of the GB Silver medal winning team at the Sochi Winter Olympics. I can’t think of a better tribute to Greg than letting the Marafun crowds give him a real ‘Angus’ welcome back home to his hometown of Forfar.”

In welcoming the news, Angus Provost Councillor Helen Oswald, who will officially open the Marafun and start the countdown for the main race, added: “Greg is a fantastic ambassador for his sport and for Angus, so it’s great that he’s able to join us at the Marafun. He’ll get a great reception from his home crowd and I’m sure his stunning Olympic success will help spur on our competitors.”

Greg said: “I am really looking forward to seeing everyone at the Marafun next weekend. It should be a great day and I hope people will attend to take part and see my silver medal from Sochi come to my hometown. It’s been my toughest curling season ever so it will be good to finally come back home and meet up with many old friends whom I will be cheering on as they take part in some of the events.”

Mike Ferguson, owner of the Forfar Indoor Sports Centre, also welcomed the news. He said: “Greg’s achievement has been a great inspiration to a new generation of young curlers and everyone at the centre will be excited to see him make this starring appearance in his home town”.

There are three ‘zones’ for this year’s event - for run, fun and sports.

Look out for our special feature in next week’s Dispatch and Herald where full details for Marafun day will be highlighted.