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Aberdeenshire

Day 16.  Sunday 29 June.

The Queen’s Baton Relay advanced into Scotland’s north-eastern county of Aberdeenshire today, as the relay entered its sixteenth day travelling around Scotland. Aberdeenshire is the home to much of Scotland’s fishing industry and a major support location for North Sea oil and gas operations.

The baton roamed the length and breadth of the nation’s fourth largest county and travelled from the wind-swept cliff top Dunnotar Castle in Stonehaven, Banff, Inverurie, Port Elphinstone, Turriff, MacDuff, Fraserburgh and Peterhead.

Athletes running on the day through Aberdeenshire include gifted young GB swimmer Sara Hamilton, who will run in her home town of Stonehaven, as will netball player Claire Brownie in Inverurie. Joining the athletes were a host of remarkable batonbearers nominated by their local communities for their achievements. Like Lynn Cruickshank of Turiff. Lynne has overcome cancer not once but twice and then continued her fight against the disease by organising the biggest first year relay Cancer Research has ever had, raising a whopping £170,000.

Maintaining the high calibre of Aberdeenshire’s relay runners was Doug McIntosh. Doug lost his arm to cancer 17 years ago and refused to let the amputation control his life, instead using the unfortunate loss as a driving force to push his body to the limits becoming the first amputee to cycle round the UK (in just 98 hours) and completing three London Marathons.

The day was brought to a close in Peterhead’s Catto Park by native sharpshooting female athlete Shona Marshall, who raised the baton aloft to the jubilant crowd to mark the end of Day 16.

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Schedule

07.20Stonehaven
09.05Banchory
10.15 Dunecht
10.25Kintore
10.50Port Elphinstone
11.00Inverurie
12.05Oldmeldrum
13.45Turriff
14.10Banff
15.40MacDuff
16.20Fraserburgh
17.45Mintlaw
18.15Peterhead

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Featured batonbearers

Overcoming cancer not once but twice, Lynne organised the biggest first year relay that Cancer Research UK had ever had. With over 800 participants, she helped raise over £170,000, which has since spurred her on to organise one for 2014. Also the Vice Chair of the Friends of Turiff Hospital (where she raises funds for the hospital and medical practice), Lynne is a visiting PE specialist, a keen experienced tennis and badminton player and has also helped raise funds for the tennis facilities.

Malcolm leads Braemar Mountain Rescue’s Civilian Team. His successful nomination extends recognition to his team, a range of brave men and women who save lives and spend long hours searching for people in often-impossible conditions. True unsung heroes, their significant contribution to the hill is underestimated. Head over to http://www.braemarmountainrescue.org.uk/rescues.html to see a map replete with events broken down by the year they occurred in.

When Doug lost his arm due to cancer 17 years ago, he rebuffed the idea that the amputation would control his life. Instead, he reversed his mind set, using the unfortunate loss as the main drive to push his body to its limits. He’s completed three London Marathons and became the first amputee to cycle around the UK (he’s now done this twice, with one only taking 98 hours).

In her role as a Young Scot Legacy Ambassador, Sarah-Louise was actively involved in raising awareness and promoting the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy themes at events in her local area. She worked hard to ensure the legacy themes reach as many people with different backgrounds and experiences throughout their communities as possible. She has given 500+ hours of her time for free locally and more nationally via Youth Scotland and as a Youth Legacy Ambassador.

Multi-nominated active member of her community, Jennifer is a registered jog leader with Jog Scotland Peterhead and in her roll encourages members of all abilities and ages to remain active and achieve their goals through jogging. In memory of her friend’s son, she raised an incredible £16,000 for The Scottish Cot Death Trust at 2013’s London Marathon, and has tackled the New York marathon as well.

Colin has been running for fifty years, and is more than familiar with the Commonwealth Games, having taken part in the 1970 CG Baton Relay. He’s also won the Scottish marathon thrice, was awarded the 1992 Aberdeen City veteran sports personality and last year took home the Scottish Masters 1500m and 5000m titles (over-65).

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