Breaking the Beast

24th September 2017

SCOTLAND’S most brutal obstacle course races (OCR), the Prime Four Beasts, took place on 2 September at Loch Ness, and at Knockburn Loch near Banchory, Aberdeenshire on 23 September, with organisers declaring the biggest ever events,  “brutal, beastly, blockbusters”.

Nearly 1,800 participants took to the stunning course at Aldourie Castle by Loch Ness, and over 2300 at Knockburn, with everyone facing an epic challenge, with obstacles taking advantage of both site’s awesome natural features. The numbers marks a 40% increase on the 2016 event.

Now in its fifth year, the Prime Four Beast Races were bigger and bolder than ever before with a savage new 10km long route across the Aldourie Castle Estate, and a brutal climb through heather, forest and loch at Knockburn.

The new-look courses also included more merciless obstacles for participants to overcome such as the icy cold Looney Dook and the perilous Black Hole.

Prime Four, the international business park based on the outskirts of Aberdeen, is the event’s title sponsor. Developed by Drum Property Group, Prime Four is home to 12 major energy and service companies, with that number due to expand.

As part of Prime Four’s sponsorship, colleagues at any of the companies who are located at the Kingswells site, have benefitted from a range of free activities including 3,000 hours of training across 600 classes including Boot Camp, Circuits, Yoga, Metafit, a JogScotland Running Group, and the Prime Four Bleep Test.

This all fits within Prime Four’s principle objective which is to, “bring life to work.”

Prime Four Beast Race’s official charity partner is Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS), for which over £128,000 has been raised so far by Beast Race participants. That number will significantly rise after all funds are totalled for this year’s races.

Jono Buckland, director at organisers FireTrail Events comments:

“Good grief, that was brutal! Our participants told us they wanted the races to be tougher than ever before, so we ramped it up, and challenged them to try and break the beast. Of-course in the face of courses of this magnitude our Prime Four Beast Race participants rose to the challenge, with endurance, a sense of community and no shortage of humour. Both events were a spectacular, muddy, fun-filled party.”

Fife Hyland, communications director at Drum Property Group, developers of Prime Four added:

“What a Prime Four Beast Race season that was at Loch Ness and Knockburn. With a significant rise in numbers it was brilliant to see so many new participants, facing up to what were – by some distance – the most brutal beast courses yet. Prime Four is really proud to support this event, and we are dlighted with the commitment and effort from all the companies based at the business park.”

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