> Dunecht dash
7th May 2017 sees the 12th Dunecht Dash. This is a fundraiser by Dunecht School Parent Council (DSPC) to raise funds for Dunecht Primary School. A subcommittee of the parent council is formed and meet 4 or 5 times to organise the event each year. The Dash consists of 2 races. A 2km fun run and a 5km race both of which are held in Dunecht Estate grounds owned by Dunecht Estates and they start at Dunecht House which is owned by the Oag family. The beautiful scenery contributes to the popularity of the event which saw the 200 5km places being sold out in record time this year (15 days). Each year the event tends to be sold out for both races so that almost 400 people take part on the day. There is also a corporate team race in the 5km race where teams of 5 compete for the SPEX cup, the team with the lowest average time wins the cup. In the 2km the local schools compete for the schools cup (the wining school has the lowest average time). The course is kindly made available to us the day before the event for set up and the local golf club lend their clubhouse for us to process the results so it is a community event. The school children are encouraged to get involved through Dunecht Dash training which is held in school time and as a school they choose a charity and raise money for that charity through sponsorship for those who choose to run the fun run. This year their charity is raising money for Sipepa School, Zimbabwe to get electricity. The children also fill the goody bags on the Friday at school before the run and have some input into what goes into the bags. On the day car parking is within the estate grounds at the cricket/football field and at Dunecht House, and there is a burger and coffee van for refreshments. The event is a key part of the summer season in the community and is organised by parents and pupils at the primary school. The entry fees are used to cover the cost of administering the event with any surplus going straight to the school funds. The fund is used to provide support for activities and school outings, as well as to complement existing resources within the school such as additional IT equipment. John Carter, Chairperson of the organising board said: 'The Dash is the school parent council's main fundraiser, with a measure of its popularity being that both classes become fully subscribed ever earlier each year. The organisers are all volunteers and work very hard to make the competitor's day as much fun as possible. We are appreciative of both Dunecht Estates and the Oag family for enabling us to host the event on the estate roads and in the house's grounds'. Stuart Young of Dunecht estates added: 'The Estate is delighted to help make the Dash a successful, community focused event. It is pleasing to see the school thrive and hopefully this run will again raise useful funds. It's a great day even if you don't fancy running!'