Hundreds defy the elements at Moray’s biennial Marafun

Moravian Orienteering team finishes together at the Marafun.
Moravian Orienteering team finishes together at the Marafun.

DRIVING RAIN DID nothing to dampen the spirits of hundreds as they took to the streets of Elgin for the annual Marafun on Sunday.

The biennial race through the town attracted 94 five-strong teams urged on enthusiastically by hundreds who braved the elements to raise funding for local charities.

“The weather was certainly not on our side this year,” Jim Walker from the organisers, the Elgin Rotary Club, commented, adding: “We did not have quite as many spectators as we have in the past – but it was great to see the hardy souls who did brave the elements to attend.

“We had already raised a great deal from donations in the build-up to the event so the lower turnout should not mean any of our charities will benefit less than usual.”

Around 100 local charities will benefit from Marafun 2015 which was won by ‘The Five Decades’, a team of fun runners who finished in third place when the event was last held in 2013.

Second place was claimed by Moray Road Runners while the Moray Rugby Club team following in third.