Alongside sprawling countryside and breathtaking scenery, Speyside also boasts the highest concentration of malt whisky distilleries in Scotland, at just over 50. What better place then, for a premier whisky-themed trail running event?!

In October 2022, eight of MacRoberts’ keenest whisky enthusiasts, amateur athletes and members of the MacRoberts Food & Drink Team made the trip to Speyside to take part in the unique “Dramathon” event.

The Dramathon is a series of running events based from the Glenfiddich distillery in Dufftown which take runners through a trail of local distilleries by forest, road, field and old railway paths. The events range from the 10km “Wee Dram” to the mighty 42km “Full Dram” race, and the MacRoberts team took on the “Wee Dram” relay race. The “Wee Dram” is the 42km marathon distance race split between four runners, each taking on a separate leg. With eight runners we boasted a Glasgow team consisting of: John McQuillan, Graeme Harrison, Meghan Jenkins and Sarah-Ann McGinn and an Edinburgh team of: Sarah Pengelly, Michael Vaughan, Jamie Duff and Calum Lavery.

Meghan and Sarah took on the first leg of the race from Glenfarclas distillery to Ballindalloch distillery. They battled rain, wind and the distinct lack of any path at one point across the moors near Glenfarclas to be rewarded with spectacular views of Ben Rinnes before winding through the manicured lawns of Ballindalloch Castle to their distillery.

John and Calum then took up the mantle for the next 10km along the banks of the River Spey to Tamdhu setting a brisk pace. This may have been in part as a tactic to warm up after enduring a downpour at the handover at Ballindalloch!

Next came Michael and Sarah-Ann who took over for the leg from Tamdhu to Aberlour distillery and again battled the classic unpredictability of the Scottish weather when the sun made a surprising appearance.

Finally, Graeme and Jamie brought the teams home through the distilleries of Craigellachie and Balvenie to the grand finale of the finish line in clear skies at Glenfiddich distillery.

Both teams set an excellent first time with the Edinburgh team ranking 8th and the Glasgow team 23rd overall, each collecting drams of whisky from the distilleries passed on the way at the finish line.

Whilst the drams themselves and the evening in Speyside were welcome rewards for the runners, the teams were also delighted to have raised over £1,215 in support of the firm's charity partner, Breast Cancer Now, who provide support for those affected by breast cancer.