Aberdeen to chase new events after run success

With the curtain falling on the Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run, the focus has switched to finding new ways to grow the city’s events calendar.

On 25 August, 5,000 club runners, recreational joggers and charity fundraisers joined some of Scotland’s top athletes for the 10km and half marathon.

Both events, including the one-mile Family Run, started and finished on Union Street.

The Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run was staged in partnership with Aberdeen City Council, Celebrate Aberdeen, VisitAberdeenshire, Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce and Aberdeen Inspired.

The Council and partners are now exploring new sporting and cultural opportunities to further develop “Aberdeen 365”, which has helped bring cycling’s Tour Series and the Nuart street festival to the city.

Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, said: “Over the past three years, the Great Aberdeen Run has really shown off the gems of our city and the surrounding area, and attracted thousands of people to take part.

“I do believe there is a strong desire by many to see an event of this scale and ambition continue in the city centre and wider Aberdeen and we will look to support appropriately.”

Chris Foy, Chief executive, VisitAberdeenshire heralded the event as “another great chapter in the city’s sporting history”.

In the half marathon, James Hoad won in 69.06 minutes and Ben Ward took victory in the 10k in 32.59.

Fiona Brian was the first female home in the half marathon (78.04) and Claire Bruce was first in the 10k (37.17).

For more about Aberdeen 365, click here.