Calls are growing to bring back Aberdeen Marathon after a 24-year absence with Scottish 800m runner Myles Edwards one of the leading voices. Myles' father, Scottish distance running great Mel Edwards, organised the first Aberdeen Marathon in 1979.
The original race was a four-lap route through Bridge of Don which was completed by 62 runners. In its 11-year history, the marathon included several courses taking in the city centre, beach and heading out along Deeside. At its peak the marathon attracted over 1300 participants.
Myles has stated that the new Aberdeen Marathon would have to include a course featuring Union Street as well as some of the city's parks if it were to be a success. The Aberdeen Marathon Facebook page was launched on Saturday and already has close to 2,300 likes with the accompanying Twitter account (@AbdnMarathon) also gaining in popularity.
The Facebook page posted: "We are astounded by the likability of our group. The more it's talked about the better the chance. We want this marathon back for you, our city and the endless in need it can help. Spread the word!"
Runner, David Langan, has blogged about the history of the event and says of its potential return: “Obviously laying out a 26.2 mile course around Aberdeen would require lots of planning, road closures etc but it is by no means impossible and I think it is fantastic someone has the vision to take this on and do this properly.”
For more information, visit the Aberdeen Marathon Facebook page.