More than 4,500 runners took part in Aberdeen’s Baker Hughes 10K Running Festival as it celebrated its 30th birthday on Sunday (15 May). The event saw competitors heading off from Beach Boulevard then through Footdee, along Beach Esplanade and back along King Street, Golf Road and Urquhart Road to finish near the Beach Ballroom.
Aberdeen AAC’s Will Mackay successfully defended his men’s title, winning the race in 31:48. Clubmate Nicola Gauld was fastest female in 36:26, collecting her third title in five years. The midpoint runner was Andrew Wales with a time of 59:46.
To keep spectators entertained, organisers provided a skating ramp, inflatable pitches, science demonstrations and a vegan cafe. A Sport Aberdeen spokesperson commented: “It’s always good to see the whole city rally behind this event.”
Aberdeen DJ Miss Suzie Mac, who took part in the event for the first time, tweeted her incredulity afterwards: “Can't believe I actually completed my first 10k 😮💪🏼💥 #BakerHughes10k @sportaberdeen @mickysuziepete”
Kirsty Blackman, the SNP MP for Aberdeen North, was also running in the event to raise funds for Aberdeen Cyernians. She told her Twitter followers: “Tank well and truly emptied. ££s raised for @Abdn_Cyrenians! :) thanks to all volunteers for @BakerHughes10K”
For a full list of results, visit our race listings page.
Image courtesy Sport Aberdeen