27 Aug

Sun shines as it sets on Great Aberdeen Run


5,000 runners took to the streets of the Granite City on Sunday (25 August) for the third and final Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run.

Each of the event’s three runs – the 10k, half marathon and one-mile Family Run – started and finished in blazing sunshine on Union Street in the heart of the city centre. Among the runners were dedicated waves from Aberdeen University, Police Scotland, jogscotland and Aberdeen Football Club.

Feedback from runners about the route, the organisation and the support along the way – was very positive, with many PBs reported despite the heat. But many finishers – and some runners who were not able to take part in the event over the course of its short life for one reason or another – expressed disappointment that Sunday’s event will be the last of its kind.     

Commenting on their final event in the city, a spokesperson for the Great Run Company said: "We'd like to thank all of our partners for their support and the people of Aberdeen for getting behind the event, whether as runners, volunteers or spectators over the last three years."

Runners from the North East dominated the podia of both main races, with Metro Aberdeen taking three of the four possible wins.

Metro Aberdeen’s Ben Ward won the 10K in 32.59, closely followed by his clubmate Chris Richardson who clinched second (33.12). Fraserburgh RC’s Max Abernethy took third (33.31).

Metro Aberdeen's Claire Bruce finished 37.17 for 16th place overall and first female. Lucy Mitchell of Falkirk Victoris Harriers took second (39.26) and Hannah Morrison of Metro Aberdeen third (39.48).

Giving Metro Aberdeen a third top podium spot, Fiona Brian finished ninth overall in the half marathon and was first female home in 78.04. Last year's winner Virginie Barrand came second in 82.39, with Nicola MacDonald’s third place finish (82.54) securing the whole women’s podium for Metro Aberdeen.

Aberdeen AAC’s James Hoad won the men's half marathon in a time of 69.06. Metro Aberdeen’s Jason Kelly second in 72.44 and Inverness Harriers’ Donnie Macdonald third in 73.34.

In contrast to the thousands taking part in the GAR, only 32 runners completed Saturday’s Union Street Mile, one of the opening attractions of the Celebrate Aberdeen festival.

Metro Aberdeen’s Jason Kelly took the win in 4.35.53, with clubmate Scott Macleod following (4.46.74). Inverness Harrier Jenny Bannerman (4.55.31) took third overall and first female; Carly McNeil took second (5.42.57).

Image: Great Run Company