28 Aug

Thousands Take On Inaugural Great Aberdeen Run

Aberdeen’s Union Street was awash with thousands of runners and cheering spectators yesterday (Sunday 27 August) as the inaugural Great Aberdeen Run got off to an auspicious start. The event, which featured a half marathon and 10k, took participants through the most scenic areas of the Granite City, including Brig O’Balgownie and Old Aberdeen.

Olympic silver medallist swimmer Robbie Renwick started proceedings before running in the 10k himself.

After completing the race in 59:49, he said: “It was a brilliant event running in my home city! I'm so impressed at how many people were there having fun and also running for charities. I hope this event inspires people to live a fit and healthy lifestyle."

Kenny Wilson of Moray Road Runners was the fastest male in the 10k (31:54) with Scotland cross-country international Fiona Brian winning the women’s race in 36:31.

In the half marathon, GB international Robbie Simpson claimed victory in 1:08:41, while Fionnuala Ross was fastest female in 1:16:56.

Robbie commented on his performance afterwards: "It's great to be the first winner of this race. It was a good experience but I think it will only get harder to win in the future as I'm sure this event will grow and attract faster athletes."

The half marathon also saw Aberdonian Jim Tole enter into the Guinness Book of World Records, becoming the fastest person to run the distance in a kilt, clocking a time of 1:25:59.

He commented: “It’s not every day that you set a new world record and to do it here in my home city with my friends and family watching is absolutely amazing!”

For full results, visit our race listings section.