300 young athletes sign up to Great Aberdeen Run as spaces in family event are snapped up

Spots for the family race in the inaugural Great Aberdeen Run have been snapped up two weeks before the event is due to take place.

Around 300 young runners and budding athletes are set to take on the one-mile route around the city centre starting and finishing on Union Street.

It follows on from the 10k run selling out last week and only limited spaces being available for the half marathon.

The August 27 event will see participants pass some famous landmarks, including the Beach Promenade, the harbour, Pittodrie, the University of Aberdeen and the historic Brig o’Balgownie.

Kerry Simpson, communications manager at The Great Run Company, said: “The Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run isn’t just for adults, it’s a great day out for the whole family, and we can’t wait to see people of all ages crossing the finish line in two weeks, all in aid of fun, fitness and fundraising.”

The run is being organised in partnership with Simplyhealth, Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce, VisitAberdeenshire and Aberdeen Inspired.

It is being supported by the Aberdeen City Centre Masterplan.

The Great Run Company holds events in more than 15 locations, including its flagship event – the Great North Run in Newcastle – the world’s biggest half marathon with 57,000 entrants.

In the past, elite runners from around the world have descended on Great Runs, such as Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah.

So far people from Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, South Africa and Singapore are taking part in the half marathon.

Meanwhile, runners from the United States, Austria, Canada and Norway will be taking part in the shorter 10K.

Councillor Michael Hutchison, who represents George Street and the harbour said: “The race should be a great boost for local business and visitors in the city.

“I’m hoping the runners who have come from outwith the city get a chance to see the great sites of Aberdeen and return at a later date.”

Entries for the half marathon close on Monday at 4pm.