Concerns over the future of the Celebrate Aberdeen Union Street mile have been cast aside and the event will go ahead on Saturday August 25 – with races for senior athletes as well as primary and secondary school children.
The event will once again be the curtain-raiser to a fantastic weekend of running in the Granite City with the Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen 10km, half marathon and family fun run bringing more than 7,000 runners onto the streets 24 hours later.
Some doubts had been expressed about the future of the mile but the North East Athletics Partnership has stepped in to organise the event, with Jackie Stewart and Peter Jennings becoming joint race directors.
Jennings said:”We are delighted to be able to put this event on again this year with great support from Celebrate Aberdeen.
“The races will be held immediately before the Celebrate Aberdeen Parade which showcases many of the city’s wonderful community organisations.
“The senior race is open to all men who can complete the distance in under 10min and for women who can break 11min.
“There’s also races for Primary 6 and 7 pupils as well as S1 and S2 secondary pupils.”
Runners will aim to test themselves against the course record of 4min 14secs achieved by Scotland international Robert Russell (Central AC) in 2011.
The women’s record of 5:01 was set by Aberdeen AAC’s Commonwealth Youth Games international Naomi Lang in 2016.
Jennings added:”Hopefully some of the athletes planning to compete in the Great Aberdeen Run the following day might be tempted to sharpen up by doing the mile.
“I’m sure we will get a big turnout and it will be another successful event.”