Having already hosted one major sporting event this year – cycling’s Tour Series – Union Street will again be centre stage when the Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run takes place on Sunday 26th August.
The half-marathon will start at the top of Market Street and finish outside the Music Hall, framed by the glorious granite canyon that is Union Street.
What a magnificent sporting backdrop!
Last year I took part in the launch of a new book by The Academy of Urbanism at Marischal College. The book described Union Street a “thing of wonder” and “as grand an urban set-piece as anywhere in Europe”.
The Academy noted its role in the economic, social and civic life of the city, aspects that are all enriched by the run.
The route itself showcases all that’s great about our city – its rich history, its commerce, its green spaces.
Participants will pass the thriving harbour, the ancient Brig o’ Blagownie, and new for this year, Seaton Park, one of five Aberdeen parks to win a coveted Green Flag from Keep Scotland Beautiful this year.
Last year participants travelled from Singapore, South Africa and the United States, but thousands from Aberdeen and the North-east also lined up on Union Street and embarked on a journey of discovery and self-discovery.
There are still spaces for this year’s event and the chance to experience your city in a new and uniquely rewarding way.
Register your place online at: https://www.greatrun.org/great-aberdeen-run
Photos from Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run 2017.