Are you taking part in the Great Aberdeen Run or heading along to spectate next weekend?
As the run returns to Aberdeen, we take a look at what you need to know about the event ahead of it kicking off later this month.
When does it take place?
Sunday 26 August 2018
What time does the event kick off?
The Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen 10km run starts at 9am and the Simplyhealth half marathon starts at 1.10pm.
What’s the course route?
Both the 10k and the marathon start and finish on Union Street.
Runners will venture east past Aberdeen’s Townhouse and towards Castlegate before turning right down Marischal Street towards Aberdeen Harbour and then along to the beachfront.
From here the 10k and half marathon runners will split, but with both groups taking in many iconic Aberdeen landmarks, including Old Aberdeen, the Kirk of St Nicholas, His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Union Terrace Gardens and new for 2018, a picturesque run through the beautiful Seaton Park.
Why has the route changed?
The route has been updated due to feedback from last year. The idea is to improve runner experience and allow flexibility on start and finish locations on Union Street, allowing organisers to utilise Union Terrace more effectively.
Main changes are the inclusion of Hillhead Students Village and Seaton Park, the start and finish will be further apart, and Golf Road which incorporates Seaton Park and St Machar, and Hillheaf Student Village too.
Don Street has been removed for this year’s event.
Will there be road closures?
Yes. Road closures will be running from 4.30am until 6.30pm. Re-openings of some roads take place between 12.15pm – 6pm. These times are approximate and may change on the day.
There will still be access to all local properties which has been agreed and will be maintained where safe to do so by race marshals until 8.30am.
All emergency services are permitted to travel through any road closure on the race course.
Can I just go along to support?
Of course! The more the merrier.
The public are encouraged to pop along to support the runners for both events.
The race will take runners along iconic Aberdeen landmarks and some spectators even created unofficial water stops, handed out jelly sweets and made banners to place in their gardens to show their support.
Local businesses can also get involved by offering promotions and if interested, can sign up here to the Great Runners Welcome : www.greatrun.org/greatrunnerswelcomehere
Will there be entertainment for everyone?
Along the route runners can expect to see a number of different bands, charity cheering points, musical entertainment and plenty of supporters cheering them on.