I must take the opportunity to say thank you to everyone who took part, to everyone who turned out to cheer on the participants and to everyone who played their part in the massive operation to turn the vision of the Great Aberdeen Run into reality.
It was quite simply a fantastic event and one the city can truly be proud of.
As the footage and photographs from all corners of the route show, Aberdeen provided a sparkling backdrop – but it was people who made the inaugural Great Aberdeen Run the success it was.
As we hoped it would do when Aberdeen City Council and the Great Run Company announced the plans last year, the event brought individuals, groups and communities together. Not only that, it also brought visitors from at home and abroad to play their part in what was a vibrant and hugely positive day. Even the weather treated us kindly!
To see Union Street come alive and the buzz that there was not only at the start and finish but all across the city was inspiring. It really does whet the appetite for more.
New attractions such as the Great Aberdeen Run, Spectra, Nuart, the Christmas Village and Tour Series cycling sit side by side on the calendar with the traditional events, such as the Aberdeen Highland Games and the Winter Festival, in what is a rapidly evolving programme.
In a very short space of time the outlook of the area has changed and I think everyone now recognises Aberdeen’s role as a host of world class events. As a Council we will continue to help that grow and thrive, not only in recognition of the economic benefits these major events bring but equally in support of the community benefits and spirit they create.
Of course, the weekend was not all about the Great Aberdeen Run. The now well-established Celebrate Aberdeen programme complemented the run perfectly, with the colour and energy of the parade on Saturday – recognising in particular the contribution third sector organisations make to all of our lives – as well as the packed programme of entertainment over two days.
Again, on behalf of the Council my thanks go out to all of those who volunteered to make Celebrate Aberdeen possible as well as to all who took part in many different guises.
An incredible amount of hard work went in behind the scenes to make both the Great Aberdeen Run and Celebrate Aberdeen happen but I am sure we would all agree that it paid off in a wonderful way.
Councillor Jenny Laing