I have the pleasure of performing the starter’s duties for the 10k and half-marathon events at the Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run on Sunday and the excitement has been building through the week as thousands of participants make their final preparations.
There’s a fantastic weekend in store, starting tomorrow with the opening of the Celebrate Aberdeen weekend and continuing with Sunday’s run.
Celebrate Aberdeen, including the colourful parade down Union Street, is always a wonderful occasion and has become a mainstay of the city’s calendar.
I must take the opportunity to thanks Morven Mackenzie, the founder of Celebrate Aberdeen, and her team of dedicated volunteers for their efforts once again. It’s an event that continues to grow and grow, with tremendous goodwill from the third sector and the whole of Aberdeen and the north-east for the weekend’s packed programme. Aberdeen City Council is proud to support Celebrate Aberdeen and to play our part.
An enormous amount of work also goes into planning and staging the Great Aberdeen Run, with the Great Run Company and our own Council teams coming together to ensure everything is in place and runs like clockwork on the day.
To see thousands of runners out on the route last year for the inaugural event was brilliant, it underlined why we’re continuing to invest in broadening the events programme and showcased so many of our iconic landmarks.
There is also a great charity element of the run, very fitting on weekend when Celebrate Aberdeen pays tribute to the great work of Aberdeen’s third sector.
Great Aberdeen Run participants will raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for good causes, with charities aligned to the event this year including: MND Scotland; Cancer Research UK; Macmillan Cancer Support; STV Children’s Appeal; North East Sensory Service; The Archie Foundation; Friends of Anchor; Sur Ryder; Cahonas Scotland; Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland.
The weekend brings so many people from across our communities together in a true celebration of our city.
Good luck and a huge thank you to everyone taking part in Celebrate Aberdeen and the Great Aberdeen Run as well as to all those who will be involved in organising and running the events, not to mention everyone turning out to cheer on the participants or enjoy the entertainment.