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Sunday 27 August 2017

Brand new
half marathon, and 10k


Distance Half Marathon & 10K
Price Half Marathon - CLOSED, 10K - RUN FOR CHARITY
Location Aberdeen
Date 27 August 2017
Age Half marathon: 17 yrs old, 10k: 15 yrs old

Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run

Entries for the half marathon and family run are now sold out. But don't fret, you can still be a part of the brand new Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run by entering the 10k event via one of our amazing charities 

This brand new running event includes a half-marathon, 10k and family run taking place on Sunday 27th August, the day after the Celebrate Aberdeen parade.

Starting and finishing on Union Street in the heart of the city centre, you’ll join thousands of runners on a route that skirts through the most scenic parts of the Granite City.

Run, jog or walk over Brig o’Balgownie, through Old Aberdeen and take in the beautiful views of Aberdeen Bay.

10K Course Map

Starting and finishing on Union Street the 10k will take runners east, past Aberdeen Town House and towards the famous Castle Gate before turning right down Marischal Street towards Aberdeen Harbour. At the 3k point near the Beach Ballroom, runners will then head west and will join the half marathon route later as the course loops round Pittodrie Football Stadium.

Now into the second-half of the course, runners will follow Park Road and cross West North Street before eventually making their way past some of Aberdeen’s most iconic buildings and finishing back on Union Street, where they will be handed their goodie-filled finisher’s pack and medal.

Please note: the course may be subject to change.

Half Marathon Course Map

Also starting and finishing on Union Street the half marathon course follows the same 10k route for the first few miles before branching north at the Beach Ballroom along the Esplanade towards the River Don.

Having crossed the Bridge of Don, runners will enjoy the support from other participants afforded by a short out-and-back section on Ellon Road, before the picturesque Brig o Balgownie takes them across the Don for a second time as they pass half-way and head towards the historic cobbles of Old Aberdeen.

After a loop of Pittodrie Stadium runners will then pass by the beautifully reinstated Marischal College, and the new Marischal Square development will be a welcome sight at the top of Littlejohn Street before the Kirk of St Nicholas, His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Robert Gordons College and Union Terrace Gardens are passed on Rosemount Viaduct.

There's sure to be fantastic support as both routes head west along Carden Place. A turn back onto Albyn Place and one final push will bring Union Street and the finish line into view meaning that the cheering crowds, friends, family and that well-deserved medal are not far away!

Please note: the course may be subject to change.


Please see below for the 2017 event day timetable:

Time Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run
08:00 Event day information point & baggage drop off opens
08:40 Start assembly area opens
08:50 Start of the Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run 10k warm-up
09:00 Start of Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run 10k (red wave)
09:10 Start of Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run 10k (blue wave)
10:20 Start of the Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen half marathon warm-up
10:30 Start of Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run half marathon (orange wave)
10:38 Start of Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run half marathon (white wave)
10:46 Start of Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run half marathon (green wave)
10:54 Start of Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run half marathon (pink wave)
13:20 Start of the Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Family Run warm-up
13:30 Start of the Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Family Run

*NB. All times are subject to change in the lead up to the event


By car:

No matter where you start your journey in Scotland, Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire are simple to get to by car.

Aberdeen is approximately 2.5 hours’ drive from Edinburgh or Glasgow, less than a three hour drive from Inverness, and around 1.5 hours from Dundee. Well sign-posted, the surrounding area of Aberdeenshire is within close proximity of Aberdeen with the towns and villages easy to get to by major country and main roads.

For help with planning your journey to Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire please visit

Car parking:

There are plenty of car parking options to choose from on event day. Click here to see a full list >

Please note: the Bon Accord Centre car park on Harriet St will be accessible for parking between 7am and 9am, this car park has 300 spaces and is ideal for event parking. All vehicles must enter before 9am as the entrance will be closed from this time due to the event, although the exit will be unaffected. Those wishing to enter the car park should do so from the Denburn roundabout following John St, to George St, to St Andrews St, to Blackfriars St, to Schoolhill, to Harriet St.

By car

By bus:

First Group operate a high frequency network of services across the city. Find out more at

Stagecoach Bluebird’s buses link the towns and villages in Aberdeenshire. Visit to find out more.

Grasshopper passes are available in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council, Stagecoach and FirstBus. This pass is best used when hopping on and off the bus within a zone, and single destination tickets may sometimes be a cheaper option. 

Find out more at

By bus

By sea: Aberdeen Ferry Terminal is located at Jamieson’s Quay directly across from the shopping centre, Union Square and Aberdeen train station.

For more information about travelling from Orkney and Shetland and for ferry timetables please visit

By sea

By air:

Aberdeen International Airport is located just six miles from Aberdeen city centre.

The region is well connected globally with daily flights to all major airports including all three London airports, Frankfurt, Paris and Amsterdam. The international airport also has many direct routes to most UK cities as well as many key European destinations.

For further information and to book your flight visit

By air

By train:

Aberdeen train station has frequent, fast and reliable services to and from major cities, and is just a five minute walk to the start line on Union Street. Scotrail provides an express rail service direct to Aberdeen from many major cities.

For timetables and to book your train tickets visit

Aberdeen can also be reached overnight from London on the Caledonian Sleeper. Visit for more information.

Virgin Trains East Coast frequently run services from Edinburgh, York, Newcastle and London. Find out more at

National Rail offers rail services to Aberdeen and the surrounding area, perhaps when you get here you may wish to travel to towns including Dyce, Inverurie and Huntly, visit for more details.

Please be aware of long term engineering works – GLASGOW to ABERDEEN:

On Sunday to Thursday evenings after 8pm, until Sunday 10 September, services may be diverted via Polmont or cancelled. Replacement buses operate when there are no trains running. The last trains of the day heading north may depart earlier than usual. For specific timetable information: check your journey on

Until 27 August - buses replace trains between Kilmarnock and Dumfries, calling at all intermediate stations due to engineering works.

By train

Event Location

Famed for its sparkling architecture, Aberdeen is lined with classic granite buildings as well as an abundance of museums, galleries, parks, and gardens. The city is cosmopolitan with plenty of exciting festivals and events happening all year-round creating a distinct cultural offering.

With its own beach nestled only a stones through from the city centre, ships dock in the working harbour and regularly spotted are the dolphins that leap at the harbour mouth.

Becoming increasingly well known for its delectable food and drink offering, Aberdeen is a fantastic place to try local produce. From stylish to traditional bars, fine dining restaurants and bistros, there’s no shortage of places to sample local craft beers, fresh seafood, Aberdeen Angus Beef and of course, their famous whisky.

Event Location

Organised by a team of volunteers, Celebrate Aberdeen is a unique celebration which has been held in the city every summer since 2011.

Taking place on Saturday 26 August, the event will include the popular parade, as well as a host of music performances to showcase local talent. The parade involves different charities, social enterprises and volunteering organisations uniting in a procession through the heart of the city.

Musical and theatrical performances will be held within Aberdeen City Centre throughout the fun-filled weekend, which is supported by Aberdeen City Council, and aims to provide a platform to celebrate the great talent in the city. Click here to find out more about Celebrate Aberdeen

Celebrate Aberdeen

Great Runners Welcome Here

To find out how to take advantage of the free Great Runners Welcome Here offers linked to your event click here.

Your Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run offers:

  • Angels Hair Design

    20% off during August. Only available Monday to Friday. Hairdressing and Nail bar services. To book call 01224 645103/611743 or visit
    Angels Hair Design
    8 Schoolhill
    AB10 1JX

  • Ensuite Dreams

    Two night B&B stay (26th & 27th Aug.) in an ensuite room for £100. Quote GAR2017

    • St Elmo Guest House, 64 Hilton Drive
    • Ashberry Apartment, FAO Kenneth & Alison Watt

  • Jurys Inn Union Square

    Discounted Bed and Breakfast rates over the Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run weekend. £95 on Saturday 26th August and £65 on Sunday 27th August. To book contact
    Union Square
    Guild Street
    AB11 5RG

  • McGinty's Meal An' Ale

    20% off main meals when you show your run medal on Sunday 27th Aug. Offer valid 12noon to 9pm on Sunday 27th Aug - must show run medal or confirmation of participation.
    504 Union Street

  • No.10 Bar & Restaurant

    Kids eat free on Sunday 27th August following the Family Run(Under 10s and must show medal or confirmation of run) Sunday lunch – 20% off food bill from 12pm to 6pm when you show run medal (Sunday 27th Aug)
    10 Queens Terrace


    Offer 1: Share our SELERA MALAYSIA BISTRO Facebook page and get Iced Bandung (Iced Rose Milk) for just £ 1 each glass. (Will have to show proof) Offer 2: Participants of Great Aberdeen Run who bring at least 4 people to our Weekend Buffet or A la carte Dinner will bring home a pack of our Nasi Lemak f.o.c. Both offers valid from 25th August 2017 to 29th August 2017 only. For booking, further details, terms & conditions please call 07719236093 or email
    19 Correction Wynd
    AB10 1HP


    SQUAD are delighted to offer all 2017 Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Runners 15% off any SQUAD online at The offer is valid from 1st - 31st August 2017. SQUAD's high quality, performance snoods are all made to order in Aberdeen by Social Stuff; a social enterprise giving 100% profits to charity. Simply enter code ABERDEENRUN2017 at checkout to receive your 15% discount. Offer valid from 1st-31st August 2017.
    Social Stuff Ltd t/a SQUAD
    Citrus House
    Greenbank Road
    AB12 3BQ

  • The Craibstone Suites

    Book direct with us from 25th - 27th August and get a free upgrade
    15 Bon Accord Square
    AB11 6DJ

  • The Stag

    20% off main meals when you show your run medal on Sunday 27th Aug. Offer valid 12noon to 9pm on Sunday 27th Aug - must show run medal or confirmation of participation.
    The Stag
    6 Crown Street

  • DeeTour Ltd

    Offering 20% off the Royal Deeside Passport Tour travel guide & discount vouchers Royal Deeside PassporTour is a 128 page pocket sized visitor guide, with a map & vouchers offering discounts, £200 + of potential savings & offers from local businesses in Braemar, Crathie, Balmoral, Ballater, Dinnet, Glen Tanar, Tarland, Torphins, Lumphanan, Ballogie, Finzean, Banchory, Crathes, Drumoak in Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire Scotland. The gateway to the Cairngorms National Park Sample pages at Stockists Buy online at Offer Valid for 1st August – 31 August 2017 Quote an Online code of RDPGR20 Website
    15 Battock Terrace
    AB31 4JD

  • Haigs Food Hall

    Sunday 27th August 11am until 5pm all runners in the event will be entitled to 10% discount across the store, excluding alcohol and pop-a-ball products, by quoting "Great Aberdeen Runner" at the check out.
    45 - 51 Schoolhill
    AB10 1JT

  • McDonald's Restaurants

    £1.99 for Chicken Sandwich and Fries or Big Mac and Fries (offer valid on Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 August)
    McDonald's Restaurnts Aberdeen
    Union St, Asda Garthdee, Kittybrewster Retail Park, Bucksburn Roundabout, Bridge of Don

  • National Trust for Scotland

    10% Discounted entry to any National Trust for Scotland property in Aberdeenshire between Saturday 26 - Sunday 27 August 2017 on presentation of your run number.
    List of properties to be provided, (including: Crathes Castle, Drum Castle, Craigievar Castle, Castle Fraser, Haddo House, Fyvie
    AB31 5QH

  • Park Inn by Radisson

    Ensure rest and relaxation before the run when you book a stay on Saturday 26th August. If you want to maximize your stay, include either the Friday 25th August or Sunday 27th August and save 20% on those nights. Email
    1 Justice Mill Lane
    AB11 6 EQ

  • Skene House Hotel Suites

    10% discount on our best available rates on bed and breakfast at Skene House Rosemount or Skene House Holburn valid Aug 25th to Aug 27th, subject to availability, quote festivals upon booking.
    96 Rosemount Viaduct

  • The Butterworth Gallery

    Offering 20% off any unframed print purchased at the Gallery or online. Offer Valid between 1st August – 30 Sept 2017 Quote an Online code of 15GR17
    The Butterworth Gallery
    AB34 5DP

  • The Ferryhill House Hotel

    The Ferryhill House Hotel is the ideal base for your weekend stay. Planning to stay on the Sunday evening after the run? Book direct on our website and use the promo code ‘SUN60′ and you will receive the room for £60. Whether you’re taking part in the half marathon, 10k, family run or simply cheering from the sidelines, you will be in need of some hearty food! On Sundays, we serve up our extensive menu along with a Sunday roast and breakfast from 9am. To say ‘well done’, we have some great offers for you & the family to enjoy: - 20% off your total food bill when you show your run medal and quote ‘GreatRunFerry’ - Family Run – show your medal from the family run and kids will eat free
    169 Bon Accord Street
    AB11 6UA


How To Enter

Choose your distance

Half Marathon

Suitable for anyone aged 17 years old and over.



Open to Charities
Suitable for anyone aged 15 years old and over.

Find a charity