Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run

If you’re already entered your run number will be sent out approximately 2 weeks before and we’ll be in touch by email to keep you up to date with everything you need to know.

We'll update this page with all of the information you'll need about the event a little closer to the time but in the meantime, if you need any help just get in touch with our customer services team.


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 4k point near the Beach Ballroom, they will head west and pass Pittodrie Football Stadium.

Runners then pass the beautifully reinstated Marischal College, and the new Marischal Square development will be a welcome sight at the top of Littlejohn Street before His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen Art Gallery and Robert Gordons College are passed on Rosemount Viaduct.

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: this is the 2018 course and may be subject to change.

Half Marathon Course Map

The half marathon follows the same 10k route for the first few miles before continuing north along the Esplanade towards the River Don.

After crossing the Bridge of Don and completing a short out-and-back section on Ellon Road, they turn towards the historic and picturesque Brig o’ Balgownie. The route then heads through a new section in the beautiful Seaton Park and continues through Old Aberdeen and the University of Aberdeen.

After passing Pittodrie Stadium runners will head towards the beautifully reinstated Marischal College, and the new Marischal Square development will be a welcome sight at the top of Littlejohn Street before His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen Art Gallery and Robert Gordons College are passed on Rosemount Viaduct.

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: this is the 2018 course and may be subject to change.

Course Video

 

Timetable

Please see below for the 2018 event day timetable for reference:

Time Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run
08:00 Event day information point & baggage drop off 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) (inclues jogscotland starting pen)
10:20 Start of the Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen half marathon warm-up
10:30 Start of Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run half marathon (orange and fast paced yellow and white stripe wave)
10:34 Start of Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run half marathon (white wave)
10:40 Start of Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run half marathon (green wave)
10:44 Start of Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Run half marathon (pink wave)
13:00 Start of the Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Family Mile warm-up
13:10 Start of the Simplyhealth Great Aberdeen Family Mile

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

Travel

First Group operate a high frequency network of services across the city. Find out more at www.firstgroup.com. Stagecoach Bluebird’s buses link the towns and villages in Aberdeenshire. Visit www.stagecoachbus.com 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 www.grasshopperpass.com.
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 www.northlinkferries.co.uk.
By sea
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 www.aberdeenairport.com.
By air
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 www.scotrail.co.uk. Aberdeen can also be reached overnight from London on the Caledonian Sleeper. Visit www.sleeper.scot for more information. Virgin Trains East Coast frequently run services from Edinburgh, York, Newcastle and London. Find out more at www.virgintrainseastcoast.com. 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 www.nationalrail.co.uk for more details.
By Train

Club Runners

Prize money is available for British athletes in both the half marathon and 10K distance 

Position Women  Men
1st  £200 + entry in 2019 event £200 + entry in 2019 event
2nd  £100 + entry in 2019 event £100 + entry in 2019 event
3rd  £50 + entry in 2019 event £50 + entry in 2019 event
4th  6 month Athletics Weekly Sub 6 month Athletics Weekly Sub
5th  6 month Athletics Weekly Sub 6 month Athletics Weekly Sub

The club challenge takes place within the half marathon race only. 

The Great Run Club Challenge is open to UK athletics and running clubs affiliated to their home country athletics association.  Athletes must be registered club members (checks will be made).

Scoring: Four women + Four men.   Winner will be the team with the lowest combined finish time.  Clubs are encouraged to enter as many athletes as possible (athletes must indicate that they are a club member on the online entry form, drop down box).  The first 4 men and first 4 women will be counted

Position Club Team
1st  £400 + 8 entries into 2019 event
2nd  8 free entries into 2019 event

 

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