Advice on running routes around Aberdeen

Posted by: Ally Barron

Posted on: 31st Mar 2017

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I hope everyone’s training is going great and you are excited for the Baker Hughes 10k! Aberdeen is a great for place to run, with loads of parks, beaches and running trails in the city or nearby. Here are three areas I particularly enjoy for various reasons:

First up it’s the beach promenade, where the race itself will take place! It’s a pretty straight run along the beach from Fittie to the Bridge of Don, with not too many hills to deal with! Try doing sections of it as you work your way up to bigger distances. There’s always plenty to look at with the cafes, fun beach and sea to watch as you speed on by! Have a look at the map below to see the official Baker Hughes 10k route too – no better way to train than to try out the course itself!

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For something completely different try out Hazlehead Park. There are a few paths around the area, and it makes for a great run in the leafy surroundings. Running on the grass is also a good way to soften the impact for those who may get sore knees or ankles from time to time. Every Saturday morning there is a 5km parkrun too which runs a great route around the golf course – and its free! Find out more about Hazlehead Park routes here.

Finally we have the old Deeside railway track. It’s a great little run within the city that makes you feel you are away from all the hustle and bustle of the City. Start off at the entrance to Duthie Park and run out as far as you like before doubling back. There is also the option of including a loop around some of the quiet housing areas – it’s a great area to make up some interesting routes for training! The track runs 16km (10miles) all the way out to Drumoak for those long-distance runners among you (although you might need to take a bus back!!) Look at the route here.

Have fun wherever you run, if you try out one of these and enjoy it please let us know. And if it’s raining down horrible - remember we’ve always got plenty treadmills at Sport Aberdeen for you to get your miles in on instead ;)

That’s all from me this week. I hope the tips help you to have a week of fun and happy running!  

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