Congratulations to the many staff from across the Council who took part in the Great Aberdeen Run on Sunday – I know there are some aching limbs this week, but lots of proud participants too!
It was another fantastic showcase for the city, with thousands of runners taking to the streets, and my thanks go to everyone who made it possible – teams from City Growth, Operations and Protective Services and External Communications were all on duty over the weekend to make sure the event ran smoothly as well as in the weeks and months leading up to it with support from many other clusters. They even arranged for the sun to shine!
The Great Aberdeen Run is a great example of the Team principle – one team, one Council, one city – on so many levels. We have worked hand in hand with partners including the Great Run Company, Visit Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen Inspired to deliver event over the past three years and the city has responded by signing up to take part as well as cheering runners on around the course.
The same community spirit was just as evident on Saturday when Celebrate Aberdeen took centre stage. We’re proud to support that fantastic celebration of the contribution the third sector makes to the city and I know how much the appreciation showed by the public means to the volunteers and staff from all the charities and organisations who take part in the parade and programme of events over the course of the weekend.
The Great Aberdeen Run has reached the end of its three-year contract, which partners have decided not to extend into next year, but other options to build on the foundations that have been built are being explored.
The Council has had an important role in attracting ambitious and high-profile events to the city in recent years – everything from the run and Tour Series cycling to Nuart and Spectra. The Aberdeen 365 events programme will continue to evolve and to keep the calendar fresh the line-up will change from year to year.
It has been great to see people embrace the Great Aberdeen Run during the past three years and I’m sure the response will be just the same to new additions, with the Tour of Britain’s debut in the north-east looming and Spectra returning in 2020 after a one year break. These events bring our communities and visitors together and it’s fantastic to see.
Attracting the Tour of Britain is a significant coup for the city and region, aided in no small part by the way our own teams supported the Tour Series events and, just as importantly, by the tremendous public reaction.
Great teamwork and partnerships are at the root of the success we have had and there’s a huge amount to look forward to in the remaining months of 2019 and the year ahead.
Thank you once again to everyone who made the weekend a special one for Aberdeen.