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North East


Race Listing for North East

Date Event Location Results
07 May 2019 Krunce Series Race 2 of 6Kirkhill, Aberdeen
16 May 2019 Pressendye Hill Race Cosmic Series 2Tarland, near AboyneResults
22 Jun 2019 Aberdeen Runway RunAberdeen Airport, AberdeenResults
21 Jul 2019 Spey Runners Jean Carr RaceThe Square, Fochabers
27 Jul 2019 Greenwood Loch Charity Fun RunGreenwood Loch Holiday Park, Turriff
01 Sep 2019 Speyside Windfarm Challenge 12 MilesKnockando, Moray, Results
01 Sep 2019 Speyside Windfarm Challenge 10KKnockando, Moray, Results
15 Sep 2019 Deveron Valley Half MarathonDuff House Rugby Club, BanffResults
04 Oct 2019 Run-4-It Proms 3K Winter Series Race 1Beach Promenade, AberdeenResults
05 Oct 2019 Coast & Castle Trail Run & Beer TastingWindswept Brewery Tap Room, Lossiemouth
06 Oct 2019 Middleton Trust Road RacesVictoria Hall, Ellon
19 Oct 2019 Kinord 10KKinord Hall, Dinnet, AberdeenshireResults
26 Oct 2019 Illuminator Night Trail RaceCommunity Centre, AboyneResults
01 Nov 2019 Run-4-It Proms 3K Winter Series Race 2Beach Promenade, AberdeenResults
09 Nov 2019 Auchterarder 10K Chilli Trail Race, Results
10 Nov 2019 Peterhead 10KDales Park, PeterheadResults
23 Nov 2019 North District XC League Race 3Grant Park, ForresResults
30 Nov 2019 Kelly's Herts RAG Run, Results
30 Nov 2019 Foxtrail Nocturnal Ultra Marathon, Results
06 Dec 2019 Run-4-It Proms 3K Winter Series Race 3Beach Promenade, AberdeenResults
08 Dec 2019 Den DasherThe Haughs, Turriff
15 Dec 2019 Aberdeen Santa RunAberdeen Sports Village, Aberdeen
26 Dec 2019 Nairn Turkey TrotMaggot Sports Ground, NairnResults
30 Dec 2019 Brewdog Christmas RunUnion Street, Aberdeen
04 Jan 2020 El-Brim-ick DashTyrebagger, AberdeenResults
10 Jan 2020 Run-4-It Proms 3K Winter Series Race 4Beach Promenade, AberdeenResults
18 Jan 2020 North District XC League Race 4Aden Park, MintlawResults
07 Feb 2020 Run-4-It Proms 3K Winter Series Race 5Beach Promenade, AberdeenResults
09 Feb 2020 BA XCountry 4K & 8KBA Country Stores, Westhill
16 Feb 2020 Fetteresso Forest MarathonFetteresso Forest, StonehavenResults
16 Feb 2020 Kinloss to Lossiemouth Half MarathonLossiemouth Community Centre, LossiemouthResults
16 Feb 2020 Seaton Park 7K and Junior RunSeaton Park, Aberdeen
01 Mar 2020 Daviot DashDaviot, Inverurie
01 Mar 2020 Nairn 10KCommunity Centre, NairnResults
06 Mar 2020 Run-4-It Proms 3K Winter Series Race 6Beach Promenade, AberdeenResults
15 Mar 2020 Lathallan School 9.0Lathallan School, Johnshaven
29 Mar 2020 Moray Road Runners 10KVillage Hall, Miltonduff by Elgin
04 Apr 2020 Deeside Brewery Clachnaben Hill RaceBy Strachan, South Deeside
05 Apr 2020 Glenlivet 10KGlenlivet Distillery, Moray
07 Apr 2020 Krunce Series Race 1 of 6Kirkhill, Aberdeen
12 Apr 2020 Buckie 10K & Junior 3K RunBuckie High School, Buckie
23 Apr 2020 Scolty Hill Race Cosmic Summer Series 1 of 5Scolty Forest Car Park, Banchory
25 Apr 2020 Methlick 5K & 10KScout Hut, Methlick, Aberdeenshire
25 Apr 2020 Old Mart Gym 10KOld Mart Gym, Maud, Maud
26 Apr 2020 Archiestown 5KThe Village Hall, Archiestown
28 Apr 2020 Fun Run For Friends Of Orchard BraeSeaton Park, Aberdeen
02 May 2020 Fetterangus Fun RunVillage Hall, Fetterangus, Aberdeenshire
17 May 2020 Monymusk Muddy RunMonymusk Village Hall, Inverurie
17 May 2020 Gordon Castle 10KGordon Castle Estate, Fochabers
02 Jun 2020 Krunce Series Race 3 of 6South Kirkhill, Dyce
05 Jun 2020 Metro Aberdeen Beach 10KThe Beach Esplanade, Aberdeen
14 Jun 2020 Race for Life Aberdeen 5K & 10KKings Links, Beach Esplanade, Aberdeen
14 Jun 2020 Fraserburgh 10KJames Ramsay Park Pavillion, Fraserburgh
18 Jun 2020 Hill of Fare Cosmic Summer Series 3 of 5Forestry site, Banchory
21 Jun 2020 Portsoy 10K & Fun RunRecreation Park, Portsoy
24 Jun 2020 Creag Choinnich Hill RaceBraemar Castle, Ballater
27 Jun 2020 Drumtochty Games RaceDrumtochty Castle, Auchenblae
16 Jul 2020 Mither Tap Race Cosmic Summer Series 4 of 5Visitor Centre, Bennachie
02 Aug 2020 Buchan Trail MarathonAden Country Park, Mintlaw
02 Aug 2020 The Railway RelayLeisure Centre, Peterhead
02 Aug 2020 Heart of the Park ChallengeHighland Games Park, Braemar
04 Aug 2020 Krunce Series Race 5 of 6Kirkhill Forest, Aberdeen
09 Aug 2020 Dyce Half MarathonPitmedden Road Playing Field, Aberdeen
13 Aug 2020 Ballater Games Hill RaceMonaltrie Park, Ballater
20 Aug 2020 Cheyne Hill Race Cosmic Summer Series 5 of 5Cheyne Woods, Stonehaven
22 Aug 2020 Type 2 Fun RunBraemar, Braemar
23 Aug 2020 Anna Hutcheon Memorial 5KHatton Playing Field, Hatton
23 Aug 2020 Hatton Gala 10KHatton Playing Field, Hatton
29 Aug 2020 Mormond Hill RunStrichen, Fraserburgh
30 Aug 2020 Baker Hughes Aberdeen Running FestivalSports Village, Aberdeen
05 Sep 2020 Huntly Room to Run 10K, 5K & Junior RunsThe Gordon Schools, Huntly
05 Sep 2020 Huntly Half MarathonThe Gordon Schools, Huntly
19 Sep 2020 PIM Half Marathon & 5KCrathes Castle, Banchory
27 Sep 2020 Intellicore Red RunFetternear Hall, Kemnay
27 Sep 2020 SensationALL Westhill 10K & Junior Fun RunsWesthill Academy, Westhill
27 Sep 2020 Bennachie Hill RaceBack O'Bennachie, Oyne
10 Oct 2020 Bennachie Ultra MarathonBennachie Visitor Centre, InverurieResults
01 Nov 2020 Spey Runners Monumental ChallengeWinding Walks, Fochabers
07 Nov 2020 Aberdeen MoRun 10K, 5K & 1.5KHazlehead Park, Aberdeen
14 Nov 2020 Speyside Way RaceCragganmore Distillery, Ballindalloch
15 Nov 2020 Fraserburgh Half MarathonJames Ramsay Park Pavilion, Fraserburgh
31 Dec 2020 New Deer Fun RunAll Weather Facility,, New Deer
02 Jan 2021 Lumphanan Detox 10KRecreation Park, Lumphanan
08 May 2021 Formartine & Buchan Railway 12 Hour UltraVillage Hall, Auchnagatt, Aberdeenshire
14 May 2021 Brew Toon Longside LoopParish Church Hall, Longside
16 May 2021 Run Garioch Half Marathon, 10K, 5K & Junior RaceGarioch Sports Centre, Inverurie
29 May 2021 Kayleigh's Wee Stars Barra 10KMeldrum Academy, Oldmeldrum
05 Jun 2021 BrewDog RunCastlegate, Aberdeen
05 Jun 2021 Cairngorms Ultra Trail RaceMar Lodge, Braemar
06 Jun 2021 Dunnydeer Hill RaceInsch Hospital, Insch
19 Jun 2021 Saltire 24Knockburn Sports Loch, Banchory
27 Jun 2021 Lairig GhruLairig Ghru, Braemar
03 Jul 2021 Forres Highland Games 10KGrant Park, Forres
04 Jul 2021 Back to Basics 10KBenromach Distillery, Forres
04 Jul 2021 Stonehaven Half MarathonMineralwell Park, Stonehaven
12 Jul 2021 Chapelton of Elsick 10KHume Square, Chapelton, Aberdeenshire
25 Jul 2021 Alford 10KGrampian Transport Museum, Alford
25 Jul 2021 Ballater 10 Mile Road RaceMonaltrie Park, Ballater
31 Jul 2021 Beach BallisticBalmedie Country Park, Balmedie
07 Aug 2021 Aboyne Games RaceAboyne Green, Aboyne
29 Aug 2021 Run Banchory 10K & Fun RunKing George V Park, Banchory
04 Sep 2021 ​Glack Trail RunGlack Hill, Aberdeenshire
12 Sep 2021 Lough Cutra Castle Marathon, Half Marathon & 10KLough Cutra Castle, Co Galway
25 Sep 2021 Prime Four Beast Race BanchoryKnockburn Sporting Loch, Banchory
16 Oct 2021 The DramathonGlenfiddich Distillery, Dufftown
30 Oct 2021 Inflatable 5K AberdeenP&J Live, Aberdeen
12 Mar 2022 D33 UltraDuthie Park, Aberdeen
23 Apr 2022 RunBalmoral 10K, 5K & School RacesBalmoral Castle Estate, Ballater
24 Apr 2022 RunBalmoral 15 Mile & 3 Mile Trail RacesBalmoral Castle Estate, Ballater
30 Jul 2022 Ben Rinnes 5 Tops Hill RaceHighland Games, Dufftown

About the area

Aberdeen might have lost its marathon in the 1990s, but the north-east - including Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray - has certainly not lost its love of running.

Aberdeenshire's motto is 'from mountain to sea, the very best of Scotland', and the same holds true for all the region's running. Every type of terrain imaginable is on offer in the north-east, including hills, beaches, dunes, quiet country roads, busy city streets, forestry track, disused railway lines and everything else in between.

As well as making for more interesting running, the region's varied landscape makes for very well-rounded runners. You're just as likely to get thrashed in a hill race by a Moray or Garioch Roadrunner as you are to be overtaken on the road by a Cosmic Hillbasher! The region's often 'challenging' weather means the runners of the north-east can be a determined lot, too, with many of them proud to say that if they can run in a North Sea haar or a Moray Firth gale they can run anywhere!

The region is characterised by lots of small towns and villages, many of which have their own clubs drawing members from their local area. Friendly rivalries abound - especially between the coastal towns of Fraserburgh and Peterhead - but there are also many examples of otherwise competing clubs working together to share facilities or coaching duties. Many of the clubs are also active in organising races and raising funds for charity, proud to welcome other runners to their home turf while enjoying the cheeky home court (or more than likely 'home hill') advantage!

With many members in and out of the area every few weeks for work offshore, another characteristic feature of the north-east's clubs is that they make visitors or otherwise irregular attendees feel very welcome. Anyone visiting Aberdeen on business or pleasure is welcome to join in with the familiar black and yellow shirts of Metro - our featured club - on one of their training nights in the heart of the city.

And finally, 'phenomenon' is the only word we can really use to describe the success of jogscotland north of 57°. Moray and Aberdeen City each host around a dozen JS groups offering support to novice runners; Aberdeenshire itself boasts over two dozen, with the newest group - Inverurie's Garioch Gazelles jogscotland - formed just a few months ago.

In this section of the site runABC Scotland focuses on the north-east - its clubs, running groups, facilities and services.

Running clubs in the North East

Members of Metro Aberdeen

There are more than a dozen well established running clubs in the north-east of Scotland. They create a network of provision that lets anyone who wants to run fairly seriously join liked-minded people for training and race competition.

Being part of a club is a great way of motivating yourself and improving your performance. Clubs will usually meet twice a week, often for programmed sessions, and there can be opportunities for other organised runs. It's also a great way to make friends and to get involved in social activities.

Clubs come in various shapes and sizes - some focus exclusively on road and trail running others have junior sections and take part in a range of track and field events. Hill running is a big part of some clubs; and drinking (Aberdeen Hash House Harriers) central to others!

Metro Aberdeen
Where Tuesday (Aberdeen Sports Village, Linksfield Road), Thursday (Hazlehead Park) and Sunday (Duthie Park) as well as occasional summer runs in local forests and hills.
When Tuesday (6.30pm), Thursday (5.45pm) and Sunday (10am)
Members 160
Ages Everyone, 8 and up
Level Expectation for the Tuesday run is the ability to run six miles, but there's a rota system in place to accompany new or slower members before they progress to the next group. Potential members, 'second-claim' runners and visitors to the city are welcome at any session, particularly the Thursdays. Sundays are aimed mainly at junior members, but all are welcome.
Club Competition The Metro Club Standards, won by achieving certain times for the member's age group, from Grade 4 to Grade 1. Also the Metro Track Championships, a three-race series, requiring an accumulated time: 800 m, 1 mile and 3000 m for seniors and 400m, 800m and 1000m for juniors. We also have club championships for road racing, with the fastest over a 3K, 10K and half marathon becoming senior, veteran and super veteran champions. There's also a trophy for the most improved male and female runner, based on a percentage improvement from the previous year.
Sessions A mix of steady runs (6-10 miles), hill reps, speed (300m-3000m) and technique sessions. Similar-standard runners also meet up for longer runs.
Social Events Regular events and weekends away organised by committee members throughout the year, including the Annual Awards Night and Christmas nights out. The club also organises and pays for member transport to popular local and national races.
Famous Names Fraser Clyne was one of the country's leading marathon runners in the 1980s and early 1990s, setting a best time of 2hr 11min 50sec at Sacramento (1984). He represented Scotland and/or Great Britain in track, road, cross-country and mountain running disciplines at various distances and won numerous cups, races and titles. Although retired from competitive running, Fraser is still involved with the Club.
Club Races The Stork Technical Services Dyce half marathon (August) as well as a charity 5K (June), with proceeds going to Aberdeenshire Disability Sport. We organise a Winter Proms Series of 3K races the first Friday lunchtime of each month from October-March. This year we also organised a Spring Proms Series of 3K and 5K runs in conjunction with the Aberdeen Sports Village, with all profits going to Children 1st. Metro is heavily involved in the organisation of the Baker Hughes 10K, which attracts over 4000 runners each year.

Running clubs in the North East




Running groups in the North East

jogscotland Fraserburgh Members

No matter which race you attend in the north-east of Scotland, or even further afield, you're bound to come across a runner from Fraserburgh jogscotland. In fact, with 1000 members now on the books, you're likely to come across a whole bus full of them!

The group got its start in April 2010 when Gillian Cardno-Strachan and fellow runners from Fraserburgh Running Club noted the success of the jogscotland programme in neighbouring Peterhead. Rather than see local runners drive the 20 or so miles along the North Sea coast to take up the sport, they set about starting their own group. With the support of both Fraserburgh Running Club in providing the jog leaders (and funding their training) and Peterhead jogscotland (to help with organisation and paying for the jog leaders' kit), Fraserburgh jogscotland was born.

As with many jogscotland groups, Fraserburgh's success has exceeded all expectations. Notes Gillian: "We thought if we could get 50 people along to take the first steps to a healthier lifestyle, it would be fantastic. But on our first night, we had over 250 runners on the streets of Fraserburgh!"

The group offers the tried-and-tested 10-week Jog Scotland programme for taking absolute beginners to their first 10K through a progression from walking to running three times a year. As beginners improve, they move up to the intermediate and advanced groups also offered on the main Tuesday club night.

The idea of community is central to what makes Fraserburgh jogscotland so special. In just two years, they've raised over £20,000 for local good causes by organising fun runs and donating all the entry fees. Good relations with Fraserburgh Running Club also continue, with many runners members of both groups, and the Running Club opening up its interval sessions to intermediate jogscotland runners. Children, too, are part of the Fraserburgh jogscotland family. Under 14s can come along to club runs (with an adult) and the group (as well as the Running Club) is heavily involved with both the 'junior joggers' and athletics programmes at local schools.

Two years on, the group continues to thrive, booking buses to ferry members to local races and enjoying a full slate of social events. The original group of eight leaders has now expanded to 22, including many who have come up through the ranks as beginners. Attendance on their main club night is around 150 runners - most of whom were seen running along Fraserburgh beach wearing head torches on one memorable winter outing!

jogscotland Fraserburgh
Where Catto Park Pavilion, beside Peterhead Football Club
When Tuesday 18.30
Members 1000+
Levels/Sessions All levels welcome - Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced running groups cater to everyone

And how does Gillian account for the group's success? She told us: "I think it's down to the organisation of our leaders and the willingness of our members to get involved and support each other. Our individual members succeed because of their own determination as well as the encouragement from everyone else. We've got great club spirit, too!" When asked to sum up the Fraserburgh jogscotland experience, she replies: "Friendly. Sociable. Encouraging. Successful." We couldn't have said it better ourselves!"

jogscotland groups in the North East




Other groups in the North East

Leisure facilities in the North East

Aberdeen Sports Village

Having space to train and cross train is extremely important for runners. Luckily, there are lots of great centres and fitness clubs all over the country. From running tracks, to sports halls, gyms to fitness classes, there are an abundance of great facilities across the north east of Scotland. Aberdeen city has recently developed the Aberdeen Sports Village, incorporated into the site of the Chris Anderson Stadium.

Aberdeen Sports Village
Address Linksfield Rd, Aberdeen, AB24 5RU
Opening Hours Mon-Fri 06:30-22:30, Sat 07:30-19:30, Sun 07:30-21:30
Tel. 01224 438900
Facilities Available Fitness Suite, Sports Hall, Indoor Pitch, Chris Anderson Stadium, Indoor Track, Studios.
Services Performance and Well-being Centre, including SPEAR sports injury clinic.
Classes Studio Cycling, Step, Boxfit, Ultimate Abs, Fitness Yoga/Pilates, Sports Conditioning, Aerobics, Evergreens Exercise (over 60's)
Clubs based at the facility
  • Aberdeen Amateur Athletics Club
  • University of Aberdeen
  • Banchory and Stonehaven
  • Metro Aberdeen Running Club

Local authority leisure facilities in the North East

Aberdeen City



Private Gyms/Leisure Centres

Outdoor and Indoor Running Tracks

Running services in the North East

Fit for Purpose providing massages at a race in the north east

There are a number of essential services - including physiotherapy, sports massage, nutrition, podiatry and personal training - that runners use regularly to keep in good condition. The north-east has a wide range of specialist service providers,



Physiotherapy/Sports Massage

If you offer a service to runners in the north east of Scotland and would like to be included on this page, please contact us.