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Wild West races success for Hazlehead Park

Hundreds of runners of all ages and abilities raised more than £9000 for the ongoing regeneration of the city’s Hazlehead Park at the Dandara 5k and family fun day.

Around 300 children and 525 adults took part in the popular running festival, now in its fourth year, at the much-loved park on Saturday 9th September.

Organised by the Friends of Hazlehead and Sport Aberdeen, the popular event included the Dandara 5k, as well as 1k and 2k children’s races and a 600m fun run with participants cheered on by hundreds of supporters. This year the event took on a Wild West theme with many runners wearing their Stetsons and cowboy shirts for the day.

Runners warming up for the Dandara 5k
Runners warming up for the Dandara 5k

Donald Shaw, chairman of the Friends of Hazlehead, said:

Hazlehead Park is such a treasured spot for so many people in the city, and that was demonstrated by the number of people who came out in support for the park over the weekend.

We’d like to thank everyone who turned up for the Dandara 5k and family fun day and made the event such a success, it truly was a great day out.

We’d also like to thank each of our sponsors across the day - Dandara, David Lloyd Club and Gary Walker & Co Wealth Management.

Since the Friends of Hazlehead group was set up in 2012 we’ve secured and attracted more than £500,000 for this beautiful park and it’s been a joy seeing the transformation. We’ve still got plans we want to put in place and the money raised this weekend will help us make even more progress.

Dandara’s head of sales, Peter Best, said:

Dandara has been supporting this fantastic event since its creation and we thoroughly enjoyed taking part again this year with our colleagues, families and friends from across the city.

We’d like to congratulate the Friends of Hazlehead, a group of local people who volunteer their time to organise this event, on yet another fantastic day out.

The Dandara 5k was won by Myles Edwards in 16 minutes 20 seconds, with Julie Hoyle first female in 20 minutes 41 seconds. Dave Jamieson was second and Andy Reid third.

In the junior races, the 2k was won by Iona McQuire in 8 minutes 43 seconds and Oscar Lecore in 7minutes 31 seconds, and in the 1k James Mckenzie was first boy across the line in 3 minutes 55 seconds with Hope Thompson first girl home in 3 minutes 59 seconds. Charlie More and Isla Chalmers were first home in the 600m fun run.

Money raised in previous years has contributed to funding the creation of memory paths, the replanting of the Queen Mother Rose Garden, the restoration of the fountain and the revamp of Pets’ Corner, which recently welcomed a new pygmy goat, two turkeys and pair of Meerkats.

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