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Mel’s Union Street Mile

Gathimba Edwards Foundation (GEF) are offering a special offer price of £5 for primary and secondary children to have the opportunity to race down Union Street on Saturday 27th August and also receive a unique safari animal themed medal.

The Celebrate Aberdeen Parade is back this year and Gathimba Edwards Foundation are honoured to be organising Mel’s Union Street Mile as part of the special day.  Over 1,000 runners have raced through Aberdeen’s most famous street since the race started and it sets the stage for the fantastic Celebrate Aberdeen Parade which brings the strong sense of community and all that’s good about Aberdeen to the fore. The parade is only made possible thanks to volunteers and local companies.

There will be 3 races on the day:

10.30am: P5-P7

10.40am: S1-S4

10.50am: Adults race (including anyone in S5/6)

Due to the tight time available due to road closures and the Celebrate Aberdeen Parade starting at 11am, entrants must be able to complete 1 mile in under 11 minutes. Race number collection will be inside The Music Hall.  Also due to the tight schedule, they are unfortunately not able to offer races on the day for children P4 and below.  Anyone who is unable to race on the day can do so virtually and submit their time upon completion of their run to

You can enter Mel’s Union Street Mile and the charity’s other Safari Series race, The Hazlehead 5k, here.

Race Sponsorship Opportunity

GEF would also welcome the opportunity to speak with companies interested in headline sponsoring the races.  Race sponsorship enables GEF to make an even bigger impact for children and families in Kenya.  For example, sponsorship of these races can provide 12 families with a 3000 litre water tank each, giving them access to fresh water for the first time in their lives OR enable the charity to provide 26 families with a bed, mattress and bedding.  Any interested parties can email Myles Edwards on