GEF Safari Race Series

The GEF Safari Series 2021, licensed by Scottish Athletics, offers runners the chance to compete over 3 different distances and terrains whilst also receiving a unique Kenyan safari animal medal at each event.

We kicked off with Mel's Mile on Sunday 17th October at Aberdeen Sports Village -  a series paced and seeded track mile races on the track where Myles Edwards first met and raced alongside Gideon Gathimba back in 2009.  Forty six runners across 4 races, 12 volunteers and many spectators were in great spirits despite the rainy conditions and all helped make the inaugural event a success.

Congratulations to Rhian Birnie (5 mins 52 seconds) and Ross Finlayson (5 mins 1 second) who were fastest female and male runners of the day and won the Joan Wilson and Mel Edwards Trophies respectively. Race results can be found here.

  • Next up will be the Hazlehead 5k on Sunday 14th November (10am) which follows the same course as the Hazlehead Parkrun at Hazlehead Park - half of the funds raised from this event will go towards local charity Friends of Hazlehead.
  • The final race of the series will be the Prime Four 3k on Sunday 5th December (10am) - a fast and flat 3k road course at the Prime Four Business Park in Kingswells.  The course map for the Prime Four 3k can be found here.

We aim to organise the series annually with each race over the years offering a different themed medal of an animal you can see whilst on safari in Kenya's famous Maasai Mara game reserve.

Entries are by donation and can be made below.  We kindly request a minimum donation of £10 per person per race.  Entry forms and payments for the Hazlehead 5k must be submitted by end of day on Friday 5th November via email to
*The minimum age for 5k entrants is 11 but any age can enter the 3k.  Should under 11's wish to complete the set of medals they can run the 5k virtually.  For those unable to attend the 5k or 3k they can also be run virtually.  Virtual runs can be submitted via email in the form of a watch photo or Strava/Garmin screen shot that shows your time and distance.

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