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.

Mel's Mile medalsWe 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.

Mel's mile winners

Mel's mile volunteers

Next up was the Hazlehead 5k on Sunday 14th November which followed the same course as the Hazlehead Parkrun. We had 55 people take part on the day, with Sean Chalmers and Aimee Tawse finishing 1st male and female respectively.  Half of the £262 funds raised on the day made their way to local charity Friends of Hazlehead who do great work to maintain and improve the park. Full race results can be found here and photos from the day are here thanks to Steven Smith of AppSureIT.  Thanks to all runners and volunteers who helped make the event a success.

  • The final race of the series will be the Prime Four 3k on Sunday 5th December, kindly sponsored by Drum Property.  It will be a fast and flat 3k road course at the Prime Four Business Park in Kingswells. The course map for the 3k can be found below. Races will commence from 10am with race times/start lists emailed out to entrants in the week leading up to the race.  There is a 1k race for under 11's if they prefer the shorter option to the 3k.  Age group information can be found below and the 1k course will start at same point as the 3k and finish just shy of 1 lap. Unique animal themed trophies will be presented to the fastest male and fastest female athlete of the day after the final race.  Refreshments will be available to purchase from the Starbucks outlet at the Village Hotel near the start. TAQA (point 9 on the site map below) have kindly allowed runners and spectators to use their carpark on the day - this can be found by taking the 3rd left on your way up the Kingswells Causeway after turning into the Prime Four complex from the A944. Please do not park anywhere else in the development.

Drum Property - event sponsor safari series

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 and payments for the Prime Four 3k or kids 1k must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 26th November via form below. Entries are by donation, we kindly request a minimum donation of £10 per person per race.

*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 Prime Four races 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.

- Official Scottish Athletics age groups for the under 11s 1k race can be found here.

- Results will be available on our website as soon as possible after the event.

- We encourage you to share post run selfies on social media, tagging our GEF pages and using the hashtag #GEFsafariSeries

- By entering a race you agree to allow GEF to share event photos on our social media channels

Entry form

Declaration: I am medically fit to run in the above run and understand that I enter at my own risk, and the organisers will be in no way responsible for any injury, loss or illness incurred to my person during or as a result of the run. I have no objections to the information contained in this application being entered on a computer for the purposes of run administration and run related mail-outs.
Payment can be made via bank transfer or PayPal; these options will be sent by email following form entry.

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