15 – 17/07/23 – Bunnies bunnies everywhere. Up in Aberdeen for three days as the supportive parent undertaking taxi duties whilst Emily swam and the Scottish Summer Meet. I’m now getting to find my way round the city but this stay was the best. On day 1 I came across a big bunny on the promenade. Goggling it and it turned out there was a Big Hop Trail. Loads of bunnies all over Aberdeen and the north east showcasing local artists. That was it, my runs now had a purpose. I wanted to see how many bunnies I could find over the three days when I wasn’t needed by Emily.

Each day I looked at the map of where they were and decided on which ones I could hopefully tick off. The one to Torry Battery did involve a drive, cuppa, cake and dolphin watching but all others were by foot. I used Google Maps to help with routes to get from each one to the next. I made it to Pittodrie, Duthie Park, city centre, Union Square, Seaton Park, Victoria Park, Don Mouth, Wellington Suspension Bridge and more. Over the three days I ticked off 16 bunnies and saw parts of the city I’d never been to but were lovely and will definitely go back.

I also came across the Umbrella Project 2023. Aberdeen Inspired have partnered with the ADHD Foundation to create colourful umbrella installations in the city centre with the aim of raising awareness and celebrating the ‘umbrella’ term of neurodiversity, which includes ADHD, autism, dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyspraxia.

Urban trails can be boring but mix them up, find local attractions, things to run to, explore. There is so much to do and see in cities. I covered more than 30km in just three days and had a blast. Until next swim competition Aberdeen.