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Aberdeen legacy walking routes launched to mark 100 days to go until the Commonwealth Games

17/04/14

Three new walking maps for the City of Aberdeen were officially launched at Robert Gordon's University on Monday 14th April, as part of Ramblers Scotland's Medal Routes project.

Members of the local community, university students and staff and public health employees joined together to officially launch the new maps which show short circular walking routes which start and finish at the newly appointed walking 'hubs'; Marischal College, Aberdeen Sports Village and Robert Gordon's University. The project was supported by Aberdeen City Council, Robert Gordon's University, the University of Aberdeen and Aberdeen Sports Village.

Monday marked exactly 100 days until the Commonwealth Games begin, and the Medal Routes project is helping to deliver a physical activity legacy from Glasgow 2014 by encouraging individuals and communities throughout Scotland to become more active. Medal Routes are developed by identifying a walking 'hub' with circular routes of different lengths - Bronze, Silver and Gold (of approx 15, 30 and 60 minutes) starting and finishing from the hub.

Rob Burns, Medal Routes Project Officer for Ramblers Scotland said: "We are so pleased to be launching three new Medal Routes in Aberdeen exactly 100 days before the Commonwealth Games begin. As a Games legacy project, Medal Routes provides wonderful and easy encouragement for people to go for a regular walk using the Medal Routes leaflet. By walking at least 30 minutes a day, 5 times a week, people can watch the Commonwealth Games knowing that they are on the road to fitness too.

"We now have over 250 Medal Routes in almost 90 locations throughout Scotland. Each of the walking routes identified use paths within the local communities that many people don't even know exist. The paths can offer wonderful scenery, fantastic points of interest and include some of Aberdeen's historical architecture. There are lots of opportunities to get involved if anyone is interested in helping to promote these routes or identify new ones."

Aberdeen City Council's Convener of Education, Culture and Sport Councillor Jenny Laing said: "As a council we are committed to making Aberdeen a more active city by helping our citizens to be more physically active through sport, exercise, dance and play. These new walking routes provide the ideal opportunity for folk to get out-and-about, enjoy some fresh air, the scenery, and learn about the local history while getting fitter.

"We are also keen to be a more connected city and by working with partners we want to encourage residents and visitors to the city to get involved and enjoy the benefits, now and long-term of being active, which would be a fitting legacy of the Commonwealth Games."

Aberdeen is one of many new Medal Routes locations developed through this project. To celebrate, Ramblers Scotland is giving local people the chance to win an iPad Mini. To be in with a chance of winning, simply try out a Medal Route walk and let Ramblers Scotland know how you get on by completing a short survey. To enter and to find other Medal Route walks go to www.ramblers.org.uk/medalroutes