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Aberdeen students face off in annual Granite City Challenge

University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University will compete for top sporting title.

Competition: Aberdeen students will go head to head.
Competition: Aberdeen students will go head to head. Robert Gordon University

Aberdeen students will face off in the annual Granite City Challenge to claim the title of top sporting university.

Robert Gordon University (RGU) will compete against the University of Aberdeen in 30 different events, including swimming, mountain-biking, hockey and football, on March 14 in the 21st year of the event.

The University of Aberdeen has won the previous four years of the event, so RGU is feeling the heat this year.

Eilidh Paterson, RGU's President of Sport and Physical Activity, said: "RGU is proud to be hosting this year's Granite City Challenge.

"The day will see RGU and University of Aberdeen sports clubs competing in over 30 matches and will be a great showcase of some of the best sporting talent Aberdeen has to offer.

"I am very proud of all of the RGU sports clubs, it takes drive and dedication to balance full time study alongside training and competing in your chosen sport."

University of Aberdeen's Sports President, Emma Lister, added: "Granite City Challenge is one of the biggest sporting days across both RGU and Aberdeen University with 36 fixtures taking place throughout the day.

"Even though all participants have that one goal in mind, it is an amazing day to be a part of, whether you're supporting or competing.

"It is filled with pride, great spirits and competitive sporting banter.

"Organising this event and working with Eilidh has been great fun and I know that I can't wait for the 14th March to see it all happen and be amongst the hustle!"

The sports day will also include the media boat race, with teams from local companies, such as The Aberdeen Journals and Original 106, taking part.

STV's team for 2018 will be David Shanks and Ben Philip.

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