Glasgow On The Run 

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What better way to see the wonderful sights of Glasgow, keeping fit and raising money all at the same time than taking part in the Great Scottish Run?

This weekend the Great Scottish Run returned to Glasgow as a host of men, women and children descended on the streets of Glasgow for an energy-filled two days. With 30,000 participants gracing the start line,  there were plenty of activities to keep yourself and the family occupied over the weekend even if you were not involved in any of the running events! Some of us here at GlasgowLiving took part in the events and have rounded up the weekend’s action for anyone who missed out!

 

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Super Saturday

Before the fitness fanatics and first-time runners took their positions on the start line on Sunday, there was plenty for the youngsters and families to take part in the Great Scottish runs Super Saturday! For its sixth consecutive year, the Super Saturday offered a variety of shorter courses for all ages…even toddlers!! The toddler dash at George Square which is a short 100m dash that let kids up to the age of 5 years old experience their first taste of taking part in a registered event. This event completely sold out and we saw the youngsters out in force!  For some of the younger, more experienced runners there was also a 2.5K for children ages 9-15 years. Each child received a t-shirt, medal as well as a finishing pack all for £8! You never know, we might have a future Olympic star right on our very doorstep!

 

 

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10k & Half Marathon

The two main events of the weekend took place yesterday with the half marathon and 10km allowing both newbies and experienced runners to test their fitness throughout some of the great sites Glasgow has to offer. Both races began at George Square and took a slightly different route across the duration and eventually finishing up in Glasgow Green.

Proceedings got underway at 9.30am with the warm-up at George Square before the main event. At 9.38am (precisely) the ever welcoming and much-respected wheelchair 10k began, shortly followed by the fast-paced wave of the 10k runners. If you are a bit on the slower side like me, then we began at 10.05am! The time it takes to complete the race is not important and just remember, you were lapping everyone else that’s sitting on the couch at home! In saying that, at points along the duration of the race I must admit I would have preferred to be sitting on the couch with my feet up!

The even fitter elite that took part in the half marathon began again at George Square where the warm-up started around 11.15am.

Now, in my eyes after completing the 10k in 56 minutes, these guys deserve more than a medal. A half marathon in just over an hour? You’d be longer travelling by car in the city centre the same distance!

The top three men’s elite athletes stormed (no pun intended to the brutal weather conditions) their way through the course and finished with outstanding times. First place was awarded to Chris Thompson who completed the 13.1 miles in 1:02:44. Tied-Second place Charlie Hawkins and Tsegai Tewelde just behind with a time of 1:03:18. A fantastic effort from the lads!

The women’s half marathon was won by Flomena Daniel of Kenya with an outstanding time of 1:10:17. Second place fell to Britain’s Charlotte Purdue at 1:12:18 and third place to Ireland born Fionnuala Ross with a time of 1:14:26.

The Weegie Crowd!

Now even if you were not taking part in any of the running events over the weekend we have to make a special mention to all the families and friends who came out to support the runners in a typical rainy day in Glasgow, you really do make the difference!

No matter what your level of fitness is, running a race related to your fitness level can often take its toll at certain points across the course. All you can think about is the finish line or stopping and giving up or that ice cold lager waiting at the finishing line for you (maybe that’s just me) but having support really does help! Unfortunately, there is only water pit stops and no time for a quick pint but if you were ever thinking about giving up then I’m sure you will all agree the atmosphere created throughout the course from the various choirs, street performers and crowds kept you ticking over in those final kilometres/miles!

  

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Charity Support 

One of the main reasons that individuals decide to take part in events such as the Great Scottish run is to raise money for a charity or cause that may be close to them. Undoubtedly the amount of money raised each year is amazing and us here at Glasgow Living encourage all entrants to try and do their bit for a good cause. However, we do still encourage everyone who can to take part in the weekend’s events regardless of the reason.

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Feeling Inspired? Next Year…

Even though the weather didn’t live up to what we hoped, all round it was another very successful weekend had by all at the Great Scottish Run 2017. A big hand to everyone who competed and took part in Scotland’s biggest running event of the year, you all did brilliantly! We also need to mention the fantastic volunteers who take time out their own busy schedules to come and make everyone’s experience on the day that little bit better. The organisation was yet again second to none but hey what do you expect from us Glaswegians!

 

If you feel you have what it takes to take on the 10k challenge next year or even the half marathon than get yourself along to http://greatscottishrun.com and fill in your details! It really is a brilliant weekend for both individuals and families so get yourself involved! If my legs every recover I might even take on the half marathon next year…..maybe.