8 Jun

Great Women Runners Are Checking The Weather Forecast

runners with Great Women's run medals

4,000 women will be watching the weather forecast anxiously over the next 48 hours as they look ahead to the 2018 Great Women's Run. What was in its heyday the 'Women's 10K' is now a more modest version of the great events of 15/20 years ago but it's still a big day on the running calendar as it allows women runners of all abilities to take centre stage.

The BBC are predicting temperatures rising to 21 degrees - breezy with sunny intervals. It will be cooler earlier in the day so hopefully the majority of the racers will have crossed the line before things start to really hot up.

It is likely to be busy just beyond the 4k marker at the water station but runners will take inspiration from the pipers and relief from the mist shower at 7.5k.

One runner, Sharon Ashwell is hoping to complete ten 10k runs in ten days at the Great Women's Run to raise funds for Diabetes UK. Sharon wants  to help children and young people with Type 1 Diabetes and the associated risk of complications. Her fund raising total is now close to £1,600.

Already excitement is building and runners have been posting their hopes for race day on social media. Susan Webb is hoping to 'run at a reasonable pace, not to vomit and finish the race' while Johanne Robertson's aspiration is to 'finally break the hour barrier'.

The race warm-up starts at 10.52 and the first wave (White) will be underway at 11.00 followed by the Green wave at 11.10 and the Pink wave at 11.20. Runners will pass iconic sights such as Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow University, the Riverside Museum and the SSE Hydro and enjoy crossing the River Clyde before finishing in the beautiful surroundings of Kelvingrove Park.

The 2017 race saw Springburn Harrier Michelle Sandison take first place in 37:34 followed home by the Inverclyde AC pair of Sharon Muir (38:18) and Julie Gordon (40:47).

Check out the Great Women's Run event guide here.

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