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In this In Your Area, we explore Glasgow and the areas to the north of the city. The obvious place to start is Glasgow with its long history of producing top class running clubs such as Maryhill Harriers, Springburn Harriers, and Shettleston Harriers. We also profile Bellahouston Roadrunners, one of the city’s top clubs. Beyond the city boundaries there is an abundance of trail routes and a burgeoning running scene where clubs such as Kirkintilloch Olympians and Campbeltown Running Club are important parts of their local communities. Major events include the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run in Glasgow (pictured above), which now has a new October date alongside a new river-based route. The Men’s Health Forum Scotland 10K in Bellahouston Park has developed into a major date on the calendar while the iconic BUPA Women’s 10K continues to lead the way as the biggest female race in the UK.

The ‘Dear Green Place’ has more public parks than any other city in Europe and is therefore an ideaplace to go running. One event which has taken full advantage of this is the Southside Six. The event was created by six friends who, tired of running through long stretches of suburban roads, were looking to establish a race that included some of the city’s most scenic parks.

Outwith Glasgow, the Babcock 10K series first run in 1987 has three races in Helensburgh, Dumbarton and Shettleston. The Mull of Kintyre half marathon and 10K was voted the UK’s number 1 by Runner’s World and offers runners spectacular views of the south of the Kintyre Peninsula.

With running no longer the sole preserve of competitive types, there are plenty of opportunities for those who just want to enjoy the activity and its health benefits without signing up for races. parkrun, the free weekly 5k timed runs, is a great way to enjoy regular exercise in a relaxed but structured format. Current city venues are Pollok Park and Tollcross Park and there are hopes for a third at Victoria Park.

The jogscotland network also continues to develop, offering a friendly environment for people to ease their way into running. We speak to Fiona Irwin from the Campbeltown group and discover that for her, running isn’t just a past time, it’s a way of life!

There is a plethora of top retailers in Glasgow with Run4It in Bothwell Street, Achilles Heeon Great Western Road (featured in this edition’s Retailer’s Top Picks), two Greaves Sports stores on Gordon Street and Sauchiehall Street, Sweatshop on Netherton Road.

So, that has surely whetted your appetite. Read on to find out why when it comes to running, west is best!


The best way to improve your running - join one of the west's active running clubs.


Where can you find local physiotherapy, sports massage & other services for runners.


A friendly introduction to running with other people.


The sports centres and health & fitness clubs.

Running Routes

Local running routes