More than 30,000 people will lace up their trainers and take to the streets of Glasgow for the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run on Sunday (1 October). From toddlers to teens, fundraising fun runners to club runners aiming for a PB, as well as a host of world famous elites – everyone taking part will be guaranteed a traditionally warm welcome as the people of Glasgow line the route and cheer on all participants from first to last.
Callum Hawkins will be looking for another victory after his triumph in the 2016 edition of the race. The 25-year-old became the first Scottish winner of the men’s race since 1983, when he ran a time of 60:24 – a Scottish half-marathon record at the time that was subsequently annulled due to the course being 150m short.
Hawkins did however; go on to smash the Scottish record in February of this year, clocking 60:00 in winning the Kagawa Marugame International in Japan.
“I’m looking forward to returning to the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run and competing again in Glasgow,” said Hawkins. “I have been doing this event since 2013 and it is very close to my heart. The support from the home crowd is always great and I’m sure it will be no different on Sunday,” Hawkins said.
“I’ve had a good year and I’m confident of putting in a good performance in the half-marathon.”
Callum will be joined by Andrew Butchart, who makes his half-marathon debut in Glasgow, while Jo Pavey heads up the field in the women’s race.
In the build up to the race Pavey took to Twitter: “Excited to be running in the Bank of Scotland #GreatScottishRun half marathon this Sunday. Looking forward to racing in Glasgow again!”
Alongside the half marathon on Sunday, there is a range of events to cater for all ages and standard of runner. On Saturday (30 September) there is a range of family events aimed at inspiring future generations and getting all of the family active Sunday also features the Great Scottish 10K in which the course is a shorter adaptation of the half marathon that hugs the River Clyde and features some of Glasgow's most iconic landmarks and buildings such as The Hydro, Pacific Quay and the McLennan Arch.
The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run will be televised live on BBC 2 from 11am on Sunday (30 September).