Radio Clyde presenter Alan Edwards will be involved in his own personal battle when he takes part in the Great Scottish Run on Sunday, September 2. The Clyde 2 favourite has his sights on colleague Romeo and is gearing up for a serious contest with the younger man. Speaking at the launch of the 2012 event, Alan told scottishrunningguide.com: "We both ran in the half marathon in 2012 and Romeo finished about six minutes in front of me. This year's it's going to be different!" Alan and Romeo will be joined by Clyde 1's George Bowie on race day as the local radio station puts its muscle behind the big autumn event.
The Radio Clyde team joined Philip Grant (Lloyds Banking Group), Councillor George Redmond and members of local Bank of Scotland branches who have already signed up for the road races in September for a trip around Bellahouston Park to publicise the Great Scottish Run.
Keen to better last year's incredible Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run, which saw over 22,500 register for the event, Romeo, George and Alan are urging people to join them in signing up and smash that total in 2012. It was the third year in a row that entry levels broke the 20,000 mark, ensuring the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run retains its crown as the largest mass participation sporting event in the country.
Giving people of all ages and abilities the chance to take part, the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run combines the half marathon and 10k senior races, which take place on Sunday, September 2, 2012, with the 1.5k and 3k junior races taking place on Saturday 1 September. The much-loved senior road races, which start at the City's George Square and is the only time the public are given the opportunity to run across the Kingston Bridge, is certain to excite the usual mix of elite athletes, first-time entrants and those running to raise money for a charity close to their heart.
Organiser Glasgow Life has made a number of improvements to ensure that this year's event is bigger and better than before. In order to ensure excellent value for money and a great experience for our runners, the entry price for the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run will be frozen at £20 for the 10k and £25 for the half-marathon, a price held since the 2010 event.
Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor George Redmond, said: "The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run is the country's premier road race and a day that means so much to so many. Last year was incredible, with over 20,000 people powering through the streets of Glasgow. We listened to what these runners had to say - good and bad - and have made some key improvements to make sure it stays that way. With six months to go there is plenty of time to pull on your running shoes and start training as the Clyde gang did today."
Philip Grant, Chair of the Scottish Executive Committee, Lloyds Banking Group, said "Bank of Scotland is looking forward to its third year as main supporter of the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run. Entries from the public have surpassed expectations every year of our involvement which is testament to the ever growing popularity of the event. People of all ages and abilities want to train for and take part in an event that's both fun and also helps them maintain a more active lifestyle. We are proud to support Scotland's largest mass participation event and wish all those taking part the best of luck with their preparations."
Take advantage of early entry deals now at the Great Scottish Run website.