19 Aug

Countdown To Great Scottish Run

action from the Great Scottish Run

With little over two weeks until Glasgow welcomes one of the largest events in the running calendar, the Great Scottish Run organisers have added an extra incentive for all fundraisers by offering a place at the 2012 Virgin London Marathon.

Glasgow Life, organisers of the Great Scottish Run, has teamed up with Virgin Money Giving to give the most successful fundraiser at their September 4 event a coveted place at next year's London Marathon. In order to qualify for the competition, entrants must raise £500 or more in online donations through their Virgin Money Giving fundraising page.

A Glasgow Life spokesperson said: "We know how hard you train and how much effort goes into your fundraising, so we want to do all we can to help your charity receive even more of the money you raise. Visit the Great Scottish Run website to find out how you can set up your online fundraising page with our partner, Virgin Money Giving. They don't take a penny in profit so they can keep their charges really low. That means charities will receive an extra £1 for every £30 donation compared to JustGiving. And they also collect Gift Aid for free, so the cause you're supporting could receive £37.42 in total for every £30 you're sponsored."

The race, which takes place on Saturday, September 4, sees over 23,000 runners participating and £1.5 million raised for good causes.

Entrants to this year's event will be given an added boost - rubbing shoulders with celebrity athletes and actors, as Olympic gold medal winning sprinter Jason Gardener, world swimming champion Mark Foster, and TV star Nell McAndrew who are all attending. Another 'mystery Olympic star' is set to make an appearance.

The course begins at George Square, with a start time of 9.30am for 10k competitors and 11am for the half-marathon runners. Online entries will be accepted up until August 30, and can be made through the Great Scottish Run website