With just 7 days until its first running, organisers of the Southside Six are putting the finishing touches to the eagerly anticipated new race. Due to take place on Sunday, October 30, the race, which has had to expand its original quota of 200 entries and boasts a brimming waiting list, encompasses six of the most popular parks on the south side of Glasgow.
While the scenic course has no doubt helped organisers to fill the entry capacity, the added prospect of sampling the event's own branded beer will no doubt have added extra attraction to what is turning out to be a highly unique race. The Clockwork Beer Company has produced a unique concoction in their micro-brewery in honour of the event, with runners invited to sample The Southside Six Beer in post-race celebration.
Speaking to scottishrunningguide.com, organiser Nick Vaughan reveals his surprise at the level of wide-spread attention the race has received so far: "We've had over 300 entries from as near as Mount Florida, Glasgow and as far as Wellington, New Zealand. At its peak the waiting list stretched to 40!"
The event, which was organised by six friends who became tired of following routes that entailed stretches of suburban roads, looks to take advantage of the more scenic surroundings in the parks across the southside of Glasgow. The route on Sunday will see contestants begin at Queen's Park and pass through the often neglected Rouken Glen and Pollok Country Park, covering a total distance of 26km.
On co-ordinating the run, Nick says he has received incredible support from local businesses. The logistics of setting up a new event, he explains, haven't been straightforward: "Preparations are in full swing now and seem to be taking over our lives! Who said organising a race from scratch was easy?"
A post-race tipple of the Southside Six beer will no doubt go some way to making it all worth it. The race begins at 11am on Sunday, October 30, beside the flagpole at Queen's Park. Look out for a full report at scottishrunningguide.com