Olympic and Commonwealth Games star Freya Ross was in Glasgow last week to launch the new route for the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run on 6 October. The route promises to be a visual treat for runners and spectators, passing many of the city's iconic landmarks including major sporting venues involved in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. This year's race will also be broadcast live across the UK on BBC 2 for the first time.
Freya, who represented Team GB in the marathon at the London Olympics last year and Scotland in the 5,000 and 10,000 metres in Delhi in 2010 under her maiden name of Murray, was the first British woman home at the 2012 London Marathon but unfortunately had to withdraw this year due to injury.
The 29-year-old who hopes to participate in this year's Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run said: "It's a great route and is a reminder of the changing face of Glasgow in the build-up to the Commonwealth Games. I'm really pleased that the television coverage will help show off the city to the rest of the UK."
In keeping with tradition, both the half marathon and 10k routes will start at George Square in the heart of Glasgow and finish in Glasgow Green. However, to give the thousands of participants - and indeed the millions watching from home a flavour of what's coming to Glasgow in 2014 - the half marathon will incorporate six Commonwealth Games venues (The Hydro, SECC, Clyde Auditorium, Ibrox Stadium and Glasgow Green which plays host to two sports, the marathon and hockey at the new Hockey Centre), with the Great Scottish Run 10K incorporating five.
The route will pass other city's landmarks such as the Clyde Arc (commonly known as the Squinty Bridge), the Finnieston Crane, McLellan Arch and Nelsons Monument. Half marathon runners will also cross the Kingston Bridge, a firm favourite in previous years providing a unique opportunity to run across Glasgow's busiest road.
To enter the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run, visit the event website