Dark overcast skies greeted the thousands of runners who gathered on the south side of Glasgow for the 2012 Ignis Asset Management Women's 10K this morning. Over 10,000 women had entered the event which is the biggest only women's event in the UK and now were hoping that the threatening rain would hold off.
The 2012 race saw an emphasis on home-based talent with bigger prize money for local runners and the new approach proved positive as Freya Murray, fresh from an amazing run at London marathon last month, took an early advantage from fellow Scot Susan Partridge in second.
Freya completed the tough 10K course, which ran through leafy Pollokshields and Pollok Park before a grandstand finish on Mosspark Boulevard, in 33:36. She beat the rest of the field and the bad weather which caught out most of the field in the second half of the race. Susan Partridge was second 29 seconds behind the winner with Edinburgh AC's Jennifer McLean third (and first vet) in 35:58.
Glaswegians turned out in large numbers to line the route, and runners were also encouraged by regular musical interludes. Runners who finished in under 50/55 minutes avoided the worst of the rain but the majority of the field had to complete the course in worsening conditions.
Race results are linked from scottishrunningguide's race listing and results page.