18 Jun

Glasgow's Big Running Weekend

Calum Hawkins at the 2017 Brian Goodwin 10K

Glasgow was the centre of race action in Scotland this weekend. Friday evening saw the Brian Goodwin Memorial 10K where the highlight was a world-class run from Callum Hawkins (Kilbarchan AAC) who broke the tape on 29:12 just 12 seconds ahead of Luke Traynor (Giffnock North) and third-placed Shettleston Harrier Tewodle Mengisteab (31:20). Hawkins broke the course record by over a minute as he warmed up for his appearance in the World Championships in London in August.

Elspeth Curran of Kilbarchan AAC was the winner of the women's race in a time of 36:28. Curran finished ahead of second-placed Kayleigh Jarrett (36:48) of Metro Aberdeen and third-placed athlete Ann Robin of Bellahouston Road Runners (39:17).

A field of 500 enjoyed favourable conditions - cool with a light breeze - for the two-lap test which saw lots of fast times and PBs as illustrated by Kilmarnock Harrier Russell Duncan's mid-point mark of 46:10.

Post-race runners enjoyed a burger and beer as part of their entry fee and hundreds milled around enjoying the start of the weekend ambience.

Ten out of ten for event organisers Bellahouston Harriers. Our race report card says - superbly marshalled, well-supported and great organisation. Harriers' President Tom Keenan was delighted with how the event went. He told runABC Scotland: "Club members really rallied round dozens of them helped make the 2017 Brian Goodwin a huge success."

There was a similar story of superb organisation at today's Men's 10K in Glasgow where 2,000 plus runners took part. Again conditions were favourable - cloudy with a breeze - and the faster runners were home and hosed before a warm sun appeared to test the slower runners.
Stuart Gibson was first home in 31:41 with Dougie Selman (31:56) and David Savage (33:42) completing the podium places. Jeff Crawford (52:56) clocked a more most modest mid-point time in this race.

The big field enjoyed a pre-race warm-up at the Riverside Museum before heading into town and under the Hielanman's Umbrella before the half-way mark at George Square. They then headed east before turning and taking the riverside route back to the city centre.

Professional wrestling referee Thomas Kearins (1:15:38) was one of many runners supporting a charity. Thomas's good cause is Cahonas Scotland and your correspondent spotted dozens of charity runners including a group of Spidermen, who received great support from the big crowds.

A hard-working Japes team (Joelette & People Experiences) were also in action today ensuring that a participant with a disability was able to enjoy the race-day experience.

Elsewhere there were a number of Race for Life events and the Glenrothes Running Festival. Results for all events will be appearing at the runABC Race Listings page later today and tomorrow.

Image: Callum Hawkins (courtesy Bellahouston Harriers)