Glasgow is preparing for a running-filled couple of days as the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run returns to the city this weekend (3-4 October). Around 30,000 participants will take to the streets of the city for the event, which includes junior races, a 10K and a half marathon.
Glasgow Gears Up For Great Scottish Run
Thousands of supporters are also expected to line the streets throughout the weekend. Proceedings get underway on ‘Super Saturday’ with a Toddler Dash, Junior Run and the Family Run. Then on Sunday, as the distances increase so does the intensity, with the 10K and Half Marathon being held.
The event comes just over a year after Glasgow held the Commonwealth Games. Glasgow 2014 athletes Callum and Derek Hawkins will again compete in the city to spearhead the home challenge in the half marathon. The brothers, both members of Kilbarchan AC, became the first brothers to represent Scotland on the athletics programme at the same Commonwealth Games since Ian and Peter Stewart in Edinburgh in 1970.
The duo will face world-class opposition in the shape of Moses Kipsiro, the Ugandan who won the Commonwealth 10,000m title at Hampden Park last year, and Kenya’s Isiah Koech, who took silver in the 5000m at Glasgow 2014.
Marathon world record holder Dennis Kimetto has been forced to withdraw because of injury but the field does include fellow Kenyans Japheth Korir, the 2013 world cross country champion, and Emmanuel Bett, runner-up in last year’s Great Birmingham Run Half Marathon.
Another Commonwealth Games athlete returning to the city is bronze medallist Jo Pavey. Harbouring ambitions of a fifth consecutive Olympic appearance, the 41-year-old Exeter Harrier will face stiff competition from a world-class line up of international talent. Most notable of these being Edna Kiplagat who will be hoping to better her record breaking triumph in last year’s Great Scottish Run as she looks to defend her title.
Those who can't be at the race but still want to catch the action can watch on TV as this year's event will be broadcast live on BBC 2 from 11.00 to 14.00 on Sunday (4 October). For more information, visit the event website.