With the news that Mo Farah will no longer be competing in the 5,000 and 10,000m, the legions of distance runners following the Commonwealth Games can take solace in the spectacle of this Sunday’s (27 July) marathon. The route, which will start and finish in Glasgow Green, has been designed to allow spectators a number of ideal vantage points to view the race.
While the majority of the Commonwealth events are ticketed, the marathon, in addition to the Cycling Road Race and Time Trial competitions, is free to view. The two lap, 26.2 mile course moves through Merchant City, George Square and Buchanan Street as well as Bellahouston and Pollok Park.
With its location directly on Glasgow Green, The People’s Palace may well prove to be the perfect place to cheer runners (although expect a busy crowd if you go there). If you are eager to view the field earlier on, the Science Centre, which is situated around a quarter of the way around the course, will see the field cross the River Cycle for the first of four times.
Further ahead, both Bellahouston and Pollok Park provide stunning backdrops as the competitors pick up pace and reach the mid-point of the 26.2 miles. If the weather holds up, an early picnic (the race starts at 9am) might well be the ideal way to celebrate the marathoners making their way through two of Glasgow’s most beautiful parks.
This is the first time Glasgow has hosted its own 26.2 mile race since 1987, and considering the popularity of such events as the Great Scottish Run and Edinburgh Marathon, there is a feeling the city will embrace it with open arms. You can view a map of the route, with alternative points to watch the runners, here.