The wait is almost over for one of the most hotly anticipated running events of the year – the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run. This weekend (4-5 October) will see over 30,000 take part in the event’s various races.
Those wishing to take part in Sunday’s 10K can still enter at the St Enoch Centre between 10am and 6pm today and 10am to 4pm on Saturday. The half marathon is sold out.
The half marathon will see Haile Gebrselassie defend his title, where he set a new Scottish all-comers’ record, finishing in 61:09. The 41-year-old will face stiff competition from Australia’s Michael Shelley who is returning to Glasgow after winning gold at the Commonwealth Games marathon this summer. Stephen Chemlany of Kenya will also be a contender.
One athlete who won’t be back in Glasgow is Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Jo Pavey who’s had to withdraw from the women’s half marathon after suffering from heel pain. The women’s field will still feature top competitors including Ethiopia’s Tiki Gelana – Olympic marathon champion who finished third at this year’s Great North Run – and two-time world marathon champion Edna Kiplagat of Kenya. Scotland is also well represented with Susan Partridge, Hayley Haining, Beth Potter and Joasia Zarzewski all competing.
Not only are there Commonwealth Games athletes competing, a host of medallists will be cheering runners on from the sidelines, including Euan Burton, Eilidh Child, Ross Murdoch, and Charlie Flynn. Non-athletes will also be showing their support through traditional methods and by using technology, with organisers introducing The Great Wall of Support this year. It allows spectators to post personal messages online which can be seen by participants when they need it most - during the race. You can also watch the half marathon from the comfort of your living room as the race is being shown live on BBC2 on Sunday from 10:30am.
For more information, visit the Great Scottish Run website.