30 Sep

Great Expectations In Glasgow

GSRAround 30,000 runners will take to the streets of Glasgow this weekend (1-2 October) as the Great Scottish Run returns to the city. Proceedings kick off with tomorrow’s Super Saturday, featuring a Toddler Dash, Family Mile and Junior Run. Then on Sunday, elite athletes and recreational runners will head off from George Square for the half marathon and 10k.

The 10k and half marathon take runners through some of Glasgow’s best known streets before they enter Glasgow Green and reach the tree-lined finish straight in the shadow of Nelson’s Monument. Those not taking part can watch the action on BBC Two Scotland from 11:00–13:45.

Callum Hawkins, who finished ninth in the Olympic Marathon in Rio this summer, will be squaring off against fellow Olympian Tsegai Tewelde in the hope of becoming the first Scot to win the half marathon. They will face stiff competition in Moses Kispiro, who is returning to Scotland to defend his title.

Triple Olympic gold medallist Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia will lead the women’s field with Kenya's Betsy Saina, who finished fifth in the Olympic 10,000m in Rio, providing a formidable rival.

The 10K will see some familiar faces taking part, including Capital Radio presenter Des Clarke, Commonwealth Games 2014 gold medallist Charlie Flynn, and The Voice, Britain’s Got Talent, and The X Factor vocal coach Yvie Burnett. River City’s Gary Lamont will be taking part in the half marathon for the second consecutive year.

Late entries are still available for the 10K until 4pm on Saturday. You can book online and collect from St Enoch’s or at the Info Point in George Square on the event morning. Alternatively you can visit St Enoch’s and enter in person. For more information, visit the event website.