31 Aug

Great Scottish Run Set For TV

Great Scottish Run

For the first time in the race's history, this year's Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run will be broadcast on terrestrial television. Organisers Glasgow Life are expecting the news to cause a flurry of last-minute registrations for this weekend's race, which almost 23,000 people have already signed up for. Online entries are now closed for the race but runners have until 6pm on Saturday (1 September) to sign up in-person at the race hotel, Jury's Inn on Jamaica Street in Glasgow.

BBC2 will broadcast a 50-minute highlights programme presented by Dougie Vipond on Monday 3 September. Sky will also broadcast two further programmes at a later date, focussing on the elite runners.

The men's field includes the 2010 Commonwealth Games marathon champion John Kelai of Kenya, and he will be joined by a host of famous faces including Scottish TV actor John Michie, four times World Junior Curling Champion Eve Muirhead, Miss Scotland Nicole Treacy, Clyde 1 DJ Shebahn Littlejohn, Tony Gately, brother of the late Boyzone singer Stephen Gately, and STV's Raman Bhardwaj, Debi Edwards and Rona Dougall.

Rona will be running the 10k and commented: "I've taken part in the Glasgow race a few times before and there is always a great atmosphere. Most importantly, it's quite flat. I took up running after my daughters were born. I was painfully slow to start off, coming back the first time breathless and whimpering with pain. Over the years, I have certainly got a lot fitter and can now complete the 10k in a respectable time. I have even toyed with the idea of a marathon but, on reflection, decided against it. I think you have to be a certain kind of crazy to do that."

The 10k and half marathon senior races take place on Sunday 2 September. Super Saturday (1 September) sees a brand new family mile, a toddler dash and elite invitational mile; these will take place alongside the junior mile and 3k races (9 to 17-year-olds).

Organisers have provided a handy Google Map of the race route with details of start and finish lines.

For more information visit the Run Glasgow website.