4 Oct

Great Wait Almost Over

Haile Gebrselassie

The wait for one of the highlights of the Scottish running calendar is almost over. This weekend around 25,000 competitors - including the inimitable Haile Gebrselassie - will take to the streets of Glasgow for the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run.

Brendan Foster, Olympian and chairman of race organisers Nova International, believes the event can go on to become even bigger than the Great North Run. He said: "The Great North Run is the biggest mass-participation event in Britain. But there's no reason why Glasgow can't be challenging that over the next ten years. It is one of the major sporting cities in Europe. It should be bigger than the Great North Run, shouldn't it?"

This year sees new courses in the 10k and half marathon, with features stretches along the River Clyde before finishing in George Square. You can view a PDF of the 10k course here and of the half marathon course here.

In his first race in Scotland, Gebrselassie - also known as 'the Emperor' - is not only hoping to win the half marathon but believes he has a chance to set a World Masters record. Peter Riley, the event's elite athletes manager said: "Haile is very confident after his display at the Bupa Great North Run of capturing the World Vets 40-44 half marathon record of 1:02:28 and after that performance few can doubt his credentials to achieving the feat."

Someone who will have less lofty ambitions is Celtic manager, Neil Lennon. The 42-year-old is running in the 10k to raise funds for St Margaret of Scotland Hospice and Cystic Fibrosis Ireland. He tweeted: "The players are sponsoring me for the 10k (no choice ha ha) who do you want me to fine the most for it?"

For those not taking part, you can watch the half marathon live as it's being televised across the UK on BBC2. Coverage begins at 10:30am.

Last-minute entrants can still register for the 10k online at the Great Scottish Run website or by visiting Run4It on Bothwell Street, Glasgow.