A Partick Thistle fan has come up with a running route in Glasgow that will appeal to anyone preparing for a half marathon, especially if you're a football fan. Paul Climie is currently training for the Great North Run half marathon on 16 September and last weekend devised a route that encompasses all of Glasgow's professional football grounds.
Paul who has diabetes, raised £300 for Diabetes UK last year when he ran the Men's Health 10K at Bellahouston Park and hopes to raise even more this year for his first half marathon. He told scottishrunningguide.com: "When I was a teenager, my dad did a lot of running and we would be standing at the roadside of many marathons applauding him and the other runners going past. One race he never managed to get around to was the Great North Run. So when I decided to have a go at running my first half marathon that was the one I applied for.
"Initially I was a bit anxious about the step up in distance as the longer runs can play havoc with my blood sugar as I'm diabetic, but I've got the hang of that side of it now. My dad was excited to hear that I was running it, so my mum and him will be driving down to Newcastle on the day to cheer me on. I know I won't be getting anywhere near his half marathon time (of 1 hour 27 minutes) but I'm looking forward to being part of the atmosphere of a very special road race."
And he explained the idea behind his new route: "I get bored of just jogging along, so thought that if I had a few goals to aim at, it would keep my interest up. Looking at a map of Glasgow I came up with a route that starts at Partick, is 13 miles long, and takes in all the professional football stadiums in Glasgow. As the distance fitted perfectly, it seemed like a sign that I should give it a go."
Venturing out on Saturday morning wearing his Partick Thistle top, Paul took in the home grounds of Rangers (Ibrox), Celtic (Celtic Park), and Queens Park/Scotland (Hampden), as well as the former home of Thistle's rivals Clyde (Shawfield), and the Jags' own ground Firhill. He completed the distance in 1 hour 45 minutes, updating his followers on Twitter on his progress throughout.
He was pleased with how it went: "I did it in a decent time and I feel ready to head down to Newcastle and Sunderland and see what football grounds I can add to my list."