Katie Alexander at top independent retailer Achilles Heel is predicting a bonanza summer for Scottish running. A confident Katie told scottishrunningguide.com: "The Commonwealth Games is almost here and the growing excitement is tangible. It's great to see facilities like the athletics arena at Hampden coming on track.
Katie continued: "I'm sure the Games will have a big impact on participation at grassroots level and there is a great selection of events from 5k to ultras this summer where runners can choose their own personal challenge.
"The Men's 10K at Bellahouston Park on 15 June is a big summer highlight and the team here at Achilles Heel is looking forward to the Brian Goodwin 10K at Pollok Park on 20 June. It's interesting with its Friday night slot (7.30pm start) plus a great route and a terrific atmosphere. We'll be there to present the prizes and every runner gets a Brooks t-shirt as one of their goodies.
"We're also expecting big turnouts for the Achilles Heel running groups which leave the store on Monday and Wednesday nights at 6.00pm and take advantage of routes in local green spaces at the Botanic Gardens, Kelvingrove Park and the Kelvin Walkway."
We asked Katie what models would she would be recommending to customers in the coming months: "The Brooks GTS 14 with its dramatic colourway based on the Scottish Saltire is already a big seller. We're promoting the shoe heavily - it dominates our shop window - and we've already had a great response. It seems to have caught our customer's imagination."
To test the the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 - the 13 won first place in the Men’s and Women’s shoe category at the recent Running Awards - pop into Achilles Heel at 593 Great Western Road, Glasgow or visit the store website for more details.