3 May

May The Fourth Be With You

Falkirk parkrun

A quick glance at the Scottish calendar shows that May is really when the racing scene starts to hot up. And the initial weekend of the month sees the arrival of a new parkrun in Glasgow's east end (Tollcross Park), plus the return of an old favourite (Falkirk) both Saturday morning, 9.30am.

A much anticipated launch, Tollcross will become Scotland's 10th parkrun event. Starting adjacent to the Winter Gardens, the course is said to be hilly, run on a mixture of tarmac paths and grass for the final 50 metres. With the Commonwealth Aquatic Centre opening in spring next year, Tollcross parkrun might be a venue for budding triathletes.

After a break of more than three months, Falkirk will make a welcome return this weekend. After some Forestry Commission work, Falkirkites will once again be able to tackle their favourite Saturday morning 5k as they assemble once again at Callendar Park.

Tiree 10k

Further afield, the Isle of Tiree will host its first half marathon alongside the annual 10k. With both races starting on the beach, the routes have been devised to incorporate some of the best views on the Hebridean island.

In contrast to the relative infancy of the Tiree events, Saturday will also see the renewal of the long-established Edinburgh to North Berwick 20 mile road race. Tracing back all the way to 1958, the race originally covered 22 miles but was shortened in 2009. With its timing and distance, the race is seen as an ideal lead-in for those looking to hit marathon heights in the summer.

Two of the scottishrunningguide.com team are readying themselves for Saturday's Tollcross parkrun, while the rest of us are wallowing in self-pity (injured), in absentia (holiday), and expecting a baby (Sunday, 5 May).

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