The first jogscotland One Big Weekend running festival was hailed a success with runners across Scotland taking part in races in glorious sunshine at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh, the Beach Esplanade in Aberdeen, Bellahouston Park in Glasgow, and North Inch in Perth. The Edinburgh event saw Andres Leon Santos, aged 27, race to the finish line at the 5K in just 17 minutes and 51 seconds.
Andres was elated to win the race and said: "I came to Edinburgh to visit my friend and we decided to enter this race together. It's my very first 5k win and I'm so happy."
Andres crossed the line 10 seconds ahead of his friend Andrew Lices. Andrew was surprised how well they both fared: "I can't believe we came first and second! This has made his stay extra special. I had intended to cross the line ahead of him but that wasn't meant to be today but we're still friends!"
The races are designed to give runners from more than 500 jogscotland running clubs across the country a chance to meet up. But the timed runs which include a 5k for adults and a 1k for kids at each venue are also open to non-jogscotland members.
Billy Mitchell, head of jogscotland said: "It was great to see jogscotland members rising to the One Big Weekend challenge. I know how much hard work goes into just getting to the start line. A big thanks to all the Jog Leaders who have given their time, enthusiasm and expertise to help so many to achieve their goals. Every week, over 500 jogscotland groups provide a fantastic, supportive atmosphere that fosters physical activity and healthy choices for our members - and we're growing fast."
Superfit Susan Stewart of Peebles competed at all four of jogscotland's One Big Weekend races as she looks to complete 50 sporting challenges before turning 50. Susan decided to commit to the challenge to raise awareness about the urgent need for organ donors in Scotland. She's urging more people to join the donor register after her husband Alan's life was saved by a kidney transplant. And Alan, who received a new kidney from his sister Kathleen, feels so well again he decided to join her and run the One Big Weekend races too.
Dozens of youngsters took part in the junior 1K race in Edinburgh with Lewis Calder (pictured), aged 7, from Pentland Primary finishing in 4 minutes and 34 seconds, seconds ahead of his elder brother Struan, aged 8, who came second. His sister Lara, aged 4, also took part with their dad, making it a family occasion.
Their mother Julie Calder said "They've got the running bug! It was lovely for the family to do something together. Running is such a great sport and today's weather in Edinburgh really helped".
Neil Kilgour, race director, has high hopes for the event's future: "We're delighted to be working alongside jogscotland to host this new and exciting event. One Big Weekend is open to all levels of running ability. We hope everyone had fun today and that jogscotland One Big Weekend will become an exciting addition to the running calendar."
For more information, visit the One Big Weekend website.