This Sunday (3 November) will see the Southside Six celebrate its third staging, with organisers revealing that the 400 places for the race were snapped up in less than three hours. The 16 mile race gets it name from its route which goes through six of the most scenic parks in Glasgow's southside.
The event was created by six friends who, tired of running through long stretches of suburban roads, were looking to establish an event that included some of the city's many parks. The race starts at Queens Park at 11am and takes competitors through Kings Park, Linn Park, Rouken Glen Park, Pollok Country Park and Bellahouston Park before finishing back at Queens Park.
Organisers Nick and Allan told scottishrunningguide.com: "We opened up entries to this year's event in February and were taken aback by how quickly all 400 places went - in less than three hours. Obviously we're not yet at the level of the Barrathon which sold out in just seven minutes but it was still a great achievement. Especially as the EntryCentral servers went down for an hour or so (I'm not sure if that was due to us overloading them or not!)."
Once again runners can look forward to hot soup and rolls after the race, with Mark's Deli supplying the goods. The after-race party has moved location to the Glad Café where participants and volunteers can take advantage of drinks offers later in the evening.
This year's event will have Funding Neuro as its nominated charity. Set-up by Bryn Williams (of Wobbly Williams fame), the charity aims to raise money to support research into neurological diseases. For more information on the Southside Six, visit the event website.