The Great Scottish Run half marathon and 10k has received a boost with news that pacers are to be used for the first time at this year's event. The race will have club runners completing each course to the quickest time in each start group, giving entrants the perfect opportunity to achieve a new PB. The announcement comes following the introduction of pacers at the Glasgow Women's 10K in June this year.
Race organisers are also freezing entry prices for the event, with £29 for the half marathon and £24 for the 10k. Entrants will this year have the option of upgrading to a technical T-shirt, which might appeal to more seasoned runners. There is also the opportunity to upgrade to a super-lightweight T-shirt to help keep you cool in training and on the race day.
Chair of Glasgow Life and executive member of the Commonwealth Games, councillor Archie Graham said: "The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run is the premier road race in the country and Scotland's largest mass participation sporting event. We have listened to what last year's runners have said - good and bad - and made several key improvements to make sure it stays that way."
The race, which has attracted over 20,000 competitors for three consecutive years, is the largest mass participation sporting event in the country. Last year celebrity Nell McAndrew ran the event and this year Clyde 1 DJ George Bowie will take part.
George said: "It's a great feeling taking part in the Great Scottish Run. I love that first bit when you run across the Kingston Bridge and get a brilliant view of Glasgow. I'm a very competitive person. Even if I'm struggling on the course I'll think of all my mates that are running too and how I'm determined to beat them. If I see someone I know ahead of me, then that's the biggest incentive. "
For more information visit the event website