5 Sep

Record Numbers at Great Scottish Run

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The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run enjoyed one of its most successful race weekends to date after an incredible 22,542 people signed up for this year's senior and junior races.

It is the third year in a row that entry levels have crashed through the 20,000 mark, ensuring the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run retains its crown as the largest mass participation sporting event in the country. This is thanks to the 'something for everyone' ethos with half marathon and 10k senior races taking place yesterday, and 1.5k and 3k junior races a day earlier.

Among those who pulled on their trainers for this year's races were TV star Nell McAndrew, Miss Scotland Jennifer Reoch, Olympian Jason Gardener MBE, Texas guitarist Ally McErlaine, Clyde 1 presenters George Bowie, Romeo, and Knoxy and STV's Raman Bhardwaj and Debi Edwards. They joined a field of elite athletes from across the world and thousands of first-time fun runners and everyday heroes running to raise money for a variety of good causes close to their heart. It is estimated that around £1.5million will have been raised for charity over the weekend.

Congratulations must go to Scottish club runners Luke Traynor, Michael Deason, Robert Gilroy, Elspeth Curran, Jennifer Emsley and Kirsty Husband who took first, second and third in the mens and ladies 10K categories respectively; while it was the Kenyans who dominated the top three positions in the half marathon.

This year's entry total of 22,542 was added to by a further 3,000 children who attended the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run Schools Challenge at Glasgow Green on Friday (September 2). Bank of Scotland set a new record for the largest number of entries from a single organisation after 550 colleagues from branches across the country took their place on the starting line.

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Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor George Redmond, told scottishrunningguide.com: "Once again the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run has brought Glasgow to life in its very own special way. Year on year it continues to generate a real buzz around the city and this year was no different as thousands of people of all ages and abilities rose to the challenge."

The weekend was a fun occasion for participants and their families, with many visiting the Bank of Scotland London 2012 Olympic Torch Tour where they had the opportunity to meet special guest Olympians Daley Thompson, Mark Foster and Jason Gardener.

With four separate races over the weekend, the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run is one of the most inclusive races of its kind, where family and friends and people of all ages can compete together. Entrants for this year's races came from all across the world including Australia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Holland, Uruguay and the USA.

Full race results are available here.


  1. Stephen Bell said...

    The unexpected burst of sunshine along with an 11 o'clock start time meant hot, sticky conditions for this year's half marathon runners. All in all this was a very well organised race from start to finish and a great advert for the city of Glasgow. There were the usual last minute queues for toilets in the square before the pulse start which went smoothly as planned. Having music at the mile markers was a real boost and something that other city running event organisers should take on board. Plenty of water stations, official and those set up by the good people of Glasgow, provided needy fluid and a chance to cool down. The course followed the usual route with that big hill at the start, through Bellahouston then Pollok Park providing some shade, at last, before finishing at Glasgow Green where again everything was well set up. No need for chip removal as this was attached to the back of your number. Congratulations to all runners and organising staff for another highly successful Great Scottish Run. A great day and should mean another record number of entrants next year. As Arnie would say "I'll be back" ..... along with twenty-odd thousand others.