While one of the lasting impressions of the 2012 Ignis Asset Management Women's 10K will be the stormy weather that dampened many of the runners post-race celebrations, the organisers' emphasis on home-based talent culminated in a Scottish athlete winning the event for the first time this century. Freya Murray, fresh from an incredible performance at London marathon, secured this year's title with a time of 33:36, just 5 seconds off the Scottish course record set in 2009 by Hayley Haining. Perhaps just as encouraging was the fact there were strong performances from the top three athletes, with fellow Scots Susan Partridge (34:05) taking second and Jennifer MacLean (35:58) third.
Speaking after her win, Freya Murray reflected: "This is the first time I've ran the Glasgow Women's 10K, but I've heard so much about it that I really wanted to give it a go. After running London marathon I'm delighted to have finished first - especially as I'm the first Scottish runner to do so for over 10 years."
With the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on the horizon, a new prize structure was implemented to encourage even more Scottish athletes to participate. A £12,000 prize fund was set aside for this year's race - twice that of the 2011 event. The revamped kitty also included a cash incentive for the winning club team, with the four fastest finishers receiving an award of £1,000. Edinburgh AC with winner Murray, third placed McLean, Niamh Devlin (7th) and Victoria Bailie (17th) collected that prize. Central AC, Dumfries Running Club and Bellahouston Harriers also figured prominently.
Head of Sport at Glasgow Life, Keith Russell, said the modified prize structure has clearly given Glasgow a boost as it prepares for 2014: "The first-Scot finish, the thousands of pounds raised, the race's role in increasingly physical activity across the country as we work towards the Commonwealth Games - together it all adds up to a unique event that the city is rightly proud of."
Even with the overcast conditions, the event still managed to attract almost 10,000 runners, all of which Keith was quick to praise: "Despite the rain we've enjoyed a fantastic day. I'm in awe of the thousands of women who took part today; let me wish each and every one of them well deserved congratulations. What a wonderful achievement, whatever their motivation for participating they should wear their medals with pride."