This Sunday sees the second staging of one of Glasgow's most unique races, the Southside Six. The 16 mile race, organised by six friends who became tired of following routes that entailed stretches of suburban roads, looks to take advantage of the more scenic surroundings in the parks across the southside of the city.
After the success of the inaugural event last year, the 350 places for Sunday's race were snapped up within 24 hours. The route will see competitors move through Kings Park, Linn Park, Rouken Glen Park, Pollok Country Park, Bellahouston Park before finishing with a return to Queens Park - covering a distance of 16 miles.
Feedback from last year's race suggests the route is challenging, with uphill sections at the beginning and the infamous steps when departing Queen's Park. Dougal Smith, who is taking part in the race for the first time, said: "I entered because I thought it would be a great way to see Glasgow and would be a great way to progress with my marathon training. Looking at the route, I'm beginning to think it might be a little more challenging than just a walk in the park!"
Carnegie Harriers' Andrew Wright took first place in last year's event, covering the six parks in 1:33:00, with Edinburgh AC's Jennifer MacLean the top female with 1:42:19. Look out for scottishrunningguide.com's race report on Monday morning.