10 Nov

The Joy Of Six

Southside SixA bitterly cold wind greeted over 300 runners at Glasgow’s Queen’s Park on Sunday (6 November) for The Southside Six. From six runners traversing six parks in the city’s south side in 2010, the 16-mile race has evolved into one of the must-do events on the Scottish race calendar.

The fast, downhill start took participants onto a testing mix of roads, trails, steps and inclines through Queens Park, Kings Park, Linn Park, Rouken Glen Park, Pollok Country Park, and Bellahouston Park. Runners then returned for a sharp climb up the Victorian park steps to the hill-top finish line back in Queen's Park.

Crispin Walsh (Bellahouston Harriers) raced home in 1.32.38, followed by Andrew Bonner (1.38.25) and Ian Carroll (1.38.55). Katie White (1.42.04) completed a successful weekend for Garscube Harriers women with Laura Wallace (1.47.58) of Ayr Seaforth AAC and Cani-fit’s Fiona Ramsay (1.51.11) completing the podium.

Registered blind runner Jay Semple was successfully guided round the route in an inspiring 3.06.56. Running guide Paul Blackler said afterwards: “Guide running is a challenge with endless road crossings, curb crossings, park trail runs, roundabout crossings, winding forest paths, busy roads and multiple sets of stairs. Could you imagine doing it blind?”

Full results are available on our race listings page.

Photo courtesy Sandra Hunter