The sixth instalment of this year's Scottish Ultra Marathon Series is already a sell-out with 150 runners preparing for Saturday's (21July) Clyde Stride event. Setting off from Partick Railway Station in Glasgow, participants will have 10 hours to cover the 40 mile course.
Following on from last month's West Highland Way Race, the "Stride" will see runners race along one of Scotland's most accessible new pathways, following the course of the River Clyde from the centre of Glasgow through Hamilton, Strathclyde Park and Lanark.
To add an extra competitive edge to proceedings, the race looks like it may be vital in establishing a winner in this years SUMS. The top two male runners in the series, Grant Mayze (1931 points) and Andy Johns (1657), have both registered for Saturday's event. The women's competition is looking slightly more open, with a host of runners in contention for this year's series.
Looking ahead to Saturday's event, race organiser Lee MacLean told scottishrunningguide.com: "Entries for this year's race have been fantastic, and as with past events, it has attracted runners from all over the world, the most far flung this year is Singapore."
Even though Lee has organised much of the race herself, she was quick to praise the assistance she receives during the race: "With the WHW claiming a few casualties, a lot of the runners have offered to help out, which is amazing. without the help and support of a great band of marshals on the day it wouldn't be half the event it is."