Glasgow was bathed in sunshine yesterday (Sunday 5 June) as more than 6,000 runners took on Scotland’s premier women-only running event – The Great Women’s 10K. The race featured a new route, starting and finishing on Kelvin Walkway in the city’s west end.
Participants ran out through the city centre where they passed iconic buildings such as Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow University, the Riverside Museum and the SSE Hydro, crossing the River Clyde via Bell’s Bridge just passed halfway, before heading back over the Clyde Arc as they approached the 8k marker.
Before finishing in the scenic surroundings of Kelvingrove Park, the runners were spurred on by the crowds of spectators, music both at the start and on course, and by the pipers who helped tick off four of the 10 kilometres. There were some impressive performances at the front of the field, as well as a few well-known faces out on the route with Yvie Burnett, vocal coach from The Voice and The X Factor, Jennifer Reoch and Rona Dougall from STV Glasgow, and Cassi Gillespie from Radio Clyde.
First across the finish line in a time of 36:59 was Gemma Rankin of Kilbarchan AC, claiming victory for the second year in a row. She was followed home by Sarah Benson who clocked a time of 37:12 with Lesley Chisholm in third place in 37:39
Winner Gemma said: “I started my running career with this event and it’s always a race I come back to. This is the first 10k I’ve done this year so I’m really pleased, it’s been a great day.”
Bailie Eva Bolander was on hand to set the runners off in four waves. First up were those focusing on their finish time, while the remaining three waves crossed the start line to the most popular hits from the ‘80s, ‘90s and Now (noughties and present day).
Yvie Burnett said after completing the race: “That was the best run ever, in my favourite city. Running round in the sunshine with fabulous Scottish women. What's not to like? I'm feeling exhilarated!"
For results, visit our race listings page. To enter the 2017 Great Women’s 10k go to the Great Run website.