The 2012 Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run has smashed the record for attracting the highest number of entries ever, since the race was introduced in 1982. 24,089 people registered for this weekend’s festival of running, surpassing the previous record of 23,386 set in 2010.
For the first time since 2006, a runner successfully defended his title, with Joesph Birech claiming first place in the half marathon with a time of 63 minutes and 15 seconds. Sohta Hoshi from Japan finished second in a time of 63 minutes and 50 seconds, with John Kelai finishing in a time of 64 minutes and 18 seconds in third place.
Ethiopian Bezunesh Bekele finished in first place in the Women’s half marathon in a time of 69 minutes and 10 seconds. Second was Aya Nagata in 72 minutes and third was Grace Momanyi in 72 minutes and 42 seconds.
The first wheelchair athlete to finish the half marathon was Phil Hogg in 56 minutes and 43 seconds. The first Scot to complete the half marathon was Ross Houston in 8th position in a time of 66 minutes and 28 seconds. The first female Scot home was Hayley Haining in 24th position in a time of 75 minutes and 2 seconds.
The 10k was won by Murray Strain in a time of 30 minutes 57 seconds. Elspeth Curran also successfully defended her 2011 title in a time of 35 minutes 02 seconds. The first wheelchair athlete to finish was Samantha Kinghorn in time of 35 minutes 32 seconds.
Chair of Glasgow Life and Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, Councillor Archie Graham, said: “The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run has broken another record in securing over 24,000 runners, which maintains our position as the largest mass participation sporting event in the country. I’d like to congratulate everyone who took part in any of the races held this weekend.”
With six separate races over the weekend, the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run is the most inclusive race of its kind in the country, where family and friends and people of all ages and abilities can compete together.
During the race, a male runner taking part in the half marathon collapsed and was later confirmed to have died. Councillor Archie Graham, the Chair of Glasgow Life and Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the man who died at this very sad time.”
|10k results (male)
|1.||Murray Strain||30 minutes 57 seconds
|2.||Wejene Tafese||30 minutes and 58 seconds|
|3.||Luke Traynor||31 minutes and 7 seconds|
|10k results (female)|
|1.||Elspeth Curran||35 minutes and 02 seconds|
|2.||Fiona Matheson||35 minutes and 09 seconds|
|3.||Abbey McGhee||35 minutes and 37 seconds|
|Half marathon (male) |
|1.||Joseph Birech||63 minutes and 15 seconds|
|2.||Sohta Hoshi||63 minutes and 50 seconds|
|3.||John Kelai||64 minutes and 18 seconds|
|Half marathon (female) |
|1.||Bezunesh Bekele||69 minutes and 10 seconds|
|2.||Aya Nagata||72 minutes|
|3.||Grace Momanyi||72 minutes and 42 seconds|
|1.||Samantha Kinghorn||35 minutes and 32 seconds|
|Half marathon (wheelchair)|
|1.||Phil Hogg||56 minutes and 43 seconds|
|2.||Megan Dawson Farrell||92 minutes and 59 seconds|
|Elite Invitational Mile|
|Elite Invitational Mile||Euan Gillham||4 minutes and 23 seconds|
|3k junior (male)||Jonathan Glen||9 minutes and 09 seconds|
|3k junior (female) ||Kathryn Gillespie||10 minutes and 06 seconds|
|junior mile (male) ||Ross Croall||5 minutes and 27 seconds|
|junior mile (female) ||Emma Ferrie||5 minutes and 51 seconds|
|3k junior (wheelchair) ||Samatha Kinghorn||10 minutes and 23 seconds|