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KIPSIRO AND KIPLAGAT WIN BANK OF SCOTLAND GREAT SCOTTISH RUN

05 October 2015

Moses Kipsiro clinched victory in the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run half marathon today with a time of 01:02:18.

Kipsiro was joined by a record-breaking number of participants who all took on various running challenges over the weekend, with over 30,000 taking part across three days of events for all ages and abilities.

Second spot was claimed in spectacular fashion by Scottish favourite Callum Hawkins after a personal best performance completing the half marathon in 01:02:42 followed by Japheth Korir in third position with a time of 01:03:14.

The female race saw Edna Kiplagat as the first woman over the line in a time of 01:08:21, retaining her Great Scottish Run title from 2014. She was closely followed by Doris Changeiywo in 01:09:50 and Gemma Steel in 01:09:56.  Jo Pavey came in fourth with a time of 01:09:58, breaking the British record for a female half marathon runner over 40.

The 10k was won by Ben Stevenson of Falkirk Victoria Harriers in a time of 31:06 with the women’s title being taken by Jenny Bannerman of Inverness Harriers who crossed the line in 35:41.

Elite wheelchair athletes competed in the 10k with the top honour going to Simon Lawson of Great Britain in 23:33 while the first female was Sammi Kinghorn from Great Britain in a time of 28:44.

Culminating today with the main 10k and half marathon, the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run started on Friday 2 October with pupils from across Scotland taking part in a 1.5k fun run at the Schools Challenge in Glasgow Green. 
This was followed by ‘Super Saturday’ on 3 October, with the popular event attracting over 3,000 participants to a range of family and children’s runs including the ever-exciting Toddler Dash involving 300 little ones (100 metres), Junior Run (2.5km) and Family Mile, all starting and finishing in George Square.

Super Saturday also played host to the event’s first ever mascot race, with mascots from across Scotland going head-to-head in a 100m dash for glory. FARE Bear from FARE trounced the competition and can now claim to be officially the fastest mascot in Scotland!

To round off a fantastic weekend of running, an incredible number took to the streets of Glasgow today for the 10k and half marathon, starting at George Square and crossing the finish line at Glasgow Green.

Mark Hollinshead, CEO of The Great Run Company, said: “Today has been the culmination of Scotland’s biggest ever weekend of running with over 30,000 participants. The atmosphere on the streets of the city has been superb throughout and the weekend has been capped off by a brilliant performance and PB for Callum Hawkins. The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run is cementing itself as one of the leading events in the international athletics calendar.”

Philip Grant, Chair of Scottish Executive Committee, Lloyds Banking Group, said: "We were once again delighted to support the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run. The whole weekend has been a massive success and it was particularly exciting to watch our Bank of Scotland colleague Jenny Bannerman take first place in the Women's 10k.

"We would like to say a special thank you to those running for our Charity of the Year, BBC Children in Need. It was brilliant to see so many of them cross the finish line with the smiles still on their faces.

"We would also like to thank Paula Radcliffe, our Bank of Scotland Race Ambassador, who was in our marquee meeting all the runners and their supporters."

To enter the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run 2016, please visit www.greatscottishrun.com

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