Members of the Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra took their instruments to the top of the STV building at Pacific Quay today to get a bird’s eye view of the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run route.
Taking place on Sunday 4 October, Scotland’s largest mass participation running event incorporates both a 10k and half marathon that wind their way through many of Glasgow’s best known streets.
Saturday October 3 also sees the popular Super Saturday returning to the city with a Toddler Dash, Family Mile and Junior Run.
There will be 30 members of the orchestra taking part in the 10k to raise funds for the Hout Bay Music Project Trust, which aims to deliver music opportunities to disadvantaged children in South Africa.
Twelve of the younger members will also be participating in the 2.5k Junior Run at the children’s Super Saturday events.
Founded in 1982, the Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra has over 100 members aged from 10 to 18.
Ciaran McHugh, from the orchestra, said: “We have recently returned from an international tour to South Africa where we had the opportunity to visit and share music with the wonderful Hout Bay Music Project in the township of Hout Bay just outside of Cape Town.
“The project helps disadvantaged children to learn and play music and it was a delight for us to share Scottish music with them while in South Africa. It is constantly in need of funding to continue providing tuition and to ensure the upkeep of musical instruments.
“We are very excited to be taking on the 10k to help the project with its vital fundraising activity. None of us have ever participated in a mass run like this so it will be a new experience for us all, but we can’t wait to get to the start line!”
Starting at George Square in the heart of Glasgow, the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run sees world class athletes and tens of thousands of club, charity and fun runners follow the iconic routes through the city before they enter Glasgow Green and reach the tree lined finishing straight in the shadow of Nelson’s Monument.
Last year the event drew a record-breaking number of entries, with over 30,000 registering across the weekend.
Andy Mitchelmore from organisers The Great Run Company said: “People from all walks of life come together to take on the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run for a variety of reasons – for personal goals, to get fitter or to raise money for charity.
“It’s brilliant to see so many members of the Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra signing up for the events to generate funds for a cause so close to their hearts. I wish them the very best of luck and look forward seeing them ‘en masse’ on the day!”
All events within the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run weekend are open for entries at www.greatscottishrun.com
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