Chris Thompson clinched victory in the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run half marathon today with a time of 62.44 in a record weekend of running which saw 30,000 people pound the streets of Glasgow over three days of events for all ages and abilities.
First Scot over the finish line was last year’s winner Callum Hawkins, who finished second in 63.18 just ahead of Tsegai Tewelde in third.
Flomena Daniel was the first woman over the line with a time of 70.17, with Charlotte Purdue second in 72.18. The first Scottish woman to finish was Fionnuala Ross, who finished third overall, with a time of 74.26.
Scottish World Para Athletics Championship 100m and 200m gold medallist Sammi Kinghorn won the women’s wheelchair 10k race in 29.45, while Sean Frame was men’s winner in 29.28.
In the 10K races which set off earlier in the morning in Glasgow, Stuart Gibson took victory in a time of 31.37, with Alasdair McLeod second in 31.55 and Darren Thom third in 32.55.
Rebecca Murray took the women’s race in 34.30, ahead of Jenny Bannerman who clocked 35.50 and Claire Bruce third in 35.55.
Culminating today with the main 10k and half marathon, the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run started on Friday 29 September with thousands of pupils from across Glasgow taking part in a 1.5k fun run at the Schools Challenge in Glasgow Green.
This was followed by ‘Super Saturday’ on 30 September, 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 over 300 little ones (100 metres), Junior Run (2.5km) and Family Mile, all starting and finishing in George Square.
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. The half marathon was broadcast around the UK on BBC Two.
This year also saw the introduction of the Community Challenge, supporting the Bank of Scotland’s ambition to get Scotland active. Runners from each of Scotland’s local authority areas were invited to apply to take on a ’10 week to 10k’ running challenge. Open to new and existing runners with a very personal reason for taking part, each of the runners followed a bespoke training programme created by a Great Run expert coach.
Alex Jackson from organisers the Great Run Company said" “Today has been the culmination of Scotland’s biggest ever weekend of running with over 30,000 participants. Congratulations to the winners, to all the runners who took part and, as ever, our profound thanks to the people of Glasgow who lined the streets and created such a great atmosphere to cheer them on.
“The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run continues to go from strength-to-strength both in terms of its sheer scale and the demand for places.”
Philip Grant, Chair, Scottish Executive Committee, Lloyds Banking Group, said: “This is our 9th year of supporting the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish and we continue to see its resounding success year after year. Congratulations to all the runners and our community challenge runners.
"We were delighted to see them represent their communities and take up the 10k in such an inspiring way. The event is a unique celebration of running and community spirt and therefore supports our aim and our commitment to helping Scotland prosper and making a difference in our local communities.
“A special thank you to those running for our Charity of the Year, Mental Health UK and many other worthy charities. A personal highlight this year was seeing the delight on runners faces as they crossed the finish line.”
A reminder service for the 2018 Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run is open at www.greatscottishrun.com
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