The Dunblane 25-year-old is a specialist over 3,000m 5,000m and 10,000m having represented Great Britain at the Olympic Games and this summer’s World Athletics Championships, but will take on his first 13.1mile-event as part of Scotland’s biggest weekend of running on October 1 to kick-start his winter season.
Butchart’s summer ended last weekend with an appearance at the Great North CityGames athletics event in NewcastleGateshead, and with April’s Commonwealth Games in Australia on the horizon, the hard work will start with a distance he has never taken on competitively.
Butchart, the Scottish record holder over 3,000m and 5,000m, said: “I’ve never done a half marathon competitively or otherwise, so this is a first for me. I’m looking forward to it, especially being in Glasgow.
“I’m not planning to do another one after it, I just wanted to see what it was like and how I would cope. It’s my first race of the winter and we’re going to try and give my body a good shock after the break, a good hard hit to the system to kick start the winter phase of training.”
The Central AC athlete is looking forward to the support from Scotland’s athletics fans around the iconic course in the city centre.
He said: “That’s the main reason I’m doing the race, I want to race in Scotland. It’ll be good to see the Scottish fans supporting the athletes.
“I’ll be able to give back to the Scottish people that have supported me over my career. I’m sure the support is going to help me along those 13.1 miles.
“It’ll give me a taster as to what is to come next year.”
Starting at George Square in the heart of Glasgow, the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run sees runners follow the iconic 10k and half marathon routes through the city before they enter Glasgow Green and reach the tree lined finish straight in the shadow of Nelson’s Monument, with the action captured live on BBC Television.
The weekend kicks off on Friday, when thousands of schoolchildren from Glasgow will participate in the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run School’s Challenge.
Super Saturday is back for 2017, with children, families and furry friends ready to take over George Square in a range of events.
The 2.5k Junior Run welcomes young club runners from around Scotland, with athletics stars of the future battling it out on the city centre course.
This is followed by the Family Mile for children aged 3-8 and parents or family members. The one-mile course is a great way to get kids in to sport from an early age with many of them outrunning their adult companions.
The ever-popular 100m Mascot Race will take place before the high octane Toddler Dash. Mascots from charities and sports clubs around Scotland will line up to take on the dash for glory and then cheer the toddlers over the finish line.
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