A BISHOPBRIGGS man is set to take on his 25th consecutive half marathon at this year’s Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run.
Richard Morrow first took part in the iconic event after seeing it advertised in his local gym in 1994.
The 46-year-old will now join thousands others at the run in Glasgow city centre on Sunday, 30 September.
Richard said: “I took part in my first event to challenge myself and see if I could actually complete the race, as I hadn’t done any serious running up to that point and also because I really wanted the medal you receive at the end. But I also really enjoyed being part of the event.
“I wouldn’t class myself as a serious or overly obsessive runner, I just take part each year as it makes me feel satisfied that I am taking action to keep my weight down and my body in good condition.
“I admit that I have taken part in some half marathons throughout the years where I haven’t done the necessary training and have really struggled. But I think I’m well prepared this time so I am really looking forward to completing race twenty five feeling fully trained and ready to go.”
The Great Scottish Run will once again be supported by Bank of Scotland, who this year is celebrating its tenth year as partner.
With the Toddler Dash, Junior Run and Family Mile taking place on Super Saturday, 29th September and both the 10k and half marathon on the Sunday, up to 30,000 runners of all ages and abilities are expected to take part.
The Bank of Scotland Community Challenge, which was first staged last year as part of the Bank of Scotland’s mission to get Scotland more active by encouraging runners from each Scottish Local Authority to apply to take on a tailored ‘10 week to 10k challenge’, will also return.
Alex Jackson, from organisers the Great Run Company, said: “It’s fantastic to have the continued support of Bank of Scotland and its partnership over the last 10 years has been invaluable in helping build the event into Scotland’s biggest weekend of running.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming all our runners to the city again in September for what will be another action packed weekend.”
Philip Grant, Chair of the Scottish Executive Committee, Lloyds Banking Group, said: “I am immensely proud of Bank of Scotland’s 10 year partnership with the Great Scottish Run. Since 2009, it has evolved into Scotland’s largest mass participation event, bringing together more than thirty thousand runners of all abilities and ages from all over Scotland.”
“It also raises millions of pounds for many worthy causes and for the second year running it will give our colleagues the opportunity to take on the challenge for our charity partner, Mental Health UK. The significant fundraising achieved through this important event underscores our ambition to help Scotland prosper.”
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