Although there was a distinct chill in the air, the weather was almost tropical compared to the rain that fell at the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run last year.
With light cloud and the sun peeking through on occasion, thousands of participants took to the streets of Glasgow for the annual event over Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September, thanking the Scottish weather for the almost perfect running conditions.
Hundreds of extremely enthusiastic Junior runners got the weekend off to a flying start on Super Saturday with Ethan Carolan, in the 12-15 category, and Craig Shennan in the 9-11 group taking victory for the Junior Boys, while Valencia White and Adelle Street took the top spot for the 12-15 and 9-11 Junior Girls category respectively ahead of the Family Mile..
Back by popular demand was the ever-competitive Mascot Race, with Harvey the Heart executing an impressive sprint finish to be awarded the coveted title of ‘fastest mascot’ with the day’s events rounded off with the athletes of the future taking their first steps in a major event with the Toddler Dash.
The events taking centre stage today were the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run 10k and half marathon, which was broadcast live on BBC2.
Adam Craig was the first male across the finish line in the 10k, clocking 29.43 ahead of Cameron Strachan, second in 31.20 with Daniel Bradford third in 31.22
In the women’s race, first place went to Gemma Steel in a time of 34.00 followed by Mhairi Maclennan in 34.12 for second. Elspeth Curran was third in 35.11.
The top spots in the 10k wheelchair race were claimed by Patrick Monahan in 24.31, swiftly followed by Sam Kolek and Kyle Brotherton in 27.58 and 28.07 respectively. Sammi Kinghorn took victory in the women’s race, clocking 30.36.
The weekend culminated with the half marathon, where thousands more runners of all ages and abilities crossed the finish line at Glasgow Green.
Way ahead of the field and clinching victory in a time of 62.07 was Chris Thompson, who eased to the win ahead of Marcin Chabowski in 62.24. Scottish athlete Luke Traynor led in the early stages but had to settle for third in 62.56.
In the women’s race, Mare Dibaba took a straightforward victory over 13.1 miles finishing in a time of 69.15, well ahead of Rose Chelimo in 71.07. Alia Gray was third in 73.32.
Bank of Scotland have been proud partners of the event for ten years running and this year also saw the second staging of the Community Challenge, supporting the Bank of Scotland’s ambition to get Scotland active. Runners representing the Scottish local authorities took on the challenge of the 10k today, having followed bespoke ’10 week to 10k’ training plans, created by a Great Run expert coach.
Philip Grant Chair, Scottish Executive Committee Lloyds Banking Group, said: “It’s been an extremely special year supporting the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run as 2018 marked our tenth year as proud partner. Congratulations to everyone who has been running alongside us throughout this magnificent journey. The event has gone from strength to strength since 2009 and is a truly unique celebration of running and community spirit.“
“A special thank you to those running for our Charity Partner, Mental Health UK and many other worthy charities today. Also to our community challenge runners, representing and making their communities proud by sharing their inspirational stories and taking on the 10k today.
Alex Jackson, Event Director for The Great Run Company, said: “This weekend has shown Glasgow at its finest and it’s amazing to see runners from so many different communities, near and far, coming together with one common goal.
“The huge levels of support across the routes not just from supporting family and friends but from local residents coming out to watch the action is fantastic.”
Entries for the 2019 Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run are now open at www.greatscottishrun.com.
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