The general public are being urged to don their trainers and take up the challenge of being their greatest, as the 2019 Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run officially launched today (Wednesday 3rd April).
With the countdown underway, runners of all abilities have six months to develop their training in preparation for what is set to be a celebration of health and wellbeing in Glasgow. The events will take place across an action packed weekend - the 28th and 29th September 2019. The event will be televised live on BBC Scotland.
Gathered at the iconic Tiger Mural in Glasgow, helping to launch this year’s event, colleagues from title sponsor Bank of Scotland were joined by Frances Simpson chief executive of support in Mind Scotland and founding trustee of Mental Health UK and a number of inspirational runners who have signed up to take on the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run.
Nikki Etheridge, from Glasgow, has challenged herself to take on the 10k course after losing her left leg below the knee due to sarcoma. Also donning their trainers are Lisa Ritchie and Emily Wallace who have both benefited immensely from running outdoors to boost their mental health. Lastly, showing age is just a number, Christine Thomson, 69, helped to launch the event after only taking up running 18 months ago.
With the Toddler Dash, Junior Run and Family Mile taking place on Super Saturday, and both the 10k and half marathon on the Sunday, there is a race for runners of all ages and abilities to aim for.
Starting in Glasgow’s George Square, crowds will line the streets and watch an expected 30,000 participants follow the unchanged route through the heart of the city. Runners will follow either the iconic 10k or half marathon routes before passing under McLennan Arch and being cheered over the finish line at Glasgow Green.
Alex Jackson from organisers The Great Run Company, said: “This year, The Great Scottish Run is keen to get runners of all ages and abilities to be their greatest as they tackle our iconic routes in what is Scotland’s biggest weekend of running.
“Every year Glasgow is transformed into a mecca for the serious and not so serious runners and we can’t wait to once again welcome previous participants and those keen to take on a new challenge for 2019.”
Philip Grant, Chair of the Scottish Executive Committee, Lloyds Banking Group, said: “Bank of Scotland is now in its 11th year of partnering with the Great Scottish Run. The annual running event continues to go from strength to strength – not only bringing together more than thirty thousand keen runners of all ages from across Scotland and beyond, but raising millions of pounds for worthy causes in the process.
“For the third year in a row, Bank of Scotland colleagues will be training and taking part in the event to raise money for our charity partner Mental Health UK. This year funds will support a programme which will equip young people with the skills and knowledge to protect their mental health now and for future challenges. We are urging everyone, no matter their ability, to lace up their trainers and sign up to one of the many fantastic events taking place across the 28th and 29th of September.”
For more information and to enter the bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run visit greatscottishrun.com
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