Entries are open for the Great Scottish Run and organisers are busy working on new developments to add to the event’s enjoyment.
The half marathon and 10km races through central Glasgow are Scotland’s largest mass participation sporting event.
Participants start in waves, according to their expected finish times. This has the advantage that they run with others of a similar speed and it reduces jostling at the start of the race.
Entry fees have been frozen for the second year and there are early bird discounts until 22nd June. Organisers are this year offering a technical t-shirt option for participants, along with more of the same great organisation and atmosphere on race day.
Both races start right in Glasgow, at George Square and cross the Clyde river twice. The half marathon passes through Bellahouston Park, Pollok Country Park and skirts near Queen’s Park. All finish at historic and beautiful Glasgow Green.
Enter this race and look out for plenty of entertaining surprises along the route. This is a run that has a great atmosphere from start to finish. You can also follow the event on facebook and twitter.
Shorter distance events for children will again be held the day before, in the Junior Great Scottish Run.
Sundown Marathon marks its fifth anniversary this year, with organisers promising a great celebration. They say the event will be bigger and more exciting than in the past.
Sleep can wait, they say. Run at night and finish before sunrise. The course heads into Singapore city against a backdrop of skyscrapers.
There’s a kind of magic that takes place when you run at night. You see lights in the dark; you hear your footsteps and heartbeat; you smell the scent of the fresh night breeze; you touch the coolness of the air and you taste the nearing victory of completing your run.
Organiser Adrian Mok ran at night during a 168km ultramarathon and found the experience “incredible”.
"It is just different running at night. It's quieter and you are able to clear your mind to focus on your run. I want to bring this experience to all runners; the experience of running at night. We train at night, why don't we race at night?"
Three distances are on offer – 10km, half marathon and marathon, with each starting at different times throughout the night so that all are finished before sunrise.
There are two lead-up training runs for locals, starting from the Playground@Big Splash on 21st April and 6th May.
Next event date:
26 May 2012