Over 20,000 runners hit the streets to take part in Great Scottish Run

The event took place for the first time in three years over the weekend.

Over 20,000 runners hit the streets in Glasgow to take part in Great Scottish Run Great Scottish Run

More than 20,000 runners took to the streets as the Great Scottish Run returned to Glasgow for the first time in three years.

The 10k and half marathon races began in George Square as runners soaked up the atmosphere and music towards the finish line at Glasgow Green.

Triple Olympian Eilish McColgan made her debut at the run and broke her own 10k record with a time of 30:18.

Scottish marathon record holder Callum Hawkins, from Elderslie in Renfrewshire, took first place in the men’s half marathon while his brother Derek came in third place. 

Thousands ran from George Square to Glasgow Green.

Elite runners and grown-ups took part in races on Sunday, but over 1,200 young runners took part in the Junior and Mini Great Scottish Run and Toddler Dash on Saturday. 

Some of the city’s best-loved charity mascots also took part in a competitive 100m dash.

Paul Foster, chief executive of the Great Run Company said, “We’re so happy to be back in Glasgow after three years of cancellations due to the pandemic. 

“It was incredible to see 20,000 runners of all ages and abilities on the city’s streets this weekend. Some were running for charity, some for the challenge. 

“The Great Scottish Run has something for everyone, from elite runners to complete beginners. At the front of the field Eilish McColgan has set a British women’s 10k record for a mixed race, and, at the other end of the scale, we had over 1200 kids enjoying their own sprint to the finish line in the Junior and Mini Saturday events in George Square. 

Eilish McColgan broke her own 10k record.

“The people of Glasgow always give our runners an incredible welcome and support them right along the course, the atmosphere was absolutely incredible. 

“I’d like to thank everyone who took part – whether running, volunteering or spectating – and we hope to see you all again next year.” 

Glasgow Lord Provost Jacqueline McLaren said: “Glasgow has earned an international reputation for being an outstanding destination for sports events and a superb host city. It also has a strong track record of encouraging active participation in sports. 

“The Great Scottish Run really is a perfect example of all of that; inspiring and encouraging people of all ages to get involved and to keep running.”

The event returned after three years
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