A specially assembled team of runners took a trip around Bellahouston Park today (Thursday 8 March) for the launch of the 2012 Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run, which will take place on Sunday 2 September.
The group included Clyde 1 presenters Romeo and George Bowie and Clyde 2’s Alan Edwards, Philip Grant, Chair of the Scottish Executive Committee, Lloyds Banking Group, Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor George Redmond and members of local Bank of Scotland branches who have already signed up for the road races in September.
Keen to better last year’s incredible Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run, which saw over 22,500 register for the event, Romeo, George and Alan are urging people to join them in signing up and smash that total in 2012. It was the third year in a row that entry levels broke the 20,000 mark, ensuring the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run retains its crown as the largest mass participation sporting event in the country.
Giving people of all ages and abilities the chance to take part, the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run combines the half marathon and 10k senior races, which take place on Sunday 2 September 2012, with the 1.5k and 3k junior races taking place on Saturday 1 September. The much-loved senior road races, which start at the City’s George Square and is the only time the public are given the opportunity to run across the Kingston Bridge, is certain to excite the usual mix of elite athletes, first-time entrants and those running to raise money for a charity close to their heart.
Organiser Glasgow Life has made a number of improvements to ensure that this year’s event is bigger and better than before. In order to ensure excellent value for money and a great experience for our runners, the entry price for the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run will be frozen at £20 for the 10k and £25 for the half-marathon, a price held since the 2010 event.
Clyde 1 presenter Romeo said “I am delighted to be taking part in the 2012 Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run. It is a very special event for this proud city and I encourage everyone to get involved, not only because they will have so much fun training and taking part, but it is a great opportunity to raise funds for some well deserving charities.”
Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor George Redmond, said: “The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run is the country’s premier road race and a day that means so much to so many. Last year was incredible, with over 20,000 people powering through the streets of Glasgow. We listened to what these runners had to say – good and bad – and have made some key improvements to make sure it says that way.
“With six months to go there is plenty of time to pull on your running shoes and start training as the Clyde gang did today.”
Councillor Archie Graham, the Deputy Leader of Glasgow City Council and the Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, said: “2012 promises to be an incredible year for sport. Glasgow’s reputation as a home of sport is known the world over – and ever more so as we count down the days to 2014, when the city will host the Commonwealth Games and when the eyes of the world will be on us.
“I am confident the people of Scotland will join us today in signing up for the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run and in doing so will ensure it retains its position as the country’s largest mass participation sporting event.”
Philip Grant, Chair of the Scottish Executive Committee, Lloyds Banking Group, said “Bank of Scotland is looking forward to its third year as main supporter of the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run. Entries from the public have surpassed expectations every year of our involvement which is testament to the ever growing popularity of the event.
“People of all ages and abilities want to train for and take part in an event that's both fun and also helps them maintain a more active lifestyle. We are proud to support Scotland’s largest mass participation event and wish all those taking part the best of luck with their preparations.”