Some of Glasgow’s most celebrated Mela dancers brought their perfect poise and timing to the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run countdown today.
In less than two weeks, up to 30,000 runners are expected to join in across the weekend of 1st and 2nd October by running through the streets of Glasgow.
Although entries for the half marathon are now closed, there is still time to enter the 10k, as entries remain open until October 1st.
Joining forces with another of the city’s most celebrated events, the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run this year includes entertainment from the Glasgow Mela, Scotland’s biggest, free multicultural festival.
Runners taking part in the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run love the entertainment on their route. It gives a much needed boost to push on if legs are getting tired, and it helps them over that finish line to collect their medal.
This year as they take on the challenge of either a 10k or a half marathon (13.1 miles), they can expect a great Glasgow cheer from the Mela performers.
Drumming up encouragement for the runners, will be musicians and dancers from acclaimed groups, including the Desi Bravehearts, Abhinaya Dance Group and Dance Addiction.
In preparation for Scotland’s biggest running event, some of the acts got a chance to warm-up and practice in the city’s Kelvingrove Park – home to the Glasgow Mela.
The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run starts with the Super Saturday family events on the 1st October, followed by the 10k and the half marathon on Sunday 2nd October, with the half marathon televised live on BBC Scotland. The routes take in some of the city’s iconic sights as it trails through the streets before entering Glasgow Green and the tree lined finish in the shadow of Nelson’s Monument.
Andy Mitchelmore, from the event organisers the Great Run Company, said, “Glasgow knows how to put on an event. The city is home to some fantastic fixtures, which includes the Glasgow Mela. We know how important support and encouragement is to our runners, we want to help them reach that finish line, and we’re sure the Mela will add sparkle, colour and make lots of noise.”
Councillor Archie Graham OBE, Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life, said: “The Great Scottish Run and the Mela are two of our city’s biggest events, and it’ll be really great to see them join forces to bring music and entertainment to participants.
“Glaswegians are known for our enthusiasm and friendliness – and this event will be no different. I’m sure the sound of our fantastic Mela performers will not only get runners across the finish line in style, but will also provide some stunning entertainment for supporters.”
Annette Barnes, Managing Director, Bank of Scotland (Retail) said “We are proud and excited to sponsor the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run for the 8th year in a row. The event is now recognised as one of the key moments in the annual running calendar and brings tens of thousands of people, of all ages and abilities, together. The atmosphere over the weekend is always electric and by partnering with the Glasgow Mela, Scotland’s biggest free multicultural festival, it promises to be more popular and vibrant than ever.”
Bank of Scotland has sponsored the event for eight years and this will be its second year with BBC Children in Need as its chosen Charity of the Year.
For more information and to enter the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run 10k, half marathon or Super Saturday events visit www.greatscottishrun.com
You can follow the event on Twitter @GreatScotRun using #greatscottishrun or on Facebook by searching Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run.