Organisers of the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run have announced that only a limited number of places remain available for this year’s 10k and half marathon races after a record number of entries.
More than 21,750 participants have already signed up for this year’s races – smashing through last year’s record of 20,868 – ensuring the event retains its crown of being the largest mass participation sporting event in the country. The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run combines the half marathon and 10k senior races, which take place on Sunday 5 September 2010, with the 1.5k and 3k junior races on Saturday 4 September.
And with only a week to go before the race weekend it has been confirmed that there will be a limit of 22,000 runners for the 10k and half marathon races on the Sunday. Entry levels for the 10k and half marathon currently stand at 20,500 – an increase of over 6% on last year – leaving only 1,500 places available. Those wishing to run can still register on the official race website www.runglasgow.org
until midday on Tuesday 31 August.
The decision to cap entry levels for both races has been taken to ensure runners get the safest and best possible race-day experience – a key priority for the event. When finalising this year’s race routes in spring this year, a number of improvements were introduced, including revised starting pulses (groupings of runners starting at the same time), which were designed to ensure that the event continues to meet the expectations of the growing numbers taking part.
Councillor Archie Graham, the Deputy Leader of Glasgow City Council and the Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, who is taking part in the 10k is delighted the event has once again proved so popular with the running community and wider public.
Councillor Graham said: “The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run continues to set new records, with this year’s event well on course to be the biggest and best ever. To have surpassed last year’s entry levels with only a week to race weekend is a remarkable achievement and shows exactly why it is Scotland’s largest mass participation sporting event.
“In planning for the event we have taken great care to ensure that we give participants an even better race-day experience. We had already made a number of small but significant changes to the race routes, which will ensure that runners continue to enjoy the event. The race is rightly regarded as one of the highlights in the running calendar and we are all looking forward to another hugely successful weekend.”
Susan Rice, Managing Director for Lloyds Banking Group Scotland, said: “It is fantastic news that more runners than ever before will take to the streets of Glasgow next weekend for the Bank of Scotland Scottish Run. We are delighted that so many experienced and aspiring runners take the opportunity to experience Scotland’s biggest mass participation sporting event. I am looking forward to seeing everyone at George Square for the start of the 10k and half marathon races and I wish everyone the very best of luck.”
There is no limit at present for the 1.5k and 3k junior races (9 to 17 year olds) on the Saturday. Those still wishing to run can still register on www.runglasgow.org
until midday on Tuesday 31 August.
The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run is one of the most inclusive races of its kind, where family and friends and people of all ages can compete together. Entrants for this year’s races have come from all across the world including Spain, Canada and Brazil.