Scotland’s leading female athlete, Lee McConnell, will join a host of famous faces at Glasgow’s George Square today (1 March) for the launch of the 2011 Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run – the largest mass participation sporting event in the country.
Ms McConnell lined up alongside STV Sport Centre’s Gerry McCulloch and Sheelagh McLaren, Clyde 1 presenters George Bowie and Romeo, together with Bank of Scotland’s Susan Rice, Managing Director, Lloyds Banking Group Scotland and Councillor Archie Graham, the Deputy Leader of Glasgow City Council and the Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games.
Last year’s record-breaking Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run was the biggest ever with an incredible 23,386 people signing up for the event. This was an impressive 12% up on the 2009 record of 20,868 and does not include 3,000 children who attended a schools’ day as part of race weekend.
Runners, including colleagues from Bank of Scotland, who took part in last year’s race and are participating again this year, were also at the outdoor training session in George Square – along with giant cut outs of iconic Glasgow landmarks representing the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run race route.
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 4 September 2011, with the 1.5k and 3k junior races taking place on Saturday 3 September.
Organisers Glasgow Life are already working round the clock to ensure that this year’s event is bigger and better than before and are expecting the usual mix of elite athletes, first-time runners and those running to raise money for a charity close to their heart.
Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor George Redmond, said: “The success of last year’s race weekend showed just why the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run is the country’s premier road race. It has it all from an exceptional field of elite athletes to thousands of everyday heroes running to raise money for charity.
“Every year we see new records set, from personal bests to the numbers taking part, and last year saw us reach a new milestone with a truly amazing and record-breaking 23,386 people registering for the various races. It was indeed a day to remember but we are already looking forward to this year’s event when once again we hope to set new records.”
Councillor Archie Graham, the Deputy Leader of Glasgow City Council and the Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, who ran the 10k last year, said: “It is a hugely exciting time for sporting events in the city with the 2014 Commonwealth Games on the horizon. I am sure the people of Glasgow and further afield will once again turn out in thousands and ensure the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run retains its position as the country’s largest mass participation sport event.”
Susan Rice, Managing Director for Lloyds Banking Group, Scotland, said “Bank of Scotland is looking forward to its second year as main supporter of the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run. The record-breaking 2010 event was deemed a phenomenal success.
“It highlighted that 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.”
One of the main attractions of the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run is it gives runners the chance to see some of the best sites in Glasgow with the race route starting in Glasgow’s George Square and finishing in the picturesque Glasgow Green. Along the way runners get the fantastic opportunity to cross the River Clyde on the Kingston Bridge – one of the busiest traffic bridges in Europe.