The 2011 Ignis Asset Management Women’s 10k was launched in Glasgow’s busy Buchanan Street shopping precinct today as five women started their training with an impromptu outdoor step aerobics session.
Four ‘everyday’ women, who were chosen from hundreds of entries to front this year’s Women’s 10k Face of the Race campaign, were joined by Clyde 1 presenter Shebahn Littlejohn for their first workout of the year despite the winter weather conditions. Dressed in full running gear the girls worked up a sweat on Buchanan Street as their preparations for the Ignis Assest Management Women’s 10k on Sunday 8 May moved up a gear.
Fronting this year’s campaign are Liz Burns, Jill Smyllie, Ruth Webber and Jodie McNair. The inspirational quartet are taking part for very different reasons with Liz (43), who is a nurse, aiming to walk the course after a very challenging year with her health. Ruth (55) runs her own business and enjoys running because she can fit it in around her busy schedule. Teacher Jill (30) takes part every year and is aiming for a personal best while full-time student Jodie (18) runs to help her focus on her studies.
Race organisers Glasgow Life hope that by sharing their reasons for signing up more than 13,000 others will be encouraged to join them, for what has become one of the most loved events in the Scottish sporting calendar and the biggest race of its kind in the UK.
Race spokesperson Councillor Anne McTaggart said: “The Ignis Asset Management Women’s 10k is such a special day - I took part last year and it was just an amazing experience. The atmosphere is always incredible and everyone supports each other. It’s been said many times before but the Women’s 10k is like no other race – it is one of the best events in the country.
“It is only four months to the big day itself so now is the time to pull on your running shoes and start training as our Faces of the Race and Clyde 1’s Shebahn showed today.”
Clyde 1’s Shebahn Littlejohn will be joined by DJ Knoxy for the big race and Shebahn is already looking forward to the big day. She said: “Last year I ran the Women’s 10k in a chicken mascot suit! I can honestly say it was the most exhausting, yet exhilarating feeling crossing the finish line and I can’t wait to do it all again this year.
“I would encourage women of all shapes and sizes to get involved. If you want to hop, walk, skip or sprint, it’s an achievement to take part. I genuinely feel that the women’s 10k gives a real ‘girl power’ vibe. It’s so much fun and taking part last year with thousands of women actually brought a wee tear to my eye and I hope that thousands more women take part this year.”
Chris Samuel, Chief Executive, Ignis Asset Management said:
“Ignis is now in its 15th year as title sponsor of the 10k and the event’s popularity just keeps continuing to grow. It's very exciting to be involved in a race that attracts the full spectrum of runners – from elite athletes to club and fun runners. We look forward to the 2011 race being more successful than ever."
Once again, competitors will be able to take advantage of on-line “early bird” offers through the official race website www.runglasgow.org, which gives a discount of up to £7 to runners entering online before Friday 18 March or up to £14 for entering both the Women’s 10k and the September 2011 Great Scottish Run. Online registration is now available at £20.