Online entries for this year’s record-breaking Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run have now closed but those wishing to take part still have one last chance to register.
Event organisers Glasgow Life have confirmed that 22,500 runners have now signed up for the senior (10k and half marathon) and junior (1.5k and 3k) races, smashing last year’s record of 20,868 and 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.
With entry levels up by 8% it was announced last week there will be a limit of 22,000 runners for the 10k and half marathon races on the Sunday. And with a combined entry total of 21,140 there are only 335 places left available for the half marathon and 518 for the 10k. There is no limit at present for the 1.5k and 3k junior races (9 to 17 year olds). Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis at the official race hotel, Jurys Inn Glasgow, 80 Jamaica Street.
The race office at the hotel will be open to take entries for all races on Thursday 2 September between 8am and 8pm and Friday 3 September between 8am and 8pm. It will also be open between 9am and 6pm on Saturday 4 September for the 10k and half marathon only. Further information can be found at the official race website www.runglasgow.org
right up till race weekend.
Councillor Archie Graham, the Deputy Leader of Glasgow City Council and the Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, who is running the 10k, said: “The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run is the nation’s premier road race, as can be seen by the number of people who plan to pull on their running shoes and take part this weekend.
“But with only a limited number of places available for the 10k and half marathon races now really is the time to enter. It promises to a fantastic weekend and one that will be remembered for a long time not just by the runners but by the thousands of Glaswegians who turn out to encourage and support their friends and family.”
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.