With less than a week to go to race weekend, The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run continues to be as popular as ever with around 21,000 aspiring runners already signed up and ready for the start line. The 10k and half marathon senior races take place on Sunday 4 September and the 1.5k and 3k junior races (9 to 17-year-olds) on Saturday 3 September. Places are filling up fast for all races and runners only have until noon tomorrow (Tuesday 30 August) to sign up online at www.runglasgow.org
to take their place in Scotland’s biggest mass participation sporting event.
A host of famous faces have already confirmed they will be taking part including TV star Nell McAndrew, Miss Scotland, Olympian Jason Gardener MBE, Texas guitarist Ally McErlaine, Clyde 1 DJs Romeo and Knoxy and STV’s Raman Bhardwaj and Debi Edwards. They will be joined by thousands of first-time runners and everyday heroes running to raise money for a variety of good causes and charities. Organisers Glasgow Life are already working round the clock to ensure that this year’s event is bigger and better than before.
Double Olympic Gold medallist and Bank of Scotland race ambassador Daley Thompson will be in George Square on Sunday to start the 10k and half marathon races. Thompson said: “I used to run in Scotland all the time so I am really looking forward to the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run. Everyone will have a good time – I have heard so many good things about the event.”
Clyde 1’s Romeo is taking part in the half marathon but is also looking forward to the junior races on Saturday 3 September. He said: “Last year’s junior races were a real highlight and it was great to see so many young people taking part. I’d urge any other youngsters thinking about joining us to go for it. With a 1.5k and 3k option the junior run is an achievable challenge for all.”
Entry to the half marathon and 10k senior races on Sunday 4 September costs £29 and £24. Entry to the 1.5k and 3k junior races costs £6, with Glasgow Young Scot and Kidz Card holders getting a £3 discount. All prices have been frozen at 2010 rates giving runners an extra incentive to sign up.
Other activity over race weekend includes the Bank of Scotland London 2012 Olympic Torch Tour which will give participants and their families the opportunity to see the London 2012 Olympic Torch and find out how to nominate someone who they think deserves to carry the Olympic Flame in the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay next year.
Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor George Redmond, said: “The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run continues to go from strength to strength and remains the country’s premier road race with around 21,000 people already signed up. It has it all from an exceptional field of elite athletes to thousands of everyday heroes running to raise money for charity. And with only one week to go to race weekend now is the time to sign up and join in the fun. It promises to be a fantastic experience for all those taking part.”
Philip Grant, Chair of the Scottish Executive Committee, Lloyds Banking Group, said “2011 marks the third year of Bank of Scotland’s support and the event continues to go from strength to strength. This year we are delighted to bring the Bank of Scotland London 2012 Olympic Torch Tour to the event. Good luck to all those taking part, whether you are targeting a new personal best or raising awareness or funds for your chosen charity I hope everyone has an enjoyable and unforgettable day.”