More than 3,000 primary school children from across Glasgow pulled on their trainers today (Friday 2 September) for the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run Schools Challenge at Glasgow Green.
Now in its second year, the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run Schools Challenge is an integral part of the race weekend at Scotland’s biggest mass participation sporting event. As well as taking part in a 1.5k fun run, school children in attendance are also given the opportunity to try out various sports at the ‘come and try’ village. Activities on offer included badminton, table tennis, rugby, golf, basketball, volleyball and cheerleading.
Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor George Redmond, said: “One of the great things about the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run is that it has something to offer people of all ages. It was fantastic to see so many young people down at Glasgow Green today for the schools challenge – we want to see our young people lead more active lifestyles and judging by the smiles on their faces today that won’t be a problem. It was a fantastic start to race weekend.”
Philip Grant, Chair of the Scottish Executive Committee, Lloyds Banking Group, said: “We are very proud that the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run provides so many opportunities for young people to get involved. It is very encouraging to have the extremely popular Bank of Scotland Schools Challenge return to Glasgow Green for the second year in a row with 3,000 school children taking part. The 1.5K and 3K Bank of Scotland Junior Races are also terrific events and hopefully the young runners we see taking part this weekend will be the Great Scottish Runners of the future.”
The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run 10k and half marathon senior races take place on Sunday (September 4) with the 1.5k and 3k junior races (9 to 17-year-olds) taking place on Saturday (September 3). People wishing to enter the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run 10k and half marathon races can still do so in person at Jury’s Inn, 80 Jamaica Street, Glasgow between 9am and 6pm tomorrow (Saturday). Please visit www.runglasgow.org
for further information.