Bellahouston Park was turned into a sea of red yesterday as the Glasgow Running Network’s annual 5k Fun Run set yet another record.
Since its launch in 2001 the 5k Fun Run has grown in popularity and last year attracted a record-breaking 650 participants. However, this year an impressive 780 people signed up – an increase of 20% on 2010. From dedicated club runners looking to set personal bests to those running for the first time the fun run had it all, including bright red t-shirts which were proudly worn by those taking part.
As well as being a fun day out for runners, the 5k race represents a key training milestone for those taking part in longer distance races including the 2011 Ignis Asset Management Women’s 10k on Sunday 8 May and the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run on Sunday 4 September.
Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor George Redmond, was one of those who pulled on his trainers for the race. He said: “We are striving to encourage people to lead more active lifestyles, so to see so many out there taking part in yesterday's fun run was fantastic. It showed that people in this city have a real appetite to get active.
“In recent years we have seen numbers increase and today set another record with around 780 people taking the 5k challenge. I am sure that it will have inspired others to get training for some of the other fantastic fitness and sports events in the city over the coming months.”
Louise Morgan, Physical and Outdoor Activities Officer with the Glasgow Running Network, said: “Congratulations to everyone who took part in the 5k Fun Run. It was great to see so many people and so many smiling faces all around because that is what the day is all about.
“We thought last year’s entry numbers were great but this year was even better as we set a new record. Even if you have never run before, 5k is an achievable distance and once again we welcomed runners, joggers and walkers. We are already looking forward to next year when we hope to be even bigger again.”