More than 5,200 women have already taken the challenge and signed up for this year’s Ignis Asset Management Women’s 10k – the largest race of its kind in UK.
This is a superb 15% on the same time last year, when an equally impressive 4,500 had signed up for race day, and demonstrates the event’s continued popularity with women from across Glasgow and further afield. The dramatic increase in entrants has been attributed to the success of the Women’s 10k ‘Faces of the Race’ marketing campaign.
Four ‘everyday’ women were chosen from hundreds of entries to front this year’s Women’s 10k ‘Faces of the Race’ campaign because of their inspirational stories. 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 is one of the most loved events in the Scottish sporting calendar and the biggest race of its kind in the UK.
The quartet are taking part for very different reasons with Liz Burns (43), who is a nurse, aiming to walk the course after a very challenging year with her health. Ruth Webber (55) runs her own business and enjoys running because she can fit it in around her busy schedule. Teacher Jill Smylie (30) takes part every year and is aiming for a personal best while full-time student Jodie McNair (18) runs to help her focus on her studies.
Organisers Glasgow Life are delighted with the numbers who have already signed up for the race on Sunday 8 May and are encouraging women to take advantage of the various discounted “early bird” offers currently available online.
Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor George Redmond, said: “Once again women are signing up in their thousands for the annual Ignis Asset Management Women’s 10k. There is no doubt that our Faces of the Race are proving hugely inspirational and encouraging women to take the 10k challenge.
“Everyone who runs the Women’s 10k has a story to tell and that is the driving force behind the Face of the Race campaign. To have more than 5,200 women signed up less than seven weeks after the launch date is fantastic. There are still a couple of weeks before the online discounted entries close so now is the time to sign up.”
Once again, competitors will be able to take advantage of online “early bird” offers through the official race website www.runglasgow.org
, which gives a discount of up to £7 to runners entering before Friday 18 March or up to £14 for entering both the Women’s 10k and the September 2011 Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run.