Thousands of athletes take part in Great Scottish Run
Written by News on 1st October 2018
People from all across Scotland donned their running shoes at the weekend to take part in the Great Scottish Run.
Saturday and Sunday saw the city centre taken over with athletes, spectators and volunteers as thousands ran for charity.
The event took runners from George Square to Glasgow Green in the juniors race, the 10k and the half-marathon.
Young Ethan Carolan took victory in the 12-15 category, and Craig Shennan won in the 9-11 group for the junior boys. Valencia White and Adelle Street took took to the podium for the 12-15 and 9-11 Junior Girls category respectively ahead of the Family Mile.
Sunday saw the main events, the 10k and half marathon, take place across the city despite the wind and rain.
In the 10k, Adam Craig was the first male across the finish line in a time of 29.43, with Cameron Strachan and Daniel Bradford not far behind with 31.20 and 31.22 respectively.
In the women’s race, Gemma Steel took first place with a time of 34.00, quickly followed by Mhairi Maclennan with 34.12 and Elspeth Curran inthird in 35.11.
The half marathon saw elite runners Chris Thompson and Mare Dibada take the top spots for the men’s and women’s races.
Philip Grant Chair, Scottish Executive Committee Lloyds Banking Group, said: “It’s been an extremely special year supporting the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run as 2018 marked our tenth year as proud partner. Congratulations to everyone who has been running alongside us throughout this magnificent journey. The event has gone from strength to strength since 2009 and is a truly unique celebration of running and community spirit.“
“A special thank you to those running for our Charity Partner, Mental Health UK and many other worthy charities today. Also to our community challenge runners, representing and making their communities proud by sharing their inspirational stories and taking on the 10k today.
Alex Jackson, Event Director for The Great Run Company, said: “This weekend has shown Glasgow at its finest and it’s amazing to see runners from so many different communities, near and far, coming together with one common goal.
“The huge levels of support across the routes not just from supporting family and friends but from local residents coming out to watch the action is fantastic.”