A reminder service is now open for the 2018 Simplyhealth Great Women’s Run. Sign up now at: Greatrun.org/Womens

5,000 women took to Glasgow’s west end for a celebration of running at Simplyhealth Great Women’s Run.

Glasgow’s biggest women’s-only running event returned to the city, featuring the popular 10k course and a brand new 3km distance for beginners.

The 10k took runners out through the city centre where they passed iconic buildings such as Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow University, the Riverside Museum and the SSE Hydro, crossing the River Clyde via Bell’s Bridge then back over the Clyde Arc as they headed towards the 8k marker.

Before finishing in the scenic surroundings of Kelvingrove Park, the runners were spurred on by the crowds of spectators, music both at the start and on course and eight official bands on the run.

There were some impressive performances at the front of the field, as well as some well-known faces out on the route including presenter Jennifer Reoch, from STV who was running for the STV Appeal.

First across the finish line was Michelle Sandison. She was followed home by Sharon Muir from Inverclyde Athletics Club and fellow club member Julie Gordon in third.

Billy Garrett, Director of Sport at Glasgow Life, was on hand to set the runners off in four waves before Caroline Colemn, Managing Director of Simplyhealth Professionals, started the 3k course in the afternoon, which had a special mummies-n-buggies wave, for mums who wanted to get involved with the newest members of their family.

In a first for this year, the Simplyhealth Great Women’s Run featured six ambassadors – known as the Super Six.

These six women, Lisa Northcote, Clare Farquhar, Liz Craig, Eilidh Reid, Sarah Miller and Lorna Stevens, entered the event with a different story and reason for running, but were united by one passion for running.

John May from event organisers, the Great Run Company, said: “The Simplyhealth Great Women’s Run is the chance for women from all walks of life to come together and support each other.

 “Whether participants came out this morning aiming for a PB, to raise funds for charity, or to take on a brand new running challenge in our new 3k event, each one achieved something amazing today.

“From the first across the finish line to the last across the line, congratulations to each and every one and we look forward to seeing them in 2018.”

Caroline Coleman, Managing Director of Simplyhealth Professionals, said: “It was a privilege to set thousands of ladies on their way across the start line of both the 10k and the 3k at the Simplyhealth Great Women’s Run, and see the smiles on their faces as they finished.

“We want to get millions of people moving through our partnership with Great Run and it was brilliant to see so many women showing how fantastic running can make you feel.”

A reminder service is now open for the 2018 Simplyhealth Great Women’s Run. Sign up now at: Greatrun.org/Womens