Tens of thousands of runners from across Scotland and around the UK have taken part in the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run weekend, a two-day festival of running in the city over the 28 and 29 September.
Super Saturday in George Square catered for budding runners of all ages and abilities from toddlers taking their first strides in the Toddler Dash, to athletes in the making at the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run Family Mile and Junior events on Saturday.
Bank of Scotland ambassadors, TV and radio presenter and Jenni Falconer and Olympian and athletics legend, Sally Gunnell took on official starters duties on Sunday to see off all of those taking on the challenge of the 10k or Half Marathon on Sunday.
There was tough competition in the half marathon elite race, as Uganda’s Timothy Toroitich was victorious in a time of 61:29, Kenyans Micah Kogo and Stephen Kiprop took second and third place respectively, with Kogo finishing in 62:28 and Kiprop in 62:32.
2017 and 2018 Champion Chris Thompson, who was looking to make it a historic first three in a row for a British runner at the event came in seventh with.
In the women’s elite race, Kenya’s Edith Chelimo took first place and the course record in an incredible time of 67:38, beating the current holder Edna Kipligat, who managed 67:57 in 2014.
Chelimo’s compatriot Nancy Kiprop came second in 69:24 and Ethiopia’s Askale Merachi in third in a time of 69:34.
Calli Thackery of Rotherham Harriers & AC was the first British woman across the line with her time of 75:55 earning her fifth place.
In the 10K Max Milarvie of Victoria Park AAC in Glasgow was the first man home in 30:50, Richard Mair of Kilmarnock Harriers & AC was second in 31:17, while Thomas Cornthwaite of Salford Harriers was third 31:59.
Gemma Steel of Charnford AC took first place in the women’s race in a time of 35:29, Nynke Mulholland of Inverclyde Athletic Club was second in 36:46 and Alison Rowatt took third in 36:58.
Proud partners Bank of Scotland are celebrating their 11th year in partnership with the event. Staff were once again supporting Mental Health UK with almost 350 colleagues taking part across the weekend, many ran for the charity partnership which aims to promote the vital work Mental Health UK is doing to tackle a range of mental health challenges faced by communities right across the UK, including communities around Scotland.
Tara Foley, Managing Director, Bank of Scotland said:
“This was our 11th year of proudly supporting the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run and this weekend has been another tremendous success.
Our congratulations to all the runners who took on the challenge this this weekend, particularly Max Milarvie and Gemma Steel for winning the 10k and Timothy Torotich and Edith Chelimo in crossing the finish line first in the half-marathon. The event continues to be a fantastic celebration of running and community spirit, bringing together runners of all ages and abilities over two amazing days.”
“A special thank you to those running for our Charity partner, Mental Health UK and the many other worthy charities who all benefit from the significant fundraising achieved from this event.”
The whole weekend will be covered in a highlights programme on Monday 30 September at 7pm on BBC Scotland.
Entries are now open for the 2020 event or more information on the Great Scottish Run visit greatrun.org/Scotland