Thousands of women pulled on their trainers and hit the streets of Glasgow today (10 June) for the Simplyhealth Great Women’s Run.

Getting the run officially started by offering words of encouragement and sounding the air horn was Bailie Jacqueline McLaren.

She sent the runners on their way around the 10k course which takes in a number of the city's most iconic buildings including Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow University, the Riverside Museum and the SSE Hydro.

After following the route through the west end, runners crossed the River Clyde via Bell’s Bridge then back over the Clyde Arc before finishing in the scenic surroundings of Kelvingrove Park having been spurred on by the crowds of spectators, on course entertainment and pipers that helped tick off the kilometres.

Gemma Steel was first over the line completing the course in 34:09. She was followed home by Annabel Simpson taking second place with a time of 36:23 and Julie Beveridge in third, completing the course in 40:39.

Speaking of her win, Gemma said: “It’s good to be here in Scotland and winning on a great course. It was very warm out there but I really enjoyed the run today.”

Women of all abilities took part in the female-only event, many raising much-needed funds for their chosen charities, each with their own inspiring reasons for taking part.

Katie Kirkup from event organisers The Great Run Company said: “The Great Women’s Run is a very special event that has an amazing atmosphere. But even more special are the thousands of ladies who take part, supporting and encouraging each other all the way round. First or last across the finish line, the emotion and exhilarating feeling of achievement is the same and we congratulate each and every one of them.”

Harvey Atkinson, spokesperson for Simplyheath, said: “Congratulations to all the inspirational women who took part in the Simplyhealth Great Women’s Run - many raising money for charities close to their hearts. We were there supporting every step of the way helping to kick start their recovery with our new Simplyhealth stretch zone and free post run massage. It was brilliant to see so many people making the most of life and crossing the finish line with smiles on their faces.” 

The reminder service for the 2019 Simplyhealth Great Women’s Run is now open at greatrun.org/reminderservice. Sign up now to receive an email when entries are open.