Girl power well and truly took over Glasgow today (Sunday 17 May), as up to 7,000 women pulled on their trainers to take part in the Morrisons Great Women's 10k.
The UK's largest female-only running event, renowned for its party atmosphere, brought together women of all ages and sporting abilities to run, jog or walk the 10k course. The iconic route in Glasgow's Southside, starting on Nithsdale Road and finishing on Mosspark Boulevard via Pollok Country Park, also saw an impressive field of high calibre club runners as well as faces from the world of TV and radio with Cassi Gillespie and Fiona Shields from Radio Clyde running for Cash for Kids and Jennifer Reoch from STV Glasgow's The Riverside Show running for the STV Appeal.
Gemma Rankin from Kilbarchan AAC was first over the line completing the course in 35:31. She was followed by Gillian Palmer from Edinburgh Athletic Club taking second place with a time of 36:33 and Jill Knowles from the Scottish Prison Service in third, completing the course in 38:09.
Speaking of her win, Gemma Rankin, 30, said:
“This is the eighth year I have taken part, and I'm really delighted to win here today. I had a really good run, helped the whole way round by the great support. No matter what the weather is like people always line the streets to cheer you on, and it really lifted me today!”
The event showcased just why ‘People Make Glasgow', with hundreds lining the streets to cheer on each and every runner. Music stations and live entertainment from Europe's largest women's drumming ensemble SheBoom, women's Scottish samba band Beat That, not to mention pipers at every kilometre, added to the fun filled atmosphere and helped to motivate the runners every step of the way.
Getting the run officially started and offering words of encouragement were Lord Provost Bailey Bailie Razaq.
Holly Howey from event organiser The Great Run Company said: “The Morrisons Great Women's 10k is special; not only to us but to the thousands of women who participate year after year. It offers a unique party atmosphere, emotion and camaraderie from women of all ages and abilities, whether they are running competitively, for charity or simply for fun. We celebrate the last person who crosses the finish line as much as the person who comes in first place.
“We would like to congratulate every single person who took part this year and look forward to seeing them at the start line in 2016!
The reminder service for the 2016 Morrisons Great Women's 10k will open at www.greatrun.org/womens10k. Ladies can sign up and be the first to know when the 2016 date is set and online entries open.