Over 20,000 runners hit the streets for Great Scottish Run
The Great Scottish Run returned to Glasgow this weekend for the first time in three years, and over 20,000 runners took to the city’s streets.
Runners started the 10k and half marathon races in George Square and soaked up the atmosphere, music and legendary Glaswegian support all the way to the finish line in Glasgow Green.
Two of Scotland’s star athletes were on hand to set the pace in the 10k and half marathon. Triple Olympian Eilish McColgan made her debut Great Scottish Run with a time of 30:18. Callum Hawkins, the Scottish marathon record holder from Elderslie in Renfrewshire, took first place in the men’s half marathon. His brother Derek came in third place.
Elite runners and grown-ups took part in races today (Sunday 2 October), but over 1200 young runners took part in the Junior and Mini Great Scottish Run and Toddler Dash on Saturday. Some of the city’s best-loved charity mascots also took part in a competitive 100m dash.
Paul Foster, chief executive of the Great Run Company said, “We’re so happy to be back in Glasgow after three years of cancellations due to the pandemic.
“It was incredible to see 20,000 runners of all ages and abilities on the city’s streets this weekend. Some were running for charity, some for the challenge.
“The Great Scottish Run has something for everyone, from elite runners to complete beginners. At the front of the field Eilish McColgan, and, at the other end of the scale, we had over 1200 kids enjoying their own sprint to the finish line in the Junior & Mini Saturday events in George Square.
“The people of Glasgow always give our runners an incredible welcome and support them right along the course, the atmosphere was absolutely incredible.
“I’d like to thank everyone who took part – whether running, volunteering or spectating – and we hope to see you all again next year.”
Glasgow Lord Provost Jacqueline McLaren said: “Glasgow has earned an international reputation for being an outstanding destination for sports events and a superb host city. It also has a strong track record of encouraging active participation in sports.
“The Great Scottish Run really is a perfect example of all of that; inspiring and encouraging people of all ages to get involved and to keep running.”
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10k, wheelchair and half marathon results
Eilish McColgan took first place in the women’s 10k in 30:18. Lesley Bell came in second with 36:33 and Ruth Joss came in third with 37:01.
The men’s 10k was won by Lewis Hannigan in 29:56. Callum Tharne came in second with 30:18 and Jamie Burns came in third with 30:22.
The women’s 10k wheelchair race was won by Scottish World Champion Samantha Kinghorn in 26:40. In second place was Mel Woods in 28:55 and Joanna Robertson was third in 41:02.
Luke Deighton won the men’s 10k wheelchair race in 30:00; Kyle Brotherton came in second in 30:23.
Elderslie native Callum Hawkins won the men’s half marathon in 1:03:35. Adam Craig came in second place in 1:04:17 and Derek Hawkins came in third place in 1:05:32.
Ireland’s Michelle Finn won the women’s half marathon in 1:12:33, while Lily Partridge came in second in 1:12:56 and Fionnuala Ross came third in 1:13:25.