What to Expect at the 2023 AJ Bell Great Scottish Run

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The AJ Bell Great Scottish Run is back for another spectacular celebration of running on Saturday 30 September and Sunday 1 October. We cannae wait! Each year, tens of thousands of runners push their perseverance and passion to the limit and take on the super-scenic 10k and half marathon routes.

And with some extra special events and additions to shout about, this year’s event promises to be even more incredible – so read on to find out what to look and listen out for.

European Capital of Sport

Glasgow has long been a sporting powerhouse, but this year’s AJ Bell Great Scottish Run is even more significant with the city’s recognition as 2023’s European Capital of Sport. With that, we’re encouraging Scots to come together, lace up their trainers, and line up on the start line to be part of the celebration. Let’s pay tribute to Glasgow’s heritage as a hub of phenomenal sporting achievement – together.

Scenic views throughout

Starting and finishing in the heart of the city, runners can expect stunning scenery, iconic landmarks, and local support from start to finish. You’ll cross the River Clyde – “the river that made Glasgow” – before running alongside Festival Park, Bellahouston Park, Pollok Country Park and more. Packed with greenery, the route showcases the most breathtaking views and architecture Glasgow has to offer.

Unbeatable atmosphere

No one does support like Glasgow, and locals will be lining the route with high-fives, hugs, and Jelly Babies to keep you going. Our start line DJ, deafening music zones and post-race celebrations create the perfect atmosphere for runners of all ages and abilities to experience the magic of running together. Get ready for the friendliest city in the world to come alive – and for the experience to continue long past the finish line.

Unrivalled sense of achievement

Whether you’re running for a worthy cause, to challenge yourself, or to achieve something amazing, the pure joy as you cross the finish line and receive your medal is unrivalled. But bragging rights are earned, not given – so join us on the start line and be part of it.

Sustainable initiatives

We’re working to keep the Great Scottish Run classy, not trashy. As well as organising event day clothing collections, we’re asking all runners to use our Recycling Hubs and to Drink, Drain and Drop. You can also bring your unwanted shoes with you on race day and keep them out of landfill.

Shiny medal and snazzy t-shirt

The best thing about taking part in an event is the “I did it!” sense of achievement – but the goody bag is a close second. Inside you’ll find treats and freebies, a souvenir t-shirt and a shiny, specially-designed medal. Wear it with pride: it’s your Mo Farah moment.

A super Saturday build-up

To commemorate Glasgow’s European Capital of Sport 2023 status, we’re calling this year’s Junior and Mini Great Scottish Run SUPER SATURDAY and celebrating with some seriously snazzy superhero fancy dress.
Who’s *your* hero? Dig out your tights, masks and capes – or your sports or everyday superstar costumes – we want to see a start line of HEROES! And speaking of heroes, get ready to meet our mascot Tyney the Tortoise, who’s making a special trip up from Newcastle for the occasion. Tyney’s a big fan of running, high-fives and selfies – maybe you’ll be lucky enough to snap one?

There is still time to enter, but both distances are selling fast. Find out more & enter here.