GLASGOW’S longest running race is back for its third year — and more people have signed up than ever before.
Organisers of the Southside Six exhausted their 350 runner allocation within just 24 hours and hopefuls had to join an expansive waiting list.
The lucky 350 will embark on a unique route on Sunday, which travels 16 miles through six southside parks.
The runners will head down through Battlefield towards King’s Park and then on to Linn Park. Leaving Linn Park, the route passes through Clarkston Toll and onwards to Rouken Glen Park. Next stop is Pollok Country Park before the penultimate Bellahouston Park and finally back to Queen’s Park for the finish line at the flagpole.
The route is approximately 26km and should take an average runner around three hours to complete.
One of the founders, Allan McDermid, is pleased with the response to the event.
He told The Extra: “We have decided to allow more runners this year, but we’ve limited the number of entries to maintain the relaxed and fun atmosphere between the runners, the marshals and the public.
“Interest in the race was huge. It will be interesting to see how the times differ this year now that the route is known and runners will be targeting a new personal best. We learned a lot last year so have hopefully been able to plan our tasks with a bit less stess for us this time.
“Our biggest concern is the weather. Glasgow in November could have anything from unseasonal sunshine to a snowy white out but come rain or shine, hopefully people will come out and cheer the runners”.
This year a total of 90 volunteers have stepped up to marshal the course.
Susan Finch, a 50-year-old personal trainer from Newton Mearns, ran the race last year. She said: “It was a very well organised and challenging route taking in the best parks in Glasgow.
“Even though I am from the southside, I still ran in parts I had never seen before”.
This year’s charity partner is MS Society Scotland, who will receive a donation from any profits made. The marshals at Pollok Park include volunteers from the charity, who will be wearing their distinctive orange tops.
The race begins at 11am.