Bridging the athletics gap

HOLYROOD secondary’s own Olympian is set to welcome runners across the finish line during Saturday’s Great Scottish Run.

Lee McConnell, a former pupil at the southside school who competed in the 4x400m at London 2012, will be joined by canoe slalom competitor Tim Baillie and judo athlete Euan Burton at the tape.

Both the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic torches will be on display and London 2012 mascot Mandeville will be making special appearances throughout the day.

For the first time in the recent history, the race, which has already received 23,000 registration forms, will be broadcast on terrestrial TV.

The 10k and half marathon senior races take place on Sunday, while Super Saturday will include a brand new family mile, open to anyone of any age and ability.

A toddler dash and elite invitational mile will take place alongside the junior mile and 3k races (9 to 17-year-olds) this Saturday (September 1).

Places are filling up fast for all races and runners only have until 6pm on Saturday (September 1) to enter in person at the Jury’s Inn on Jamaica Street,

The men’s field is led this year by the 2010 Commonwealth Games marathon champion John Kelai of Kenya while a whole host of famous faces have also been confirmed, including actor John Michie, Tony Gatel (brother of the late Boyzone singer Stephen Gately) and four times world 
junior Curling Champion Eve Muirthead.

Broadcasters Rona Dougall, Raman Bhardwaj, Debi Edwards and Shebahn Littlejohn will also take part alongside thousands of first-time runners taking part to raise money for a variety of good causes and charities.

The 10k and half marathon kick off at 9.30am and 11.00am respectively, both providing the only opportunity for the public to run across Glasgow’s busiest road, the Kingston Bridge.

Langside councillor Archie Graham said: “The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run continues to go from strength to strength and remains the country’s premier road race with almost 23,000 people already signed up.

“It has it all from an exceptional field of elite athletes to thousands of everyday heroes running to raise money for charity”.