Get in the running!

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FORMER Holyrood secondary pupil Lee McConnell launched the Great Scottish Run on Tuesday.

Scotland’s top athlete was on hand to promote the country’s largest mass participation sporting event.

Each year, thousands sign up and take part in either the 10K or the Half Marathon.

Last year’s record-breaking event was the biggest ever, 23,386 people signing up.

In both races, participants run through Pollokshields where fans line the streets to cheer on the runners.

The distance hurdler told The Extra: “I think everyone that finishes the Great Scottish Run, when they cross that line, will feel quite overwhelmed with the satisfaction that they get from achieving something.

“It’s a great goal to aim for.

“It’s really important that the crowds come out and encourage people on the day as well because it is tough, the 10k and the half marathon are long distances. The people who are participating take great encouragement from the spectators”.

Councillor Archie Graham, the deputy leader of Glasgow city council and the Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, who ran the 10k last year, added: “It is a hugely exciting time for sporting events in the city with the 2014 Commonwealth Games on the horizon.

“I am sure the people of Glasgow and further afield will once again turn out in thousands and ensure the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run retains its position as the country’s biggest sport event”.

Early bird discount rates starting from £25 for the half marathon and £20 for the 10K are available till Friday, June 24 on RunGlasgow.org.

The race takes place on Sunday September 4 but it’s not the only race heading to the southside this year.

There’s still time to enter the women’s or men’s 10K races.

Both take place at Bellahouston Park. with the women’s event taking place on May 8th.

Each year, thousands of ladies take part to run for charity or for their own personal challenge in the company of runners of every standard.

The same can be said for the fifth annual men’s health 10K, which takes place on Father’s day (June 19).

In between these events there’s a race that both men and women can compete in – the Rouken Glen running festival on June 6.

Organised by East Renfrewshire council, the challenging course continues to grow in popularity each year.