Great Scottish run out

Great Scottish Run,Half Marathon and 10K,Glasgow.
Great Scottish Run,Half Marathon and 10K,Glasgow.

MORE than 24,000 people took part in this year’s Great Scottish Run — making the race the most popular in its 20-year-history.

Joesph Birech successfully defended his half marathon title with a time of 63 minutes and 15 seconds while Ethiopian Bezunesh Bekele finished in first place in the women’s half marathon in a time of 69 minutes and 10 seconds.

Phil Hogg won the wheelchair half in 56 minutes and 43 seconds while the men’s 10k was won by Murray Strain in a time of 30 minutes 57 seconds, with Giffnock North’s Luke Traynor coming third.

Elspeth Curran also successfully defended her 2011 title in a time of 35 minutes 02 seconds.

During the race, a male runner taking part in the half marathon collapsed and was later confirmed to have died.

Aubrey Smith collapsed in the middle of the Great Scottish Run .

The 28-year-old was taken to the city’s Royal infirmary where he died later in the day.

A report will be sent to the procurator fiscal and a post mortem examination will be held to determine the cause of death which police say is not suspicious.

Langside councillor Archie Graham, chair of Glasgow Life, said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the man who died at this very sad time”.