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”.