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The original southside six
The original southside six

WITH a marathon being sorely missed from Glasgow’s running calendar, six fitness-fanatic friends are hoping to fill the void.

Entry has already opened for what will become Glasgow’s longest distance run, a 16-mile slog through six local parks called The Southside Six.

The idea was the brainchild of keen runners Alan McDermid (33) and Nick Vaughan (36).

Last year, they encouraged four of their friends to join them in a run through King’s park, Linn park, Rouken Glen park and Bellahouston park, all in one gruelling jaunt.

Now the sextet are set to be joined by many more joggers.

In just two weeks, the race — which will start and finish in Queen’s park — already has more than 100 entries.

Mr McDermid, a quality engineer by day, told The Extra: “I have run the route four times now and it is a great way to explore the greenspaces of the southside.

“There is a huge appetite for distance running in Glasgow and this has meant a great response for our race which we are all very pleased about.

“We will need a lot of volunteers, help and advice as we have never done anything like this before, but we are excited for the first public race”.

The organisers have already passed the first hurdle by gaining approval for the race from police and council bodies.

Sandy Jackson — a 48-year-old lab assistant who last weekend got his running fix at the Corrieyairack Challenge duathlon in Aviemore — thinks the southside six “fills a huge void”.

He said: “There is no similar challenge in Glasgow at that time of year and October is the perfect time to run because the temperature is just right.

“I took part in the original race last year and it was great to discover some parts of the area that I didn’t even know existed.

“Nick and Alan have done a great job organising it. It is the perfect challenge to start training for now”.

The entry fee is just £8 and it takes place on October 30. To find out more visit www.southsidesix.org.uk.