LOCAL runners have spoken and they want the southside six to be an annual event.
After an incredibly successful first run, where more than 220 athletes from Scotland and beyond took part, the tired joggers sang praises of the race and begged for its return.
Toni Tochel – who travelled from England for the event - said: “I really hope this becomes a permanent fixture on the running calendar.
“Everything was really well organised. The marshals were enthusiastic and encouraging; the route wasgreat if a bit hilly - and signposted very well”.
Allan McDermid (33) – who organised the race with friend Nick Vaughan (36),was encouraged by the success of the southside six.
“We hope next year’s will be even bigger and better”, he enthused, “the race went really well, all the little parts clicked together perfectly, and we got lucky with the weather”.
David Mooney added: “The guys should be proud of themselves. I have been taking part in races for 20 years and the Southside Six has topped anything else I have ever done. It was great to hear so many other runners saying the same things”.
With a total distance covering 26 kilometres – it is the longest race in Glasgow and at just six pounds per entrant, it is also one of the most affordable.
Adding to the unique feel of the event, runners were able to take in all the beautiful greenspaces south of the river .
While the unsung heroes of 60 volunteer race marshals directed, encouraged and re-hydrated the runners.
After just 90 minutes, the top runners had already made their way back to Queen’s Park, after travailing through King’s Park, Linn Park, Rouken Glen, Pollok country park and Bellahouston – picking up a checkpoint sticker each time along the way.
Once the elite athletes had crossed the line, the camaraderie began to grow as they waited to cheer on their fellow fitness enthusiasts, as they battled to the finish line.
Nick Farrel, a 49-year-old property developer from Pollokshields who completed the race in two hours and three minutes told The Extra: “It was a really interesting and picturesque course. “Well done to the organisers they created a fun and relaxed atmosphere. “Everyone was so upbeat at the finish line, even if it wasn’t the easiest finish to a race”.
There, they were met with a bottle of water, a foil blanket, a bag of goodies, lentil soup from Mark’s Deli and tasty cakes baked by Mark Gannon.
The runners then had a well deserved break before partying well into the night at Clockwork Beer Co. of Battlefield.
Jeweller Lawrence Edwards (50) said: “It was a fantastic opportunity to visit six of Glasgow`s finest parks within two and a half hours.
“To add to this great day, when I opened my goody bag, not only did I find a bottle of water but amongst other things, a bottle of vodka”.
First Male: Andrew Wright – 1:33:00 Second: Grant Baillie – 1:36:23 Third: Bruce Carse – 1:37:06
First Female: Jennifer MacLean – 1:42:19 Second: Deborah Gray – 1:55:31 Third: Mary McCutcheon – 1:58:00