A runaway success

The Southside six before last year's trial run
The Southside six before last year's trial run

RUNNING in the park is fast becoming the done thing in the southside.

An extra 75 places were available for the first public Southside Six race following huge initial demand —and they were gone within a matter of days.

SFGS Last year's park run (pic by Scott Rutherford)

SFGS Last year's park run (pic by Scott Rutherford)

The organisers initially capped entry at 200 but then extended the entry for the 26K race.

The initial spaces were gone less than one month after applications opened to the public for the race, which encompasses six local parks — Pollok, Linn, King’s, Rouken Glen, Queen’s and Bellahouston.

Race organisers Nick Vaughan and Alan McDermid created the event after they and four friends devised a route from Queen’s Park and took part in a trial run last year.

Mr Vaughan said: “The original places went very quickly and we are glad to have been able to add some extra slots”.

Bellahouston Road runners before last year's race

Bellahouston Road runners before last year's race

The Southside Six will began at 11am, October 30 beside the flagpole at Queen’s Park. More information about the event and how to volunteer can be found at www.southsidesix.org.

Meanwhile, for those who prefer to test themselves on shorter distances, the Achilles Heel Bella 5K takes place in Bellahouston Park on Sunday August 21 at 2pm.

The fast, flat race is organised by Bellahouston Road runners club and it is now an established part of the Glasgow race calendar.

All finishers will receive a goody bag and medal.

This race also forms part of a race series with the Jimmy Irvine Bella 10K being held on Saturday November 12, also in Bellahouston Park.

Entry for these races can be made through www.entrycentral.com.

Elsewhere, at Pollok Park, the weekly 5K park run is looking for volunteers,

The popular timed race has been running for 132 weeks, as a free event open to all keen runners.

Last week, more than 330 runners took part, with Kilbarchan runner Conor McNulty finishing in first place with a time of 16 minutes and 11 seconds.

The event, which has grown from strength to strength and is now a must for southside runners, is organised entirely by volunteers and needs continued support.

For those looking to lend a helping hand, contact GlasgowHelpers@parkrun.com.