The largest all women’s 10K in the UK took place on Sunday on the streets of the southside.
Freya Murray was the first Scottish winner of the Women’s 10K in more than ten years, crossing the finish line in 33 minutes and 36 seconds, with more than 10,000 ladies following on afterwards.
She said: “Despite the wind and the rain it was really good fun. I don’t tend to listen to music when I’m training, but the pipers along the route really added to the atmosphere — I really enjoyed today.” Together, the runners have raised over £1 million by taking up the challenge of completing the 20th annual Ignis Asset Management Woman’s 10k. Head of sport at Glasgow Life, Keith Russell, commented: “We’ve enjoyed a fantastic day. I’m in awe of the thousands of women who took part; let me wish each and every one of them well-deserved congratulations.
“What a wonderful achievement, whatever their motivation for participating they should wear their medals with pride”.
A total of 55 charitable ladies took part in the race proudly wearing t-shirts supporting Katie and Friends.
The southside charity saw its coffers swell well beyond the already incredible mark of £130,000 thanks to sponsorship from the runners.
Despite the weather, all the ladies made it to the finish line, where a smiling Katie was waiting.
The charity launched last year to raise money for Carolside nursery pupil Katie Milliken in case she needs cutting edge proton therapy which is not available in the UK, to cure a brain tumour.
Katie’s mum Louise told The Extra: “I am overwhelmed by the strength of support here today. Friends have travelled from all over Scotland to take part with us and I can’t thank everyone enough for being so kind”.
Meanwhile, a total of 13 Hutchesons’ grammar school teachers took to the route to raise money for the Friends of Beatson — a charity which makes the lives of cancer patients better by providing comfort and support.
Together, the group have already raised a total of £890, with more sponsorship still set to come in.
Former pupil of the school, Lyndsey Craig, has raised more than £2,100 for Ovarian Cancer Action.
Completing the race marked an incredible achievement, as the 26-year-old southsider has recently undergone six months of chemotherapy.
She told The Extra: “It wasn’t enjoyable but I feel great now and I’m very glad I was able to finish”.
Karen Waddell came all the way from the Isle of Skye to take part — for the seventh consecutive year.
Running for Macmillan Cancer Support, the runner missed her personal best time by just a few seconds.
Shebahn Littlejohn, traffic presenter on Clyde 1, was among the thousands of women to take part.
She said: “That was awesome, but I am so glad to be finished. I feel great. Thank you to every single person who ran alongside me and the pipers along the route, together they spurred me on across the finish line. And the crowd, what can I say, whenever my commitment waivered their cheers gave me a much needed boost and I got there, I’ve done it”.
Club runners were also out in full force, including Giffnock North pair Nicola Verrechia (44) and Barbara Cochrane (54), who ran to “support the club”.
Mrs Cochrane from Netherlee told The Extra: “Although it was miserable, the weather was actually quite good for a 10K. I’d rather have rain than heat”.