Team GB’s men’s curling team swapped their slider shoes and ice for trainers and pavement pounding today as they officially launched Scotland’s largest mass participation running event - the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run.
Taking place on Sunday 5 October, the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run, set to be screened live on BBC2 for a second year, incorporates both a 10k and half marathon route along some of Glasgow’s best known streets, winding past some of the city’s most famous landmarks, historic buildings and inspirational Commonwealth Games venues.
Today curling skip David Murdoch and his all Scottish crew - Scott Andrews, Greg Drummond, Michael Goodfellow and Tom Brewster - were at Glasgow Green, the site of the iconic finishing stretch, with last year’s first female finisher, Susan Partridge.
In 2013 Susan covered the half marathon route in 01.10.40 and she joined the curlers on their very first training run today as they swept the way for her to come back and defend her title.
Susan said: “I really love coming back to Scotland to take part in the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run. It’s so inspiring to see thousands of participants take on the challenge of the 10k, half marathon or Super Saturday events.
“Last year was particularly special for me and I was thrilled to be the first female finisher alongside the legendary Haile Gebrselassie who clinched the men’s title. I’m excited to come back this year to defend my position and can’t wait to see all the runners out in force along Glasgow’s streets.”
Three time Winter Olympian David Murdoch and his silver medal winning Sochi team are aiming to tackle the iconic half marathon route alongside tens of thousands of participants on Sunday October 5.
The day before the event, Saturday October 4, also sees the popular Super Saturday returning to the city with a toddler dash, family mile, mini run and junior event.
David Murdoch a two time world champion and three time European champion curler said: “Some people may not realise it, but curlers have to possess a strong fitness level and our training incorporates a lot of intense cardio and weightlifting in addition to work on and off the ice. We warm up and warm down before and after each game and you need to be as fit as possible when you are on the ice sweeping and curling intensely in tight matches for 2 hour plus game periods.
“However, training for a half marathon is a different ball game and we are all slightly apprehensive about making the move into long distance running! Like our sport of curling, you can be any age and of any ability level to have a go at running, and it helps keep you fit. The Saturday events are also great for youngsters and others to build themselves up to a Sunday event.
“It will be amazing to take part in such a popular event and I am positive the electric atmosphere will keep our feet moving until the finish line!”
David’s Olympic silver medal winning team mate’s Greg Drummond, Scott Andrews, Tom Brewster and Michael Goodfellow added: “We would encourage people to enter this year’s Great Scottish Run in October”
Starting at George Square in the heart of Glasgow, the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run sees some of the world’s best known athletes and tens of thousands of club, charity and fun runners take on a route covering no fewer than six Commonwealth Games venues* before passing under the McLennan Arch to enter Glasgow Green and reach the tree lined finish straight in the shadow of Nelson’s Monument.
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said: “Scotland is the perfect stage for events and the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run is one of the most highly anticipated mass-participation events on our annual calendar. Attracting 30,000 runners, the event delivers a significant economic impact for both Glasgow and Scotland, while providing a spectacular spectator experience for those lining the streets or watching live on BBC 2.”
The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run, featuring the 10k and half marathon distances, is open for entries at www.greatscottishrun.com