George Square, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Glasgow Green, Greendyke Street, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Starting from George Square in the centre of town, the race the leads to Glasgow Green, taking in the Kingston Bridge over the River Clyde, Finnieston Crane, through Pollok Park and many other Glasgow landmarks.
The half marathon course begins in George Square and immediately heads steeply up St.Vicent Street, going west west through the city's commercial centre and Anderston. Runners then join a sliproad of the M8 Motor way and cross the River clyde on the Kingstone Bridge, part of which is closed to vehicle traffic for the Sunday morning of the event. The next portion of the race takes place in the city's south side, heading through streets of the Kinning Park area, and then on paths through Bellahuston house and heading back northeast toward Pacific qauy and the river. The course then crosses the Clyde again, this time on the Clyde Acr. From there runners head west along the river side, past the Scottish Exibition and Conference centre before doubling back around the Riverside Museum to head east along the Clyde, and back through Anderston, with runners entering Glasgow Green through the McLennan Arch for the finish. The route was changed for the 2013 running – in previous races, runners stayed on the south side after Bellahouston Park, looping through Pollok Country Park and the streets of Pollokshaws and the Gorbals, and only crossing the Clyde again, on the Alexandra Bridge, just before the entrance to Glasgow Green.
A Glasgow road-race began in 1979 as the Glasgow Marathon, and was run over the full marathon distance, over four loops around the centre of the city. This initial event set the challenging qualifying standard of 3 hours, which limited participation to 62 runners in the first year and 144 in the second. The third year dropped the qualifying standard and encouraged mass participation, with over 7,000 runners competing in the first Scottish People's Marathon. The race continued over this distance until 1988 when, faced with diminishing participation and little engagement from TV and sponsors, the event was run over a half-marathon course. The following year the distance changed again, this time to 15 1⁄2 miles (24.9 km), and for the first time the event was named the Great Scottish Run. This unusual distance proved unpopular with the elite athletes who the organisers had hoped to attract, and so two years later the race returned to the half marathon format.In 2013 over 12,000 runners took to the streets of Glasgow to join this race.
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