Southside ready for women’s 10k

Thousands of women are set to hit the streets of the southside tomorrow for the country’s biggest all female 10K race.

The 21st annual Bupa Great Women’s 10k follows the same route as previous years, starting on Nithsdale Road, through Pollokshields and the picturesque Pollok Park to a fantastic finish on Mosspark Boulevard.

Runners, joggers and walkers alike are cheered on by their family and friends in the final metres to the line.

Entertainment is provided along the route to add to a carnival atmosphere, and Clyde 1’s Mark Martin is to host a roadshow at the event.

Clyde 1 DJ Knoxy, who is running in aid of Clyde 1 and Clyde 2’s Cash for Kids, is one of thousands of southsiders taking part.

She said: “This is my fourth year running the 10k and I can’t think of a better way to get fit and also have fun!

“The atmosphere is incredible and I always get heaps of support throughout the route from all the spectators — it definitely helps to keep you going, particularly when doing it for such a worthwhile charity.”

Clare Malcolm, a 25-year-old from Pollokshields, is running the race for the first time.

She told The Extra: “I am taking part to challenge myself, and help me prepare for the Tough Mudder race in August.

“It will be a test of my fitness which I am working hard to improve at the moment.”

Fellow Pollokshields resident and TV personality Carol Smilie will be cheering on the competitors.

She added: “I am in awe of these women. Running, jogging or even walking 10k is no mean feat so I take my hat off to the thousands of women who take part every year in this fantastic event. The atmosphere is second to none.”

Last minute entries can be obtained by visiting the Run 4 It store on Bothwell Street in Glasgow today and tomorrow (9.30am-6pm) and Saturday (9.30am-4pm).

The race starts at 10am tomorrow (Sunday).

If you are taking part in this year’s race, tell us your story by getting in touch with Gregor Hollerin at the above email.