Scotland’s biggest mass participation running event will again feature the Bank of Scotland Great Wall of Support to encourage participants when it returns to Glasgow on Sunday, October 1.
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The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run is set to feature over 30,000 runners of all abilities over a three-day period, culminating in the 10k and half marathon on the Sunday.
The day before the event, Saturday, September 30, also sees the popular Super Saturday returning to the city with a Toddler Dash, Family Mile and Junior Run.
The Bank of Scotland Great Wall of Support has proved a hugely popular innovation on the route for the Sunday events, with over 14,000 individual messages of support being received last year for runners, whose own personal messages are activated and displayed on a large digital screen when they cross a mat just a few metres ahead of the wall.
The event was officially launched today with the Bank of Scotland Great Wall of Support providing the backdrop for a Bank of Scotland team of colleagues taking up the challenge, half marathon runners Martin Caldwell, who will be chalking up 30 in a row come October, Jill Armour and Bobby Cowan who are due to get married only six days after running 13.1 miles for Scotties Little Soldiers and Grant Carr, from Bank of Scotland, who will tackle the 10k as part of his weight loss journey having dropped 6st so far.
Starting at George Square in the heart of Glasgow, the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run will see runners follow the iconic 10k and half marathon routes through the city before they enter Glasgow Green and reach the tree lined finish straight in the shadow of Nelson’s Monument, with the half marathon action captured live on BBC Two Scotland.
Alex Jackson from organisers the Great Run Company said: “The event has become Scotland’s biggest weekend of running and a highlight of the athletics calendar.
“With live coverage on BBC Two Scotland it is an event that shows off the very best of Glasgow.”
Bank of Scotland has sponsored the event for nine years and has nominated Mental Health UK as its chosen charity for 2017.
Philip Grant, Chair, Scottish Executive Committee, Lloyds Banking Group, said: “I am a huge advocate of the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run. Having previously run the 10k, it’s a special weekend that brings thousands of runners of all abilities and ages from all over Scotland and raises invaluable funds for many worthy causes.
“It also provides a fantastic opportunity for hundreds of our colleagues to take on the challenge and fundraise for our charity partner, Mental Health UK. This amazing event plays a key part in our aim to help Scotland prosper and make a difference in our local communities. ”