Saina sets new Great Scottish Run record

Betsy Saina clocked up the fastest time in Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run history be the first female over the line in 67.22, well ahead of Helah Kiprop and Doris Changeiywo who ran 68.52 and 71.34 respectively.

In another successful weekend for Scotland’s biggest mass participation running event, Callum Hawkins became the first-ever Scottish man to win the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run half marathon.

The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run started on Friday with 3,500 pupils from across Glasgow taking part in a 1.5k fun run at the Schools Challenge in Glasgow Green.

This was followed by ‘Super Saturday’, with the popular event attracting more than 3,000 participants to a range of family and children’s runs including the Toddler Dash involving 300 little ones (100 metres), Junior Run (2.5km) and Family Mile, all starting and finishing in George Square. Back for 2016 was the mascot race

On Sunday, 22,000 people took to the streets of Glasgow for the 10k and half marathon, starting at George Square and crossing the finish line at Glasgow Green.

In the women’s race, Josephine Moultrie was first in 34.19, seven seconds ahead of Jenny Bannerman who clocked 35.26, while Louise Mercer was third in 35.39.

Jonathan Hopkins was the first man over the line in the 10k, clocking 30.21 ahead of Ben Stevenson, who was second with 30.38. Ryan Thomson finished third clicking 31.08.

In the men’s wheelchair race, Patrick Monaghan was first over the line in 26.19, overtaking Mark Telford in the final straight, who was one second behind in 26.20. Sam Kolek was a distant third in 30.13.

Mark Hollinshead, group chief executive of event organisers The Great Run Company, said: “The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run is firmly established as one of the UK’s biggest mass participation sporting events, bringing world-class athletes to Glasgow, and ordinary runners from far and wide.

“It was a privilege to witness Callum Hawkins running the fastest half marathon in Scottish history, on home soil.

“The atmosphere on the streets of the city has been superb, as ever, and we can’t wait to welcome everyone back next year.”

Philip Grant Chairman, Scottish Executive Committee Lloyds Banking Group said: “We were once again delighted to support the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run. The whole weekend has been a massive success.

“We would like to say a special thank you to those running for our Charity of the Year, BBC Children in Need and many other worthy charities. It was great to see so many of you cross the finish line with smiles still on their faces.”

Councillor Archie Graham OBE, Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chairman of Glasgow Life, said: “The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run is always a fantastic weekend of events and this year certainly didn’t disappoint! From the thousands of runners to the supportive spectators, every aspect of the weekend was just brilliant.

“Glasgow is very proud to host the Great Scottish Run, and it’s events like this which helped us secure our top five spot in the world’s greatest sporting cities.

Entries are open for the 2017 Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run – for more information, visit greatscottishrun.com