In short: Tougher than it seems In full: Firstly - this review is for the 2011 race, not the 2010, but that box isn't there on the review form. Also, this review is for the half marathon.
Got ideas of a PB on this one? Good luck with it. I've had those ideas twice, and failed to get there. Lots of others around me seemed to do okay, but there is just something about this race I find very difficult.
There are a lot more undulations than you might expect. The adrenaline at the start should carry you up the massive hill on Saint Vincent Street, but hold back on those opening miles - there's more to come. The hills in Pollok Park and up to Pollokshields may seem paltry in isolation, but combined with everything else they make for a really challenging course.
The scenery is varied - I personally love running across the Kingston Bridge, looking down at the Clyde. I know others don't. By the time we got to Pollok Park, I wasn't really in the right frame of mind to be appreciating the beauty of it, but perhaps others were. When you're really ready to quit, they send you round the Gorbals... there's nobody cheering there. Thankfully, the last part is on Glasgow Green with lots of people cheering you on.
This race is great for the support local people put into it, and because its another way of seeing a fine city. A couple of problems at the starting with getting to muster areas, and running out of toilet paper and hand sanitiser. Other than that, generally well organised (if slightly officious at the end).
I suppose I'll do this again. I can't say I'm looking forward to it. I really didn't enjoy it this year but feel to mark it any less than four out of five would be churlish. It is a special race. Its just a bloody difficult one. Date of review: September 11, 2011
In short: Brilliant Race Well Organised In full: The only problem was the lack of water stations loved the unofficial one in poolokshields though. Fantastic support from public and from runners already finished. First time doing this race and loved it defo back next year Date of review: September 10, 2010
In short: Enjoyable first 10K In full: This was my first 10K, was nervous to start off with as I did not know what to expect. Started in the slow pace, but during the race found that I was actually quicker than I first thought. The scenery was okay, the good part was actually running over the kingston bridge. Plus of course running towards the finish line on Glasgow Green, this was very uplifting and made you run the last 100 metres faster. It was well organised and lots of marshalls directing you in the correct direction. There was 2 water stations during the run (5K & 7K), there was also portaloo's along the way so if in need........... At the end there was medals and a goodie bag. It would of been good if there was suppliers there with special deals etc. Would do it again next year, though I am thinking on the Half Marathon Date of review: September 10, 2010
In short: Galling to admit it for an Edinburgh lad, but a great race day an super atmosphere In full: Very well organised event. Friendly crowd - particularly the sikh contingent with water and oranges just after hafl way. Will particpate again for sure. Only grumble was the dreadfull t-shirt. Can't believe the race literature suggested we wore it to race!!! I'd rather they gave a couple of quid of my entry fee to charity. That aside, the race itself was great all round and I'm already looking forward to next year, hopefully break the 90 minute mark? Date of review: September 9, 2010
In short: You just have to do it In full: only one negitive point and that was the delay at the start, I was in blue muster and I didnt get over start line until 10:45 and by this time I was getting a wee tad cold. Everything else ticked the boxes,well marshalled,good water stations,great support from the unofficial water station and great crowd support for most of the run,but I still dont get the hype about the Kingston bridge. Oh and the t shirt was a disgrace, for the price of entry surely we can get a proper running t shirt.But no doubt I will be back next year to give it another go. Date of review: September 8, 2010
In short: Hill start came as a shock, but rest fairly smooth with a nice finish through the park In full: Ran this in 2009 also, and found the different route this year interesting. The heat this year was an added challenge, especially after the rain last year - did make standing around in George Square beforehand much more tolerable though. I think there were too few water stations given the heat, but Glasgow in September isn't predictable & last year those same stations in the rain were plenty, it would be nice to see at least one with an energy drink rather than water though. Locals were out with hoses and unofficial water, sweeties and orange segments too which was nice. The stewards at the end are friendly enough, but seem largely disinterested - especially around the de-chipping, if you need assistance, you'll have to ask. The meet up area was congested because people met up & then stopped where they were, a steward or two moving them on to keep the area clear for those still to come would have helped - still found the family pretty quickly. The medal matches that of my daughters who ran in the junior race the previous day - just has different stuff on the back, which is sweet. The goodie bag wasn't fantastic, but the kids got a tin of spaghetti for some reason! I like the architecture of Glasgow so enjoy this run, I like the parks and I like the fact that motorists regularly peep and plenty of locals stand around for hours clapping - I'd be bored rigid watching other folk run, but they stay out cheering you on. One of the things I like a lot is that for the slower runners, as you near the end, you start seeing those already finished heading home again and they cheer you on too, encourgaging you to keep going - it's a nice extra. Date of review: September 7, 2010
In short: Uninspiring course, In full: Course was uninspiring on 10k and not much support through these areas. Half marathon seemed to have a better route. The last 400 meters was the best part of the race. Kingston Bridge was just that - a bridge! T-shirt washed out on first wash. Finihsers bag was good. Will try half next year. Date of review: September 7, 2010