Nearly 350 runners laced up their trainers on 27 August to take part in this year’s WRRS Glasgow event, now in its fourth year. Returning to the stunning Strathclyde Country Park, the Women’s Running team were delighted to see so many familiar faces in attendance – some who had taken part in the event every year since 2014 – as well as many new runners, clubs and families taking part. This year, the event included an additional one-mile event for families and children, meaning a race village packed full of families, bringing a lovely relaxed atmosphere.
With the race taking place over the August Bank Holiday weekend, runners appeared particularly relaxed and laid back, slowing dripping into the race village from around 9.15am to mooch around the sponsor stands and enjoy the pre-race interviews. Specialist Apparel Partner boobydoo were on hand to showcase its fantastic range of sports bras, offering women free fittings and great race-day offers. Roots Collective, the WRRS Healthy Blend Partner, also hosted a fantastic stand, giving the women the chance to try, and learn about, its delicious range of juices, and hydrate post-race with a complementary bottle, supplied in each of the runners’ goody bags. The local NSPCC team were also at the event village, equipped with their cowbells, preparing to cheer on the runners to the finish line.
WRRS MC Georgia Stone kicked off a series of pre-race interviews with a quick chat to 55-minute pacer Gayle Mcmorrow, who geared the ladies up for a new PB. Gayle was joined by regular WRRS Glasgow pacers Vikki Agnew, Lesley McDonald and Deborah Allum.
Charly Wright from boobdoo was next up onto the stage, who gave the ladies her best advice for finding the right sports bra, followed by inspiring runner Sophie Cathcart. In an interview with Georgia, Sophie shared how running had helped her enormously during an extremely difficult period of physical and mental illness, inspiring many of the runners taking part. The runners next heard from the team at Roots Collective, who gave the ladies the lowdown on its range of nutritious healthy blends, before Women’s Running editorial director David Castle and editor Jennifer Bozon took to the stage to lead an energetic pre-race warm-up.
At 10am, the 5K runners pounded over the start line, followed just six minutes later by the 10K entrants. Both courses take in the beautifully scenic Strathclyde Loch, over a relatively flat, mixed-terrain course. With a mixture of sunshine and cloud in the sky, the weather was warm yet not overbearingly so and, with a light breeze in the air, race conditions were near perfect. Locals had turned up mob-handed to marshal on the course and were on hand to provide directions, cheer on the runners, and deliver much-needed water supplies, provided by WRRS Hydration Partner Saka Water.
It wasn’t long before first 5K finisher Nicole McIntyre was over the line in an impressive 23mins 45secs, followed by Seonaid MacKenzie in second place and Eilidh Hide in third, all of whom took home a Women’s Running BUFF for their achievements.
First home in the 10K was Julie Oswald in 41mins 20secs, followed by Claire Montgomery and Katie MacKinnon, in second and third place retrospectively. All took home a bottle of bubbly, a generous gift box containing delicious health bars from WRRS Healthy Snack partner Good Full Stop, and a bundle of healthy blends from Roots Collective.
We Raced It!
“I enjoyed that very much, it was my first time. I run with my club, Musselburgh and District Athletic Club. We go out most Sundays and on a Tuesday night as well and I train with a coach on a Thursday night, so I train all year round really. [I run] ultra marathons so this is quite hard for me, but I enjoyed it!”
Julie Oswald, 10K winner, 48, Pencaitland
“It was an awesome event! I did the Women’s Running 10K last year, and the weather is not quite as good as last year but perfect running conditions – wee bit of cloud so not too hot. Awesome atmosphere with all the lovely ladies and the team. I personally found it quite tough as just getting over injuries, had to do a little bit of walking, little bit of running. No PB for me today unfortunately but, all in all, a great day.”
Karen McIndewar, 47, Hamilton
“I met friends on Facebook, we actually never met before and she told me about the race. She actually run in the 10K today, so me and my sister tried the 5K for the first time. We really enjoyed it.”
Agnes Mikolajczyk, first-time 5K finisher, 28, Glasgow