Glasgow has a wonderful running network, with a great range of clubs, events, specialist sports stores and routes which take in the city’s picturesque parks and gardens, iconic riverside and city landscape.
City Centre Mural Trail
Check out Glasgow's Street Art and follow the route of the City Centre Mural Trail on your next run. From a fantastical floating taxi on Mitchell Street to Dalek from Doctor Who, there's lots to marvel at and hopefully take your mind off any aches and pains.
Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Marathon Route
2016 is the second anniversary of Glasgow's year as host city of the Commonwealth Games. The Glasgow 2014 Marathon Route started and finished in Glasgow Green and took in some of the best views the city has to offer. The route provides a stunning backdrop that includes the Merchant City, George Square, Buchanan Street and the Clyde Arc as well as two further ‘Dear Green Places’: Bellahouston Park and Pollok Park. At 26.2 miles this isn’t for the faint hearted.
Great Scottish Run
The Great Scottish Run is Scotland’s largest mass participation sporting event and over the weekend of October 1-2, running enthusiasts of all ages and abilities will be able to choose from a half marathon, 10k, family mile or toddler race.
Starting in George Square the half marathon course will take runners past a selection of Glasgow’s finest buildings as well as crossing over the River Clyde, across the 60ft high Kingston Bridge, taking a trip through Pollok Park and Bellahouston Park, before heading back for the grandstand finish on Glasgow Green.
Entries are now open for the Great Scottish Run, Great Women's 10K and Men's 10K, so if you fancy participating in these great events, it's time to grab your trainers!
The Nike+ Run Club Glasgow offers free sessions which set off from its Buchanan Street store every Thursday evening at 6:30pm and Sunday morning at 10am. The club caters for all abilities and takes in a variety of routes and distances.
The group at Achilles Heel meet on Monday and/or Wednesday at the Achilles Heel store on Great Western Road. The friendly team aim to improve your form and times through a combination of distance running and speed and hill work. All running enthusiasts are welcome to attend whether you’re an experienced marathon runner or training for your first 10k.
The city is also home to a variety of local running clubs, check out the Glasgow Athletics site to find your nearest club.
The team at parkrun held their first event in Glasgow at Pollok Park in 2008 and since then the free, timed, 5k runs are also available at Victoria Park, Tollcross Park and Springburn Park. Taking place every Saturday at 9:30am, parkrun offers runners a great opportunity to work on their times while exploring the city’s Dear Green Places. Younger running enthusiasts can also enjoy the Junior parkrun at Victoria Park on Sundays.
The Great Run Local takes place weekly and it’s free to join. Participants can walk, jog or run a 2k or 5k route and all events are timed so runners can monitor their progress. The Glasgow run takes place at Glasgow Quays and starts next to the Tradeston Bridge in Broomielaw.
Specialist Running Stores
Before you start your training you’ll need to stock up on running gear! Glasgow has a range of great specialist running stores where teams of running experts will sort you out with everything from trainers and tops to energy gels and GPS watches. Why not pay a visit to Achilles Heel in the west end and Run 4 It, Greaves and the Nike Store in the city centre.
Looking for more inspiration for your next run in Glasgow? With more than 90 parks and gardens open for the public to enjoy there’s no shortage of places to escape the city.