On Sunday 28th May, I took part in the Shettleston 10k. After succeeding Polaroid as chief sponsors for the Helensburgh and Dumbarton 10ks, Babcock added this new race in place of the old Clydebank 10k. Unfortunately, at £49.75 for the 3 race series, the number of participants had taken a significant hit, and only 297 took part in this inaugural event, compared to the usual 700+ for the old Polaroids.
The route includes a half-loop around the south west corner of Glasgow Green before heading out over the bridge towards Shawfield stadium and back, with a final half-loop to the finish line. Typical for these races, the organisation was very slick with a great goody bag for all runners including medal, tshirt, water bottle and other bits and bobs.
Despite a period of hot weather in the lead up to the event, the conditions on the morning were ideal for running. Unfortunately, this left me with no excuses for a pretty poor performance where I could only muster 41.10. The course is ideal for fast times, as shown by the winners, so I was disappointed not to get closer to the 40 minute mark. The effort was there, just not the speed. A good training session for the Vale of Leven 10k in a few weeks if nothing else.
The race was won by Wayney Ghebresilassie of host club Shettleston Harriers, who ran the fastest 10k in Scotland this year and was unlucky not to break the 30 mins barrier, clocking 30.10. First lady was Fionnuala Ross, also of Shettleston, in 34.23. Again, this was the fastest 10k ran in Scotland this year, so it must have just been me that struggled!
Of the 297 finishes, I came 88th.
Scott Coulter – Maryhill Harriers – 41.10.