Krista Black took part in the first formal Southside Six Race. An approximately 26km long event that started and finished in Queen’s Park, Glasgow. The race was conceived after some local runners noted that they seldom used the many local parks in the south side of the city so they devised a route that encompassed six of the popular parks (Queen’s Park, King’s Park, Linn, Rouken Glen, Pollok Park and Bellahouston Park). A low-key, friendly but well organised race on mixed terrain including some steep steps! Highly recommended and one for your 2012 to-do list. Link to event website at southsidesix.
Krista said: “On Sunday October 30th I ran the inaugural South Side Six run in Glasgow. The weather was suitably autumnal and ideal for 26 kilometres through the parks and streets on the south side of Glasgow with 219 other runners. We started with the gun from Queen’s Park after the race director finishing his race briefing with, “hopefully, see you back here in a couple of hours.” My thoughts exactly! I don’t know Glasgow at all and may have spent the next few hours wondering around looking for directions. Much to my chagrin, 50 marshalls were waiting to repeatedly point me in the right direction.
At each park there was a checkpoint with water, sweeties and a sticker for your race number. After a bit of a hilly climb to Kings park, on to Lynn Park and then Rouken Glen and the highest point of the race. Following a lovely little burn through Rouken Glen with a waterfall and all of the autumn leaves was definitely a high point. The next section to Pollock park was very muddy and I passed a number of runners that slowed in an attempt to keep their trainers clean..
On to Bellahouston and a steep set of stairs at mile 12 (thanks guys!). Slightly more familiar ground as I’ve run the Glasgow half a couple of times and it travels this way. So not lost yet! Back to Queen’s Park with lovely tree lined paths and a long set of stairs to the cheers at the finish.
Tea, sandwiches and cakes all provided for the runners afterwards. Cracker of a goodie bag (see photo 🙂 and exceptionally well organised for £6! A stellar race and really enjoyed it, definitely on the books for next year!”