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Big city racing returns as Great Scottish Run 2021 is launched

Autumn race date comes with comprehensive COVID cancellation policy

Runners who’ve missed taking part in big city events have finally been given a date to put in their race diaries. This year’s Great Scottish Run will take to the streets and parks of Glasgow on Sunday, 3 October, and is now open for entries. 

In addition to the welcome news of a race date, organisers Great Run also announced that the first 500 runners entering before 10am on Monday, 8 February will secure their places at a special discounted launch price.

With so much uncertainty surrounding what life might be like in the autumn, Great Run are aiming to ensure runners book their places – and commit to their training – with confidence. The event will take place following all relevant regulations and guidance, and ‘with the approval of all of their stakeholders’, to ensure the delivery of ‘a COVID secure experience’.

A spokesperson for the company said, “This year's event will undoubtedly look and feel a bit different, however the essence of what makes the Great Scottish Run the original and the best will still very much be in place.”

As in previous years, the 2021 Great Scottish Run 10K and Half Marathon will both start in George Square and travel past some of the city’s best-known landmarks before crossing over the River Clyde. When the 10K runners head back to Glasgow Green for their finish, the half-marathoners will continue through to Pollok and Bellahouston Parks, before their own finish in Glasgow Green.

If the event is changed, or cancelled, for any reason, all entrants, including 2020 rollovers, will be automatically transferred to the next edition of their race.

Runners unlucky enough to test positive for COVID-19 – or who have been in contact with someone who has tested positive – in the 10 days prior to the event will have their entries rolled over to 2022 upon submitting proof of their test results or request to isolate.

Runners unable to attend the event due to lockdowns or travel restrictions in their own areas, Glasgow or the country as a whole will also have their entries rolled over to 2022.

Amid much speculation about the effect the national vaccination programme may have on mass sporting events, Great Run have also confirmed that runners do not have to have had the COVID-19 vaccination in order to take part.

Image courtesy: Great Run

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