North Glasgow Fun Run
May 21, 2009 by localnews
The London Marathon may be bigger – but North Glasgow’s 5k was definitely more FUN! Over 2,600 kids, mums, dads, grannies and granddads, and even canine friends pounded the streets around Ruchill Park for a record-breaking fourth year of the NG5K!
The party styled, free, event saw runners wearing fancy dress and pushing prams, buggies and wheelchairs. ‘We had an overwhelming demand this year,’ said Lyndsey Murison, Health & Wellbeing Worker for North Glasgow Healthy Living Community. ‘Registration had to be closed a week early and we had a waiting list!’
M.C. Greg Summers invited special guests MSP Patricia Ferguson and Depute Lord Provost Allan Stewart to formally welcome the crowds. Then local fitness instructor, Carol Goodwin and the Devil’s Angels cheerleaders led the warm up.
Along the route there was music and entertainment including a five piece jazz band and a local belly dancing group. Residents hung out of windows or stood in their gardens to watch while bumper crowds cheered on participants at Ruchill Park.
A free sports massage was available afterwards to those who needed it.
Robert Graham, 43, from Sighthill said, ‘I loved the idea of running a 5K just for fun and it was right on my door step. It got the people of North Glasgow out of their sofas!’
Participant Mark Barrow added, ‘I usually run 10k and half marathons for charity but I decided to do the ng5k with my wife and 6-year-old daughter. She had so much fun it really was a special occasion.’