Jo enjoys the fun of a big race at Glasgow’s Great Scottish Run

Runners at the start of the Glasgow Half Marathon

You may have heard the expression ‘the loneliness of the long distance runner’. I can certainly relate to that, having done the majority of my training for the Snowdonia Marathon on my own. It was therefore a very different running experience when I found myself at the start line of the Great Scottish Run in Glasgow on Sunday morning.

22,000 runners took part in the race, a 13.1 mile course through the city’s streets and parkland. There was fantastic support, and ‘Flower of Scotland’ could be heard from many bagpipes along the route!
Having run an eighteen mile hilly route around Cardiff and Penarth the previous weekend, I felt I’d been let off lightly doing a mere thirteen miles, but the fact that it was a race and not just a training run encouraged me to try and pick up the pace a little. There is also no better incentive for speeding up than being overtaken by someone dressed up in a Father Christmas suit!
Sponsorship continues to arrive at the Crossroads Care offices, and I am delighted to say that over £1,200 has now been raised to support carers of people with dementia in the Vale of Glamorgan. Thanks to everyone who has seen us well on our way to reaching our target of £3,000.

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. And to give you taste of what Jo is facing, here’s the
approximate Snowdonia Marathon course