I’d not marshalled before, so was quite looking forward to it. The Women’s 10k is a big event (12,000 participants), and there are professional stewards and event organisers, but the club has helped with the start marshalling for a few years now: I was asked to help with the ‘pulse’ signs (to phase the runners so the faster runners were at the front), and ensure runners weren’t moving too far forward. With a complimentary pink t-shirt, and an impressive ‘Race Official’ tag, it was all very enjoyable helping out. Nobody seemed to want any of my safety pins though 🙁
After the start, and our responsibilities finished, we were free to go and watch the race and lend our support to the runners, so I barrelled over to Pollok Park to catch the lead runners pass by. There was an impressive Elite field boosted by a number of Eritrean runners who were, I understand, seeking asylum in Glasgow, and had been invited to take part. I don’t (yet) know the winning time, but it was *fast*.
I took a number of pictures (click here) with my old compact camera (I need a new one) during my travels. Sadly not much running for me today though: I’ve not been feeling too great this afternoon.