2008 Glasgow Women’s 10k

I had an early start this morning, as I’d volunteered to help my running club with the start marshalling at the 2008 Glasgow Women’s 10k.

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.

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