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The inaugural One Big Weekend - a race for all

by Press Release
Monday 5th August 2013
Tags  One Big Weekend   |   GSi events   |   jogscotland
 
 

Race report: The jogscotland One Big Weekend - August 3 & 4, 2013

The jogscotland One Big Weekend - August 3 & 4, 2013

Photos © Lesley Martin

As part of One Big Weekend there were races in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Perth this weekend. The races were designed to give runners from more than 500 jogscotland running clubs across the country a chance to meet up. But the timed runs which included a 5K for adults and a 1K for kids at each venue were also open to non jogscotland members.

jogscotland is Scotland’s recreational running network. It has around 25,000 members, running in supportive, sociable groups all over the country. For more information on jogscotland please visit www.jogscotland.org.uk

The jogscotland One Big Weekend was organised by the experienced team at GSi Events who are also behind the Edinburgh Marathon Festival which in 2014 will be in its 12th year.

Neil Kilgour, Race Director, said: “We’re delighted to be working alongside jogscotland to host these new and exciting events. One Big Weekend is open to all levels of running ability. It was great to see people from all over the area come together and celebrate their love of walking, jogging and running while enjoying the fresh air and taking in the stunning views offered along the courses. We hope everyone had fun and that Jogscotland One Big Weekend will become an exciting addition to the running calendar.”

Billy Mitchell, head of jogscotland said: “It was great to see jogscotland members rising to the One Big Weekend challenge.  I know how much hard work goes into just getting to the start line.  A big thanks to all the Jog Leaders who have given their time, enthusiasm and expertise to help so many to achieve their goals.  Every week, over 500 jogscotland groups provide a fantastic, supportive atmosphere that fosters physical activity and healthy choices for our members – and we’re growing fast.  One Big Weekend has been an ideal challenge for many – my congratulations to all those taking part.”

Every runner received a running belt - great for running with keys/cash or a phone. They also got a medal, goody bag and can now look forward to their results being posted on the website within the next 48 hours.

  • Beach Esplanade, ABERDEEN, on Saturday August 3
  • North Inch, PERTH, on Saturday August 3
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, EDINBURGH, on Sunday August 4
  • Bellahouston Park, GLASGOW, on Sunday August 4

 

Superfit Susan Stewart of Peebles took part in all four of jogscotland’s One Big Weekend races promising to complete 50 stunning sporting challenges before she hits the big five-zero.

She’d lined up the non-stop schedule to raise awareness about the urgent need for organ donors in Scotland. She’s urging more people to join the donor register after her husband Alan’s life was saved by a kidney transplant. And Alan- who received a new kidney from his sister Kathleen- feels so well again he decided to join her and run the One Big Weekend races too.

 

The jogscotland One Big Weekend - August 3 & 4, 2013

Photos © Lesley Martin

Aberdeen: a great start

The first Jogscotland One Big Weekend running festival got off to a fabulous start today as hundreds of people took part in races in glorious sunshine at the Beach Esplanade in Aberdeen.

It saw Michael Barker race to the finish line at the 5K, in just 19 minutes and 13 seconds. The Metro Aberdeen RC runner was elated to win the race which is one of four summer races in cities across Scotland this weekend.

Michael said: “I started running 4 years ago and joined Airyhall Jogscotland and I haven’t looked back. I’m so happy to cross the line first in the first of the One Big Weekend race series”.

First female to cross the finish line in third place overall was Tammy Wilson, 31 from Inverurie, who finished in 20 minutes and 7 seconds. This was the Garioch Road Runner’s first ever 5k run and she said: “It was a fantastic course and good event to be a part of.”

As well as the Aberdeen event, there are races in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth this weekend. The races are designed to give runners from more than 500 jogscotland running clubs across the country a chance to meet up. But the timed runs which include a 5K for adults and a 1K for kids at each venue are also open to non jogscotland members.

Dozens of youngsters took part in the junior 1K race in Aberdeen today with sporty Mia Keogh, 10, coming top of the juniors, finishing in just 3 minutes and  39 seconds. She said: “I just love running!”


Perth: a race for all

North Inch, Perth was the perfect setting for the first jogscotland One Big Weekend running festival. Hundreds of runners enjoyed the evening sunshine on Saturday 3 August as they took part in the 5k race around the park.

It saw Keirr Miller, aged only 16, race to the finish line at the 5K, in just 19 minutes and 29 seconds. The Perth Strathstay Harriers runner and Scottish Athletics member was elated to win the race which is one of four summer races in four cities across Scotland this weekend.

Kierr said: “This is my first ever race win and to win on home soil makes it even more special. I’m so happy! I am hoping to go on to study Sporting Exercise Science at University after school so will put into practise all I’ve learnt” Kierr added: “I’m so pleased Rose Ryan won the Junior race as I’ve coached her before as part of my voluntary work towards my Gold Duke of Edinburgh”.  

First female to cross the finish line fourth overall was Judith Livingstone from Methven in 22 minutes and 22 seconds.

The junior 1K race in Perth was won by Rose Ryan, aged 9, from Perth who beat her little sister Iris aged 4. The Kinnoull Primary school pupil was thrilled to cross the finish line first. Her father, Duncan Ryan, came 2nd in the 5k race in 20 minutes and 1 second ahead of his 11 year old son Gregor who completed the 5k in 26 minutes and 5 seconds. Duncan said: “This was a great family event and so well organised. I am a keen runner and take the kids to many races so this was their chance to take part and shine. Which they did!”


Edinburgh: Family. Friends. Fitness

The first jogscotland One Big Weekend running festival was a success as hundreds of people took part in races in glorious sunshine at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh.

It saw Andres Leon Santos, aged 27, race to the finish line at the 5K, in just 17 minutes and 51 seconds. Andres was elated to win the race which is one of four summer races in cities across Scotland this weekend.
He said: “I came to Edinburgh to visit my friend and we decided to enter this race together. It’s my very first 5k win and I’m so happy.”

Andres crossed the line 10 seconds ahead of his friend Andrew Lices. Mr Lices said “I can’t believe we came 1st and 2nd! This has made his stay extra special. I had intended to cross the line ahead of him but that wasn’t meant to be today but we’re still friends!”.

Dozens of youngsters took part in the junior 1K race in Edinburgh today with sporty Lewis Calder, aged 7, from Pentland Primary finishing in 4 minutes and 34 seconds seconds ahead of his elder brother Struan, aged 8, who came 2nd. His sister Lara, aged 4, also took part with dad making it a family occasion. Their mother Julie Calder said “They’ve got the running bug! It was lovely for the family to do something together. Running is such a great sport and today’s weather in Edinburgh really helped”.


Glasgow: The new 5k race series ends on a high!

Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park was the stage for the concluding race events as part of the first jogscotland One Big Weekend running festival. Hundreds of runners enjoyed the late evening sunshine tonight, Sunday 4 August, as they took part in the 5k race around the park.

It saw Shazad Hakeem, aged 34, from Rutherglen, race to the finish line at the 5K, in just 18 minutes and 51 seconds. The Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers runner was elated to win the race which is one of four summer races in four cities across Scotland this weekend.

Shazad said: “I signed up for the Gold jogscotland membership as I wanted to enter this race and it was included as part of the package. I didn’t expect to win as I was up against some very good runners and I came fourth last year.  It’s an amazing feeling crossing the line first - I’m buzzing”.  

First female to cross the finish line in third place overall was Kirsty Wooff, aged 22,  who finished in 21 minutes and 14 seconds. Kirsty commented: “I entered with my dad as a bit of fun. We wanted to get fit and set ourselves a target and this event looked like the perfect opportunity to do both. I am very proud of myself”.

As well as the Glasgow event, there were races in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth this weekend. The races were designed to give runners from more than 500 jogscotland running clubs across the country a chance to meet up. But the timed runs which include a 5K for adults and a 1K for kids at each venue were also open to non jogscotland members.

Billy Mitchell, head of jogscotland said: “It was great to see jogscotland members rising to the One Big Weekend challenge.  I know how much hard work goes into just getting to the start line.  A big thanks to all the Jog Leaders who have given their time, enthusiasm and expertise to help so many to achieve their goals.  Every week, over 500 jogscotland groups provide a fantastic, supportive atmosphere that fosters physical activity and healthy choices for our members – and we’re growing fast.  One Big Weekend has been an ideal challenge for many – my congratulations to all those taking part.”

Sporty Jamie Smith, aged 7, from Howwood, came top of the juniors winning the 1K junior race in Glasgow tonight in 5 minutes and 57 seconds. Proud mum Lesley said: “Jamie is very interested in sport especially running. This is his first proper running race win and he’s so so happy!”

Every runner received a running belt- great for running with keys/cash or a phone. They also got a medal, goody bag and can now look forward to their results being posted on the website within the next 48 hours.

Neil Kilgour, Race Director, said: “We’re delighted to be working alongside jogscotland to host this new and exciting event in Glasgow. One Big Weekend is open to all levels of running ability. It was great to see people from all over the area come together and celebrate their love of walking, jogging and running while enjoying the fresh air at Bellahouston Park. We hope everyone had fun today and that jogscotland One Big Weekend will become an exciting addition to the running calendar.”


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