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Southside 6

04/11/2012

On Sunday 4th, Jo Needham travelled to Glasgow to take part in the Southside Six, a 26k race through six of the city's parks... Jo reports as follows...

"I entered the Race a couple of months ago and thought I had plenty of time to get some training in. Unfortunately I came down with another cold which resulted in a chest infection and problems with my asthma but with 4 weeks to race day I decided "what the hell, I'll give it a go", so devised my jokingly named  'zero to hero' plan.  

The race itself is held within the Southside of Glasgow - the route starts and finishes at the flag pole at Queens Park, via Kings Park, Linn Park, Rouken Glen Park, Pollok Country Park and Bellahouston Park.

The route is a mixture of leaf-covered park paths, muddy trails, quiet suburban streets and busy 'take your life in your own hands' roads. It is a very hilly course which, according to my gps device, has a total ascent and descent of over 5,000 ft. This included a few sets of steps which were a killer on tired legs, not forgetting the infamous steps at the finish line in Queen's park. Whomsoever made up this course was definitely sadistic, as there was a strategically placed photographer waiting to catch the runners' grimaces at top of the steps.

The conditions on the day were bright and dry, but there was a definite nip in the air. Unfortunately, due to the recent rainfall some of the more off road sections were very muddy. Overall I really enjoyed the race, although found it a lot tougher than I imagined. I had read on the website that it takes the average runner 3 hours to complete the race so I was happy to finish in a time of 2:49:40. The organisers, marshals and crowd support were superb. We were greeted with a technical t-shirt, and a decent goody bag - although I missed out on the homemade soup, this has given me the incentive to finish quicker next time."

Jo.

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