Fun event is a runaway success for thousands in North Glasgow - VIDEO

NEARLY 3,000 runners descended upon Ruchill Park on Sunday to make the eighth annual North Glasgow 5K (ng5k) a runaway success.

Rainy conditions failed to take the shine of the event – with many participants taking part in the suggested seaside-themed fancy dress.

Ruchill Park - ng5k'Despite the rainy start, lots turn up. The warm up'21st April 2013'Pic:Roberto Cavieres

Ruchill Park - ng5k'Despite the rainy start, lots turn up. The warm up'21st April 2013'Pic:Roberto Cavieres

Every ng5k fun runner received a medal, Tunnock’s Caramel wafer, bottle of water and piece of fruit at the finish line. Participants and spectators also visited the Health Tent to pick up loads of information from local organisations and community groups.

Entertainment at the free race was provided by Diamond Destiny Cheerleading Squad, drumming band SheBoom, lone piper Donald McKenzie and local community group Beatroute.

Meanwhile, the ever-energetic Carol Goodwin, from North Glasgow College, led the traditional ng5k warm-up and MC Greg Summers was on hand to encourage every single last fun runner over the finish line.

A spokesperson said: “Fun runners chose how to approach the 5K route; whether running, jogging, walking, or pushing the kids along in their buggy, ng5k offered a fun day out for all.

“Our oldest participant this year was keen local walker, Bill Rossine, from Possilpark, at a sprightly 89 years of age (pictured far right).

“Freya Barclay, our youngest, at only three-weeks-old, was pushed around the route in her pram.

“Our 5k is one of the only events of its kind where participants of all ages and levels of ability take part together.

“This year’s event was another sell out with registration closing over two weeks early.

“The ng5k started out in 2006, with just under 1,000 participants and has since trebled in size to become one of Glasgow’s largest community fun runs.

“North Glasgow Healthy Living Community and a steering group of partners organise the ng5k every year. We would like to say a massive thank-you to all our sponsors, funders, and volunteers. We couldn’t do it without you.”

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