Samantha Kinghorn wins Great Scottish Run 10K in Glasgow

Samantha Kinghorn wins Great Scottish Run 10K in Glasgow

Thousands of Scots hit Glasgow streets for The Great Scottish Run 2018 as punters run, walk and don fancy

Olympic marathon bronze medallist Mare Dibaba won the Great Scottish Run half-marathon, with Britains Chris Thompson winning the mens event in Glasgow.

Ethiopias Dibaba, who finished third at the Rio Games in 2016, held off Rose Chelimo to win gold in one hour nine minutes and 15 seconds.

I knew the other guys wanted a race so to beat them convincingly tells me everything I need to know, said Thompson, who had clocked 62:44 in winning last year. It was harder than last year so, as a performance, Im happy. Its possibly my best half-marathon race, especially in those conditions. The good thing is I didnt have to race to the line over the last three miles so that minimised the damage.

Kenyas world marathon champion Chelimo finished second in 1:10:07, with Americas Alia Gray third in 1:13:32.

The 2015 world marathon champion, who did not finish at the Dubai marathon and came seventh in London earlier this year, has Frankfurt in her sights and looked in imperious form in Glasgow. She broke the tape in 69:15, almost a minute ahead of reigning world marathon champion Rose Chelimo (70:07). American Alia Gray was third in 73:32.

Polands Marcin Chabowski was second (1:02:24), with Thompsons fellow Brit Luke Traynor third (1:02:56).

Im proud of how I ran but I dont have that endurance yet to hold that pace, he said. It was super-windy and it was a grind and Chris has been up at altitude so I couldnt keep up with him. But I feel Im in the process of taking that next step. Im ready to hit a big half-marathon. He was ready here and I wasnt.

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Since I havent raced for a long time (she was seventh in London and DNF in Dubai earlier this year), I am very happy to come first in this race, said Dibaba, who had made the early running alongside Chelimo before pulling away and spending much of the race accompanied by Para marathon World Cup gold medallist Derek Rae.

THOUSANDS of Scots hit the Glasgow streets this morning as The Great Scottish Run kicked off in the city centre.

Thompson was not threatened at any point from there on in and his winning time is his third-best ever over the distance. He will now concentrate on making his final preparations for a tilt at the TCS New York City Marathon at the beginning of November.

Punters ran, walked, wheeled and donned fancy dress for the races – all in the name of charity.

It was the young Scot who had led the way just ahead of Thompson and Chabowski in the early stages but the more experienced athlete bided his time before moving to the head of affairs and began to really stretch his lead around the five-mile mark.

George Square was packed with participants – despite M8 road closures causing travel chaos for Scots heading to the event.

He added: I tend to race my opponents these days. Luke really wanted to keep pushing… that was the race. The Polish guy kept going and it was only 5k out that I knew I had him. I was very impressed with him.

Yesterday saw participants of all sizes and ages take to the Toddler Dash, Junior Run and Family Mile on The Great Scottish Run’s Super Saturday.

The wheelchair athletes had got the days events underway and it was Patrick Monahan who led the field home, the Irish Paralympian clocking 24:31 to won comfortably from Sam Kolek (27:58) and Kyle Brotherton (28:07).

Participants were taking on the 10k and Half Marathon today – which has seen road closures put in place across the city.

Some familiar faces were spotted in the crowd, including Shrek, Captain America, Spiderman and a green Power Ranger.

Gemma Steel warmed up for the forthcoming Commonwealth Half-Marathon Championships with a victory in 34:00 ahead of fellow British international Mhairi Maclennan (34:12) and Kilbarchans Elspeth Curran (35:11).

Glasgow Green will host punters this afternoon to celebrate the end of the race as Scots are encouraged to head along to the event.

In the 10km contests, Adam Craig of Edinburgh AC took first place in a time of 29:43 ahead of Metro Aberdeen athlete Cameron Strachan (31:20) and Shettleston Harriers Daniel Bradford (31:22).

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