South By Five is a series of six 5k races inspired by the iconic Southside Six race. That 16-mile race visited King’s Park, Linn Park, Rouken Glen, Pollok Park, Bellahouston Park and Queen’s Park.
South By Five will host a 5k event in each of the six parks. The series offers a good selection of multi-terrain surfaces, and some original Southside Six race features.
Queens Park is the last in the series, if you have one, please wear your South Side Six tshirts!
KIT 4 KENYA (in association with Colin Thomas and Migo Sports)
We will have a collection of your preloved gear (shorts, tees, trackies and shoes that are in decent condition please) at registration – if you could tie the shoes together with the laces and put a note inside them confirming the size that would help the grateful recipients to sort these easily.
Time: Sunday 16th February, 10:30am – NOTE START TIME
From:Queens Park, race start is near the flagpole
Registration: From 09:30am until 10.10am inside Queens Park Bowling Club. Possible parking highlighted by black line on the map. Please do no use the members car park at the club
Race brief: 10:25am at start line
Timing: Electronic timing from ProTay
Numbers: Allocated on arrival. Race series numbers are to be returned to race control at the finish. They will be returned completed in your series goody bag.
Run on the park’s paths with a short trail section on each loop, these can be slippery in places with water run-off, and autumn leaves. There are steps, famous steps – think South Side Six finish!. Road shoes are best for this event. Queens Park is probably the flattest park in Glasgow, so the route has no hills…..hmmm. Scrub that. Everywhere you look in QP there’s a hill. Expect some ascent and descent!
The route starts at the old South Side Six start, heads down to the main gate, before a hairpin turn sends back uphill to the flagpole, round the back of the allotments, and Glasshouse, before desceding the steep hill, and running a round the park. On the second lap, turn up the tree avenue at Victoria Road, up the steps and back to the start/finish.
MARKING AND MARSHALS
The course will be marked but we cannot vouch for numpties tampering with the markings, or fuds who can’t follow directions!
There will be marshals dotted at key points, wearing hi-vis vests because they are heroes! Listen to them, follow their instructions, say “hi” and say “thanks” – they are all volunteers there for your benefit.
If, in the unfortunate event, you need to drop out please (if able) return to race control. No-where on the course is too far away from the start/finish. If you are unable to return to race control – inform the next passing runner and/or nearest marshal immediately.
First aid will be provided by Ambulance Scotland and will be present on the course.
There is no water stop on the course. Water will be available at the finish. In an effort to reduce plastic waste, the water will be supplied from expandable water carriers. Please bring your own bottle/cup. Refreshment will also be available in Queens Park Bowling Club following the race
RESULTS – PRIZES – MEMENTO
Timing for the event is electronic and provided by ProTay Timing & Events. Provisional results will be available after the race. Once verified they will be published to Scottish Athletics and other relevant results services.
There are no prizes for the individual events. Individual event entrants will be offered goodies and a race memento at the finish. Series runners will be offered their mementos after the race at the Awards Ceremony due to take place in Queens Park Bowling Club. We say “offered” not “given” – if you don’t want it, don’t take it! Let’s not waste stuff!
Series prize giving will take place in Queen’s Park Bowling Club following the final race. There will be hot soup and bread available for participants of the QP race. Everyone else can make a donation to the club for theirs! Series prizes will be based on your best 5 race positions from the 6 races – if you miss a race no worries!
We’ll get the results and prizes worked out quick sharp after the race!. Current series standing are here. Remember that these are calulated from your best 5 races during the series. POints allocated according to your finish relative to other series runners, i.e. if you finish second in the race, but Kieron was 1st, then you will be considered 1st series runner and be awared 1 point.
AWARDS AND POST SERIES CEREMONY
After the race concludes in Queens Park, we’ll retire back to the bowling club. There will be hot soup, bread, tea and coffee available to all runners. Non-runners are welcome to partake, we just ask you make donation to the club.
Also on hand will be free massage from Anika Massage and Aromatherapy. Again a small donation would be appreciated She’s offering discount vouchers to anyone who beats her husband, Stuart Ainslie, in the race! When we say “beats”, that word is open to your interpretation…
Awards and goody bags will be presented along with a couple of small cheques to good causes you guys have helped via Sx5.
TRB’s big man, Dan the Beardless, is also buying the first round at the bar for the series runners. We’re hoping there will be additonal cuase to celebrate…Watch this space!
For those buff aficionados, Sx5 series buffs will be available to buy, subject to availability.
Toilets and changing areas in Queens Park Bowling Club. Bags and kit can be left in the Club until after the race. Items are left at own risk, but there is no public access to the building while the race is on.. We shouldn’t really need to say this but…… PLEASE DO NOT USE THE PARK AS A TOILET!
TRANSPORT AND PARKING
There are numerous local bus routes which serve the park. Check the operator websites for details.
Nearest train station to Queens Park is Mount Florida, which is only a short jog from the park.
There is public parking around the perimeter of the park. Check signage for local restrictions. Park at your own risk. Please do not use the Bowling Club car park which is for members only. (If you wish to join, it is £37 per year for social membership – Speak to Rodger on the day!)
Bags/jackets can be left at the registration at your own risk.
Previous results: South By Five
RULES – short and sweet:
1. Respect the marshals. They give their time so you can run!
2. Always follow the marshal’s instructions, especially at road crossings. Failure to do so could result in being disqualified
3. Running under a false name/number will result in immediate disqualification from this and all future races. If you are also a member of a running club or SAL, we reserve the right to inform them too.
4. Don’t litter. Anyone caught littering will be banned from future races and disqualified on the day.
5. The park is shared with others. Respect them and they will respect you. Smile, say hello and remember you are doing something great!
6. No dogs. The race is under SAL permit
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