RUNBETWEENER OF THE MONTH – GILLIAN GLASS

If you have not spoken to Gillian Glass in the last 3 months then you are either:

 

a. not running enough; or

b. are avoiding her on your bank manager’s advice (she’s on commission with entrycentral and StuWeb)

 

What can we say about her. Gillian is a positive whirlwind of energy. Quite where she gets her energy from is still in doubt but climate change scientists are keen to hook her up to the National Grid.

 

Without Gillian it’s safe to say The Runbetweeners would still look like The Boy, Me and our respective wifes turning up sheepishly to Run4It every Monday. That all changed the moment Gillian walked through the door. In fact if we added a question to our pre-run questionnaire about how people heard about the Runbetweeners the options would be:

 

a. Gillian Glass told me to come

b. Jo Jingles told me to come at a children’s party

c. I am only here to buy a pair of socks

 

Gillian has inspired so many of our runners to sign up for what might be perceived as ‘club runners’ events. It’s safe to say she’s a major factor in the continued growth of running in the southside of Glasgow. Gillian is also the ladies captain of Glasgow running institution The Bellahouston Harriers where she encourages and inspires everyone to participate in everything 🙂

 

Gillian continues to make great progress in her own running progressing steadily through the distances and chipping away at her own personal and course records. There was a time at the end of 2018 when she was averaging 2-3 pbs a week 🙂 As she gains experience Gillian has also learned to listen to her body and pick events more conservatively – something we never thought we’d see. Impressively though Gillian is still at every event cheering from the sidelines, marshalling and encouraging even when she is not running herself.

 

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RUNBETWEENER OF THE MONTH

 

THE WARM UP WHEN THIS SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA

ABOUT YOU

Name: Gillian Glass
Age: 45
Town of Birth: Glasgow
Running Club(s): The Runbetweeners and Bellahouston Harriers
Something interesting we don’t know about you: My powers of persuasion know no bounds, but you probably do know that!! However, I managed to get into both Whitehall and Hyde Park Barracks and get a wee shot on the Queen’s horses! Thankfully this was in the days before social media (but I do have photos!)
THE LONG HARD MILES WHEN YOU WONDER WHY YOU’RE DOING THIS

RUNNING (write as much as you want)

How and when did you start running? I always played tennis so only started running when I joined the police years ago but thereafter it soon became treadmill running at lunchtime and I only ran the Women’s 10k once a year.
Why did you start running? I heard about parkrun, in 2014 went along to Pollok, with my children in tow as my comfort blanket. I loved it and soon became addicted to going every Saturday!

I joined the Runbetweeners in 2016 thinking I would only manage along to 2 sessions but actually ended up only missing 2 sessions a year due to being on holiday. I was there more than Kenny and Jack!

I then joined Bellahouston Harriers and it’s been the best thing I have done. I am grateful to have met so many lifelong friends through running.

What is your favourite route to run? Why? I just enjoy running anywhere really but love running in Arran as the scenery is stunning.
What is your favourite race? Why? Ooh, I love them all!!! Brian Goodwin – best 10k in the Southside!! It’s on Friday 21st June this year, Beer and a burger afterwards! Kyles 10 miles is another favourite though
Proudest running achievement? Why? Getting a sub 50min 10k…. in the Brian Goodwin of course! I just never thought it would be possible
What are your current running goals / ambitions? I hope to run Manchester marathon better than Stirling in 2017. Would also like to better my 10k time. Also hoping for a good time in The Glasgow Half this year. Love this run and the support along the way is brilliant. Last year a runner I was with asked me if I knew everyone in Glasgow as they were all shouting me on!
One bit of advice you would give a new runner? Just enjoy it, try parkrun, join a JogScotland group or running club. Best thing I have ever done is join a running club
What does your better half / family think about your running? Oh they all think I am mad! I probably am though! But they are very encouraging and somehow I seem to have inspired my youngest to take up running too. Even persuaded him to do cross country!
THAT BIT WHEN THE SMILE RETURNS TO YOUR FACE

SPRINT FINISH (answer in less than 5 words)

What is your favourite Runbetweeners session? I love them all but like the figure of 8 session in Newlands Park even although it’s hilly and I don’t like hills very much.   Oh and I like when we do shuttle runs too
If you could run anywhere in the world? No real desire as such but think a race abroad is appealing.
Pollok parkrun personal best and seasons best? 24.28
Favourite parkrun? Love them all! Pollok is my home run and love all the friends I have running there. I took part in the 10 x10 parkruns and enjoyed going to different ones. Drumchapel is the toughest I have done but so friendly and everyone finishes with a look of OMG!!! But they go back again!
With 6 months injury free training how fast could you run Pollok parkrun in? Oooh well as it’s the new, hillier course, I would like to get somewhere near my course pb. Under it would be great but I need to be realistic here as it’s bit hilly so let’s say 24.45
Favourite distance? 10 K. Yeah I think 10k so no idea why I have entered another marathon! I love track sessions too
Who is your running hero? Everyone who I see out there running, fast or slow, young or old
Your best running habit? Encouraging people to sign up for races and cross country
Your worst running habit? Chatting in a race, trying to get them to sign up for parkrun and races etc. I don’t do this anymore though and find myself saying to people – I can’t chat today.   I feel a bit rude but it worked wonders for me last year and I had a wee run of 16 pbs in a row!
One for the guys – tights or shights?
Kenny or Jack? Love, love love them both!!!!
COOL DOWN

WELL EARNED CAKES

Describe The Runbetweeners in your own words. The Runbetweeners is a fantastic, friendly and encouraging group, made up of people of all ages and abilities and we are very lucky to have 2 amazing leaders in Jack and Kenny.

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