Five Great Glasgow Runs

five great runs

Spring is here – and with it, some milder weather (fingers crossed!) and longer evenings. More daylight means more time to get out and about. And that means more runners pounding the city streets.

Whether you are a dedicated jogger with marathons under your belt, or a couch potato inspired by this year’s upcoming Commonwealth Games, you’ll need a good place to go and run. If the street right outside your door is not quite enough to keep you interested, we’ve compiled five fabulous runs through Glasgow.

They each give a unique perspective on the city – and are close enough to a Subway Station for you to leave the car at home – or Park & Ride and then jog.

So you won’t have any excuse not to pull on the trainers – and get running
(all distances are approximate only).

1. St Enoch to Glasgow Green (map)

This run has everything: urban life, a spectacular city skyline and the stunning views of Glasgow Green.

Come out of the Subway at St Enoch and jog south to the river. Turn left along Clyde Street and keep going.

The route takes you in a loop round Glasgow Green, wave to the coffee drinkers in the Winter Gardens, and then head south of the river at Crown Street. Follow the Clyde back westwards, and then north across the river again at the Tradeston Bridge.

Head back along the Broomielaw and then up Dixon Street to where you started.

Distance: 7.5km
Advantage: Very flat, no hills to speak of.
Disadvantage: You might be tempted to stop off for a burger on the return leg.

2. Clyde Canal (map)

Exit Hillhead Subway station and turn right, running towards Botanic Gardens.

Cross over to Queen Margaret Drive, past the Gardens, then left down Kelvin Drive. Join Kelvin Way near the Ha’penny Bridge and follow the river up to the canal locks. Go right along the Forth and Clyde Canal… and keep going.

The path will loop round but eventually you will see Maryhill Road on your right and the Fire Station. Come back out onto the road there and turn right. A left will take you back on to Queen Margaret Drive and from there you can jog back to Byres Road.

Distance: 10km
Advantage: Fabulous scenery along the canal, quiet.
Disadvantage: Quite a few hills, so pace yourself.

3. West End (map)

Start this time at Partick Subway and run west along Dumbarton Road. Grit your teeth as you run up Broomhill Drive then head for Clarence Drive (another big hill).

From there, take a right along Hyndland Road, Highburgh Road and then University Avenue (told you it was hilly, just try to admire the buildings). Cut through Kelvingrove Park by way of Kelvin Way, round Kelvingrove Art Gallery and then Argyle Street and next Dumbarton Road. Keep going and you’ll be a back at Partick in no time.

If you are feeling really fit, try running up and down Gardner Street a few times but that is not for the faint hearted.

Distance: 8km
Advantage: Fabulous scenery, you run past some of Glasgow’s best buildings.
Disadvantage: With all those West End bars and restaurants you’ll need to be committed to finishing.

4. Pollok Park (map)

Pollok Park is a great place to run. By starting at Kinning Park station you can include a good chunk of road running in the route.

From the Subway head along Paisley Road West. Take a loop round Bellahouston Park then head south to Pollok Park along Dumbreck Road. There are plenty of paths to follow once you are in the park, so kick back, enjoy the scenery and try to resist stopping off for tea and scones at the Burrell Collection. Head back the way you came for a quick Shoogle home.
Male joggers might like this route as it recreates sections of the annual Men’s 10k.

Distance: 10km
Advantage: Two parks for the price of one.
Disadvantage: Long haul first down the Paisley Road West, and watch out for traffic!

5.Clyde Bridges (map)

Running over the Clyde’s many bridges is a favourite of many runners. Here’s just one suggestion, using Bridge Street Subway (appropriately) as the kicking off point.

From there sprint over the Glasgow Bridge and turn right along Clyde Street. Cross back to the south side at Gorbals Street and then again to the north at Crown Street, head through Glasgow Green, taking the Kings Bridge back over the river. From there head back along Ballater Street, cross back over Crown Street, then Gorbals again before heading back to Bridge Street.

Distance: 5km
Advantage: All those bridges!
Disadvantage: Be careful you don’t get dizzy double backing on yourself.