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South By Five – Bellahouston Park race brief

South By Five – Bx5 2nd January 2022 – Race Brief

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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


With COP26 and climate change hot on everyone’s agenda just now, we figured this is the perfect time to launch our ReShoes initiative.

Continuing at Bellahouston Park on Sunday with the fifth and penultimate South By Five event, we will be collecting pairs of used running shoes. These will be distributed to less advantaged folk – homeless, refugees and local charities. Please bring your used running shoes to registration where they will be collected.

Please tie the pairs together by their laces to avoid separation. Also a small note in the shoe confirming the shoe size will be helpful.


We’ve conducted a litter pick within the park whilst recce’ing the route. Please don’t undo the hard work, and that of the Friends of Bellahouston Park during the race! Take your litter home or use a bin!


Time: Sunday 2nd January 2022, 10:30am
From: Bellahouston Park, Dumbreck Road/Nithsdale Rd entrance – What3Words ///send.rests.wing
Registration: from 09:30am until 10.20am at the start area
Race brief: 10.25am at start line
Timing: Manual by race team
Numbers: Allocated on arrival. Race series numbers are to be returned to race control at the finish. They will be re-issued at each event.


An anachronism for Acorn Trails, this event is 100% tarmac path within the park. The overall series is very much multi-terrain, and we figured we need some yin to Pollok Park’s yang. However these paths can be slippery in places with water run-off, and autumn leaves. The race team recommend a road shoe (I’m not sure I own a pair!). The route is not flat!!! We had to make up for the lack of mud somehow. It has some ups, and some downs, and some flatter sections!

The route consists of an out and back section, a reverse half loop and then two loops within the park. Sounds complicated. It isn’t, and there will be plenty sigage and marshal to point you the right way.

Course map available from our friends at Glasgow Running Routes:

ACORN South By Five: Bellahouston

There is parking within the park adjacent to the ski slope, this is only a short walk from the registration.


Ensure your following the current Scottish Government guidance on COVID. We highly recommend a lateral flow test before attending this event – negative results preferable!

Our Scottish Athletics license, Glasgow City Council permission, our own company policy and common decency ask you to consider your health, that of your families and those around you. Please oblige, keep everyone safe, and help us to keep future events happening.

Hand sanitiser is in place at registration and the finish area. Please use it. We and the wider community thank you in advance.


The course will be marked with high viz arrows and guidance will be from the volunteer team.

They will be 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 Amvale 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


Timing for the event is manual. Please bear with us, we’ll get the results to you as soon as we can.

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 snacks and water at the race finish. Series runners will be offered their mementos on 16th January. 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 following the final race on January 16th. There will be hot soup and roll available for participants of the QP race. Everyone else can make a donation for theirs! Series prizes will be based on your best 5 race positions from the 6 races – if you miss a race no worries!


There are no facilities available in Bellahouston Park. Please arrive ready to run. We shouldn’t really need to say this but…… PLEASE DO NOT USE THE PARK AS A TOILET!

There will be a small bag drop facility at the start/finish. Items are left at owners own risk.


There are numerous local bus routes which serve the park. Check the operator websites for details.

Nearest train station is Dumbreck – a short distance along Nithsdale Road.

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



Happy Running!
Team Acorn

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