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South By Five – Qx5 16th January 2022 – Race Brief



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

Culminating at Queens Park on Sunday with the sixth 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’re conducting a litter pick within the park whilst recce’ing the route on the afternoon of Saturday 15th January. If you want to join us, please drop us a line. Please don’t undo the hard work, and that of the Friends of Queens Park during the race! Take your litter home or use a bin!


Time: Sunday 16th  January 2022, 10:30am
From: Queens Park, Balvicar Drive entrance – What3Words ///dared.mole.clash
Registration: from 09:30am until 10.20am at the Wellcroft Bowling Club, 163 Queens Drive, G42 8QR ///ties.bowls.liver
Race brief: 10.25am at start line
Timing: Manual by race team
Numbers: Allocated on arrival. Race series numbers can be kept s a memento

Map detailsGoogle map specific to this event


Registration will not take place at the start line. This will take place at Wellcroft Bowling Club. Please allow plenty time to register and get to the start line!


The biggest nod to the series inspiration, The South Side Six, the Qx5 event uses the same start and finish – and the steps! However, unlike SS6, our race will not leave the park.

With a downhill start towards the main gates on Langside Road, a hard right turn sees the first of the hill climbs back up towards the flagpole. A quick glimpse of views across Glasgow and the Campsies before turning round the back of the allotments for the downhill trail section. Popping out back onto tarmac near Church On The Hill, a sharp downhill section then another hard right into the long tree lined avenue. Beware of crossing squirrels!

Passing by the duck pond, and crossing Balvicar Drive, some runners will recognise this section from Migo Mile and Queens parkrun.

The first lap will continue past the Victoria Road gates around the parks perimeter path, heading back towards Langside Rd and the second lap.

Lap two will turn right at Victoria Road, up the tree avenue, and onto the famous steps. Just when you think you’re nearly done, there’s another right turn and a last hill push back to the finish line

Photo: R Goslan

Course map available from our friends at Glasgow Running Routes:

ACORN South By Five: Queen’s Park

There is parking around the park along Langside Drive, 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.

Following the race, there will be hot soup and bread available at Wellcroft Bowling Club. There will also be live music, whilst we collate the final series results and allocate the prizes. Please bear with us whilst we compile the results. As it is the best 5 from 6 races, it isn’t totally straight forward!

All series finishers will receive a race memento, in addition to any merch ordered at signup. Please collect from the Wellcroft Bowling Club after the race.

The bar at the bowling club will also be open offering a range of drinks. Please note this is cash only

Covid arrangements will be in place at the finish event. Please remain seated. When moving around the room, face coverings must be worn, and remember to keep a distance from your fellow runners. This in inline with current Scottish Government guidance on events.


There are no facilities available in Queens 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 registration. 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 Queens Park – a short distance along Victoria 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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