South By Five – Qx5 – race brief
South By Five – Qx5 22nd January 2023 – 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
Queens Park will see the return of our ReShoes initiative.
We will be collecting pairs of used running shoes and pre-loved running gear. These will be distributed to less advantaged folk – homeless, refugees and local charities. Please bring your pre-loved gear 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.
In lieu of proper race entry fee we’re collecting donations for the local foodbank.
Their current listed items in need are:
Pasta Sauce/Tinned Tomatoes
This is not an exhaustive list, all donations are welcome. Please bring to registration. Thanks
Time: Sunday 22nd January 2023, 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 on the way to the start line, half way up the Balvicar Drive hill. It’s a bit out of the prevailing wind, and weather!
Timing: Manual by race team
Numbers: Allocated on arrival. Race series numbers can be kept as a memento
Map details – Google 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!
New for 2023! After the tarmac-fest of Bellahouston, we wanted to return to the trails (wear trail shoes!). You’re going to love me for this route!
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 right turn sees the first of the hill climb up towards the Glasshouse. A quick glimpse of views across south Glasgow before turning up towards the back of the allotments for a downhill trail section. Mind and duck under the tree!!
Popping out back onto tarmac near the pond, a short tarmac stretch before a trail hill. A recovery run down through the grassy meadow brings you onto lap two.
Onto the third lap which is the big tarmac lap. Running a large loop of the park heading over Balvicar Drive and onward towards Victoria Rd.
Turning 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
There is parking around the park along Langside Drive, this is only a short walk from the registration.
MARKING AND MARSHALLS
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 one of our awesome qualified hi-viz heroes 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
RESULTS – PRIZES – PRIZE GIVING – SOUP!
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!
Tea and coffee will be available, and we ask for a small cash donation for this.
Race merch will be given out at registration.
The bar at the bowling club will also be open offering a range of drinks. Please note this is cash only
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.
TRANSPORT AND PARKING
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:
- 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
Any queries, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org