The Southside Six, organised by Allan McDermid and Nick Vaughan, ran from 2010 to 2016. Six runners took part in the first race as Allan and Nick were joined by friends to try out the new route encompassing six parks in the south side of Glasgow.
The race quickly attracted a big following among the Glasgow running clubs and beyond. 218 finished the race in 2011 and it grew in popularity each year with 304 finishers in 2016. You could describe it as undulating.
The route starts near the flagpole in Queen’s Park, heads along Battlefield and Kings Park Avenue before heading up through Kings Park and out towards Linn Park. Then it’s down to the White Cart Water and follow the path before coming out to Nethervale Avenue. Run to Clarkston then Eastwood Toll, taking a left down Ayr Road to enter Rouken Glen park at the boating pond.
Exit Rouken Glen via the David Lloyd club, take a right and follow the road through Thornliebank all the way to Pollokshaws Road and into Pollok Park. Exit Pollok at the Cartha Queen’s Park Rugby Club and head on to Bellahouston. A short loop adds in a few steps to climb then head out the park for a long slog along Nithsdale Road to Pollokshaws Road and back into Queen’s Park for yet more stairs to finish.
I feel this description isn’t doing the route justice. Just search for The Southside Six online and you’ll see many enthusiastic race reports praising the trails, hills, mud, roads, views (not so much the stairs) and the challenge and enjoyment it gives. Sadly I never got the chance to run it before council demands for road closures put an end to it. On the race website, the organisers’ ethos sums it up beautifully:
The emphasis of The Southside Six is for people who enjoy running to get out into the green spaces which are all around the south side of Glasgow. While we have based the route around six of the largest, there are many others to enjoy. The Southside Six is a race and there will be prizes for the fastest times however it’s as much about having a good time exploring.