Rugged Run

Rugged Run – Glasgow – Bridge Run

Overview

A fun way to see Glasgow. Run the river Clyde and try to cross as many bridges as possible.

Parking

Rating: 2 out of 5.

I parked near Partick Train Station and got a train to the start line. There was only paid parking near the start but you could park slightly further away to get free parking.

Facilities

Rating: 2 out of 5.

There are toilets in a Tesco Supermarket next to the Train station. There are toilets on route belonging to shops/cafe’s etc

Nearest cafe

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Lots of options. Glasgow west end is full of Cafe’s.

Run Surface

100% concrete.

Dog Friendly

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Yes and no. I could do it with a dog on a lead but it wouldn’t be much fun due to all the traffic and other people on the route.

Elevation

Very flat – max height is 12m

Route

Click on the link to see an interactive map and to download GPX file.

More Info

When people talk about favourite bridges they might pick the Forth Rail Bridge or the Golden Gate Bridge but neither is my favourite. I like Jeff Bridges. He’s the only one of the three that has won an Oscar!

Jeff as the Dude in The Big Lewbowski

Glasgow has 21 non Oscar winning bridges.

In 2019 I decided run to across as many of the bridges as possible. I invited some members of my triathlon club along. The rules for the run was very simple – every time we get to a bridge, cross the bridge. Let me repeat that – get to a bridge, cross the bridge.

We got to the first bridge. People ran past it. I shouted at them to come back. “Get to a bridge. Cross the bridge!” I repeated. “oh – I understand now.” they said. We got to the second bridge. They ran past it again. Its a really simple rule – “GET TO THE F’ING BRIDGE, CROSS THE F’ING BRIDGE!” Sometimes I despair.

Happy runners after been reminded to cross the bridge.

We started at Dalmarnock and ran East to West. We could have done it the other way but East to West meant starting at a McDonald’s restaurant next to a scrap year before finishing at two Glasgow landmarks – the Armadillo and the Science Tower. West to East would have meant starting at the landmarks but finishing with a big mac and a Mcflurry. I choose the scenic rather unhealthy option.

The finish line.

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