Whatever tickets I get there will still be the marathon and the road cycling to be watched on the streets of Glasgow. The recent National Road Race Championships through the city streets showed what an entertaining spectacle these will be. Work is ongoing to get all the venues ready. As I'm running the Great Scottish Run half marathon in Glasgow in 4 weeks time the distances for my training runs of a Sunday morning are having to increase, and as I get easily bored, I devised a couple of wee 13 mile/ 20km routes around the Commonwealth Games venues to see what progress is being made on them. So if you want to run, cycle or walk around these places let me tell you what route I chose and what I saw.
Route 2. Scotstoun, Hampden and Ibrox, a 22km loop
|Clyde Auditorium (Armadillo) and The Hydro|
|SECC with BBC studios across the Clyde|
|Glasgow Museum of Transport (and a big crane?)|
|Govan Shipyards on the south bank of the Clyde, the Meadowside flats on the north|
|Scotstoun Sports Centre|
|Fossilised Crazy Golf in Victoria Park which will bamboozle the archaeologists of tomorrow|
|Clyde Tunnel Cyclepath|
Once you've gone through the underpass at the expressway you can get into the Clyde Tunnel cyclepath from Dumbarton Road. Where the entrance of the Clyde Tunnel now sits was once home to Partick Thistle Football Club from 1885-1897, Inchview. If you are running or walking it doesn't matter which of the two pedestrian tunnels you go down, but if cycling you need to go with the flow of traffic. The cycle tunnel is about 1km long and isn't as scary as it used to be, with the controlled entry at each end, a fresh lick of paint inside recently added to brighten it up and it no longer even smells like a urinal.
|Mrs Elder in Elder Park|
|Ibrox Stadium, 11 km into this route|
|Hampden Bowling Club|
|Terracing at Cathkin Park, once home to Third Lanark FC|
22km or 13.5 miles, another wee route to vary my training for the Great Scottish Run in October.
|Caledonia Road Church, by Alexander "Greek" Thomson|