A&DS stages first ever LegASee Run

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On Saturday 2 August A&DS, supported by the Veggie Runners, organised its first ever Fun Run to allow participants to take in some key architecture, urban design and regeneration areas in Glasgow in a more active manner.

The Leg-A-See Run was a key event as part of the GREEN2014 programme which looks at the environmental legacy of the XX Commonwealth Games. An intrepid group of 30 runners turned up on a cold and drizzly Saturday morning for an initial briefing and warm up in the GREEN2014 exhibition space at The Lighthouse. The group included a range of running abilities, ages and were drawn from a variety of professional backgrounds.

The route, through the very busy city centre out towards the East End, took in a number of key landmarks and legacy and regeneration projects. As this run took place during the Commonwealth Games there were some potential stops that were inaccessible, but the route still took in a number of key Games sites (including Glasgow Green and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome) and a range of legacy projects.

The newly opened Baltic Street Adventure Playground, near the Athletes’ Village, proved to be a very inspirational stop for the runners. Robert – a locally based play leader – spoke with passion about the impact of this innovative play space designed by and for local children to allow them to play in a less structured space where they take responsibility for the play space.

The run – which was expertly animated by Jayne and Bibi from the Veggie Runners – was also an opportunity for the participants to share their stories of Glasgow or personal memories of the spaces along the way.

While the skies were grey the warmth of the camaraderie and the friendly chat made the event a great way to spend a dreich morning in Glasgow! Finishing at Bridgeton Cross the whole group enjoyed hot drinks and soup at the cafe in the Olympia Building and continued to swap stories about running , about Glasgow and everyone said they would definitely do it again!

Here are some comments from the participants:

The guy at the community gardens (play co-ordinator?) was absolutely fantastic – was worth it just to hear from him. Throughly enjoyed it despite the weather – would been keen for another one.

Fantastic event. Very well organised. Highly informative. Excellent mix of people. And best goodie bag ever. Could imagine there is demand for this type of event nationwide and backed by social media it could be highly effective at opening up architecture / design to a non-professional but interested audience.

Very informative & well organized. Enjoyed the whole thing. Well done all involved. Thanks.

Great event and 11 year old daughter really enjoyed it too.

Would you be interested in taking part in any future fun runs themed around architecture and design? Let us know by emailing events@ads.org.uk

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