Running the Glasgow Clydeside Bridges

By now my blog is easily 1/3 ranting opinion, 1/3 boasts about  Glasgow being cool and 1/3 food, with only sheer minimal 'actually running' coverage. Although this is the second category, I DID run it, so it does count... I hope?

Anyway.

The bridges criss-crossing the Glasgow Clyde are my favourite running route in the city. They have it all- wide open sky, architecture, and casual hill training sneaking in under the radar. Early this morning I took a run tour of them and brought along my phone. Glad I did, as it was a BEAUTIFUL morning and really showed them off.

Well, first I sat on my sofa making variations on the noise 'URGH' for 25 minutes, but then I gaily bounded out the door. Honest.

See the spiral ends, and the GSC in the backdrop.

First up is the less-than-glam motorway bridge (untitled) coming off from the end of Kelvinway, and therefore allowing you to loop out of the park and down onto the river with minimal roads in the way. Whilst itself not a beauty, it has a nice view over to the Glasgow Science Centre (GSC) and its tower, and also to the SECC, Clyde Auditorium and Hydro looking out along the motorway.

Getting brighter over the shells of the Clyde Auditorium from the motorway bridge. The flat dome is the Hydro.
Bridges pile up, GSC and BBC on right.
Next, you're on the Clydeside and you can see the bridges piled up, stretching into the distance. The first of which is Millennium. Now, whilst Millennium may be rather ugly, its a fun bridge to run on because it raises to a point. This means you can use it for short up and downhill reps. I did 3 to get me over to the other side of the river, where I could see the IMAX theatre, which is unseen from the other side because its tucked behind the Science Centre. It looks like a cute wee slug to me. 

Science centre from the other side, loving the reflection
The IMAX 

Over here you get a really nice view of the Science Centre again. You also pass directly by the BBC building, with its cool mirrored windows. It also features a whole selection of BBC props at eye level, which change occasionally.

THE BBC.

Couldn't help myself. I love a mirrored surface. You can also see the gathered wires of Bells Bridge.

Bells Bridge

Next over Bells bridge, which again is a slope, but a much lesser and curved one. This bridge always reminds me of a boat, or maybe a lady with a frilly skirt on. From her, you have a great view of the Clyde Auditorium and Hydro again, and of the Finneston Crane. I went over this bridge twice at a sprint, to remain on the same side of the river. The auditorium also gets called The Armadillo, but I think it looks a lot more like a Croissant. The crane is now unused, but is a symbol of the city's engineering history.

Finneston Crane


Just before Clyde Arc I found this awesome old building, unsure exactly what it was but it seems to currently be functioning as a show room for engineers. Very nice beside all the glass modernism.

Clyde Arc in the rare morning sun

She's looking very festive after the Commonwealth Games

Lastly, we have the Clyde Arc, and shes a beauty. Its an unusual bridge, in that it spans the river at an angle, so is longer than the river is wide, and the top line goes corner to corner, crossing the bridge itself. This is the only one of this bridge set with cars on it, which at that time in the morning unfortunately means lots of groups of men in vans. Not quite as fun, but the van inhabitants of Glasgow have shaped up a bit in the last few years, so whilst there were a few uncomfortable stares, there was only one hoot. The Clyde Arc is harder to sprint over, as firstly its longer than the others and secondly one direction is much more sloped. Thirdly, there's a lot more people on it headed to work. 

Looks like it used to be a factory.
Lastly, we have this amazing old building I passed on my way home. Its right beside a MacDonalds- cool it commercialism! Jeez! You're ruining all the good old stuff. Some things look great the way they were.

I should point out that once I'm fitter, there will be more bridges to see, as the Glasgow bridges go on for quite some length of the river, and there are even maps of them. You can also get PDFs of information if you're interested in their history.

21 of them! And I only did the three at the top left!

Its just a really beautiful run- calm and peaceful but with lots of nods to the river industrialisation of Glasgow and its ship building and trade history. If you keep running bridges, you can run into town, if you keep, keep running bridges you can run right out the other side in Dalmarnock.

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6 Comments:

  1. Looks like a beautiful and peaceful place to run! And yes, that building definitely looks like a croissant.

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    1. Thanks Lily! I know right? Don't lie, architect, you were hungry when you designed that.

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  2. Love this post!! Great pics!

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    1. Thanks so much :) I thought it was beautiful.

      My SO was a lot more sarcastic: 'Did you actually DO any running? Or just take photos?'. I'll have you know I averaged 9.11 min miles sireee!

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  3. Wow! Your pictures are beautiful. How inspiring, I'll have to visit and do this route.

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    1. Thanks for your comment Stephanie! Yeah its lovely, come visit and I shall take you on a Glasgow tour!

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