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Cooler day to help marathon runners

Concerns that Glasgow’s summer sunshine could spell misery for today’s Commonwealth Games marathon runners look set to be unfounded with cloud, rain and even the odd thunderstorm forecast.

The city basked in glorious sunshine during the opening ceremony and first days of competition, but conditions yesterday returned to what Glaswegians would recognise as their trademark summer weather.

While the city’s Sunday sun seekers will lament the dreich conditions, Team Australia chef de mission Steve Moneghetti said the fresher forecast will be a welcome relief for runners.

“Some of the marathon runners may have been getting a bit concerned about it almost being too hot for marathon running so the cooler weather will be fantastic,” he said.

MeteoGroup predicts an unsettled day with cloudy skies, showery rain turning heavy at times and the risk of the odd thunderstorm. There will be a fresh feel compared to recent days, with a maximum temperature of 18C (64.4F).

The Glasgow 2014 Marathon will start and finish in Glasgow Green covering a route that will take in iconic Glasgow landmarks and give spectators a superb chance of seeing the race.

The route will see elite runners from around the Commonwealth compete against each other against a backdrop that includes the Merchant City, George Square, Buchanan Street and the Clyde Arc as well as two further well-loved green places: Bellahouston Park and Pollok Park.

Athletes undertaking the 26 miles and 385 yards route will also cross the River Clyde four times as they push towards the finish line.

Travel conditions are expected to be different to normal across the city and spectators are advised to plan their travel in advance.

The Sunday games schedule also sees a return to action for shooters David Luckman and Parag Patel, who triumphed in yesterday’s torrential rain at Barry Buddon in the Queen’s Prize Pairs for England’s first shooting gold of the Games.

The duo will be back on the range this morning as the individual event begins, as will Scots Ian Shaw and Angus McLeod who took bronze yesterday.

Meanwhile, squash world number two Nick Matthew is wary of the threat posed to his gold-medal mission by England team-mate Peter Barker in today’s semi-final clash.

Defending champion Matthew is two victories away from a second Commonwealth Games gold medal, and he has been the title favourite since day one.

But he accepts that eighth-ranked Barker, who beat Matthew in last year’s Canary Wharf Classic, could scupper his chances.

Matthew fended off Guernsey’s Chris Simpson 11-7 11-8 11-9, while Barker saw off Australian Cameron Pilley 11-8 11-4 11-5, and today’s semi-final could be tighter than each of those matches.

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