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The Great Scottish Run has become the first major race in Scotland to create a third category for gender neutral competitors.
Organisers for Scotland’s largest running event have added a “non-binary” option to the ‘male’ and ‘female’ entry forms in an effort to make the event more inclusive.
Officials had faced criticism last year for not opening up the race in Glasgow, which attracted around 30,000 runners, to non-binary competitors.
The guidance, produced with help from Scottish Trans Alliance, suggests that runners should have the options of using gender neutral title ‘Mx’ and not giving a title on entry forms.
However, there will not be separate prizes in the non-binary category as the event only gives out awards to ‘elite athletes’ in the male and female section.
A spokesperson for the Great Run said: “Great Run events have always welcomed anyone who wants to take part, without prejudice, and we’re happy to be able to provide this entry option for our runners. Prizes at this event, awarded by Great Run, are limited to elite athletes only.”
The change follows guidance from Scottish Athletics, the sport’s governing body, which has agreed to license races where participants do not want to identify as either gender.
The Telegraph has approached Scottish Athletics for comment.
Its guidance states: “We fully support and encourage any race organiser who wish to include a third gender category. You can award prizes in this additional category if you wish, but those competing in this category only receive a prize in this category.”
Numerous smaller events, such as the Devil of the Highlands and The Highlands Fling, have included non-binary categories since 2017.
But The Great Scottish Run, which will be screened live on BBC at the end of next month, is understood to be the first major Scottish event to do so.