Organisers’ concerns the 37th annual HSBC Round the Bays would be hit by the economic downturn were unfounded.
About 47,000 registered runners took part, and nearly 70,000 overall.
Though down slightly on last year, it was still a massive crowd.
At the front of the crowd was Ray Glasgow, the 95-year-old legally blind great-grandfather who suffered a broken hip after a fall earlier this year, but who turned out in his wheelchair anyway.
“I’ve been smashed up a bit but it couldn’t keep me down.
“I just like being out there with the people,” he says.
It was his 26th event since 1972, only missing when he’s been overseas.
HSBC chief executive David Griffiths was delighted that as well as sponsoring the event, the bank had mustered a team of 500 itself, including staff, key customers and 60 Gifted Kids programme youngsters, who will benefit from the event.
“I can’t think when I have seen a crowd like it,” he said.
“HSBC has been involved for a few years now and this really is an event that unites the people of the cities.”