Thousands of men created a positive impact of their health and wellbeing by taking to the streets of Glasgow for the 10th anniversary edition of the Men’s 10K on Father’s’ Day. The event again acted as a perfect catalyst for addressing the issues of men’s health and wellbeing. The participants have also raised over £64,000 for a variety of good causes.
The 10K race was officially started by Maurice Donohue, Get Active Programme Manager for the Scottish Association for Mental Health, in recognition of his outstanding work with SAMH. He pressed the starter horn at 10am and then joined his running group to complete the route with his friends. A slight drizzle of rain did not put off thousands of supporters who lined the route which set off from the Riverside Transport Museum along the River Clyde, over the Kingston bridge, through the City Centre to the finish at Glasgow Green.
Event Director Neil Kilgour said: “The Men’s 10K plays such an important role in Scotland, inspiring thousands of men of all ages and abilities to get that little bit fitter. This year, new life was breathed into the event with a new route taking in all of Glasgow’s iconic sights such as the Kingston Bridge, George Square and the Hydro.
“It was an incredible atmosphere generated by runners and supporters, bringing back the spirit of last year’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games.”
While every man that made it to the start line achieved a personal win just by getting there, the race was won by Robert Gilroy from Hamilton in a time of 31 minutes and 50 seconds, second was Colin Thomas from Mount Florida in 33 minutes and 48 seconds with Iain Reid from Giffnock completing the top three in 34 minutes and 7 seconds. Winner Robert Gilroy, who runs for Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers, said:
“I finished third last year so was chuffed to win this year, I’ve done it three times now. It’s a great atmosphere at the finish line, it’s a good course – I think it’s better than the old one! Going through Glasgow City Centre was amazing”.
Behind the lead runners, there were countless stories from ordinary men doing extraordinary things. Paul O’Donnell of Yorkhill was taking part in his seventh Men’s 10K event. So far he has raised over £1000 for Yorkhill Hospital and The Beatson Centre.
Vinny Ferguson of Lennoxtown, Glasgow was completing his 12th race in 12 months. He was matching a challenge his sister Lisa bravely took on in response to being diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition.
William Robertson of Glasgow, who used to be 21 stone in weight and was diagnosed with schizoaffectionate disorder, believes that running and in particular, the Men’s 10K event, has changed his life for the better. He is now 9 stone lighter and a vegan ultra runner. William said:
“Today’s Men’s 10K was more than a run, it was a celebration of life for me. It was an emotional run which reminded me of taking back my own health a couple of years ago and being the best me that I could be for my family.”
Race Director Kilgour added: “Congratulations to everyone who took part – you all fully deserved your commemorative medal and goody bag. I am really proud of the fact that these men have acted and made positive change in their lives. They pulled the trainers on and made a difference not only in their lives but also family and friends. They should walk tall once they’ve crossed that finish line.”
For those who want to do it all again or who missed out on Glasgow, there is still another chance to join the fun when Edinburgh hosts a Men’s 10k for the first time ever later this year in another unique city centre event.”
Edinburgh will host the event on Sunday 1 November just ahead of International Men’s Day with a route that begins on the Royal Mile and finishes at Murrayfield Stadium. To find out more visit http://www.mens10k.com/edinburgh and to see the full results from Glasgow, visit http://www.mens10k.com/glasgow