Take on a devilish challenge ahead of Men’s 10k and you could win an M&D’s family ticket

DEVILISH CHALLENGE (right): John Allan is pictured (left) with James Watters, who is involved with marketing at M&D's.
DEVILISH CHALLENGE (right): John Allan is pictured (left) with James Watters, who is involved with marketing at M&D's.

BE a devil and warm up for one of Scotland’s biggest running events.

That’s the challenge to men in East Dunbartonshire ahead of the MHFS 10k for Men on June 16.

A free 6.66k training run is being held on May 11 and organisers at Men’s Health Forum Scotland want guys to get fired up and take on a devilish challenge.

Old Nick himself will be running in the race and every entrant who beats him to the finishing line will be entered into a draw to win a family pass for M&D’s – Scotland Theme Park – at Strathclyde Country Park, where the training run is being held.

The 6.66k run is a red-hot way to warm up for the main event on June 16, which will be held at Bellahouston Park.

A spokesperson for the Men’s 10k said: “The training run is sure to be a fun and rewarding challenge, and a great way to help prepare for the main event on June 16 – Father’s Day.

“We are encouraging all men in East Dunbartonshire to come along and see if they can beat the devil!

“Who knows, perhaps some of the runners will be inspired to join in the fun by donning their own devilish outfits.

“It’s all good practice for the Men’s 10k. We hope the event will provide inspiration and encouragement to men of all shapes and sizes – and all fitness levels – to sign up for the main event.”

One of the people who has already signed up for the MHFS 10k for Men is local runner John Allan.

John (43) is a veteran of the Men’s 10k, but lost the running bug after picking up an injury.

He said: “I haven’t done much running, so the 10k has given me a wee bit of focus. I thought it was the perfect way to get back into running.

“It’s a good event, I’ve taken part in the Men’s 10k before. It’s quite a buzz when you’re running.

“There’s a bond between the runners – everyone encourages each other.”

And John’s message to anyone thinking about signing up, but not confident they can do it?

“You absolutely can,” he insisted. “It’s all about taking things at your own pace. Don’t try to keep up with anyone else.”

John, a director of Cumbernauld Fitcamp, added: “We’re trying to break down barriers.

“It’s important that people do it for themselves. Take things at your own pace and discover your health and wellness – that’s what’s important.”

MHFS recently received funding from The Robertson Trust which has helped to pay for training events and also 50 funded places at the Men’s 10k on June 16.

Men of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels are being invited to walk, jog or run.

There is also a free MHFS-led jogging group which meets at the Gorbals Leisure Centre every Tuesday evening at 5.30pm.

A spokesperson for the popular event said: “It doesn’t matter what fitness level you are at – you can walk, jog or run in a relaxed environment, with support from people who are all facing the same challenges.”

More information about all the events can be found at www.mens10k.com

To request one of the 50 funded places, you are asked to fill out the form at www.mens10k.com/funded

Herald assistant editor Alan Muir is taking part in the 10k – and the training event.

Alan (38) said: “I’ve run a few 10ks and half-marathons in the past, but it has been a while now since I pulled on my running shoes for an event.

“I’m really looking forward to it. I am not in the fittest shape I’ve ever been, but I will give it my best shot!

“It’s not about getting a great time for me, it’s about making it round the course and enjoying the day.”

Are you planning on taking part in the 10k? Get in touch with the Herald – e-mail kirkyherald@jnscotland.co.uk

Yorkhill Children’s Foundation is the official charity partner of the MHFS 10k for Men. The event is supported by ‘see me’ Scotland – the national campaign to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental ill-health.

For more information on Cumbernauld Fitcamp visit www.cumbernauldfitcamp.com. Visit M&D’s on www.scotlandsthemepark.com

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