THEY say every journey begins with a single step – if that’s the case then more than 3,200 men took a giant stride towards a healthier life on Sunday as they enjoyed the annual Men’s 10k in Glasgow.
The popular event attracted entrants and families from all over Scotland and beyond, who joined together to celebrate Father’s Day in unforgettable style.
It included Robert Burrell, a courageous Bishopbriggs man who vowed to take part despite breaking bones in his foot.
For the first time this year, Men’s Health Forum Scotland organised a 1km Rascal Run to precede the event and allow the men to warm up in the company of their young loved ones.
It proved an inspired innovation, with more than 500 youngsters helping to get their dads, uncles and guardians off to the best possible start.
For many of the people running, jogging and walking the Men’s 10k this was the first time they had taken on such a challenge - with hundreds determined to raise funds and awareness for amazing causes, such as Yorkhill Children’s Foundation - the main charity sponsor.
The inspirational event is a fun and proactive way to engage men in Scotland in healthy physical activity and to promote health and wellbeing all year round.
The Men’s 10k receives no financial backing from the Scottish Government or Glasgow Life – meaning it is a constant challenge to raise enough funds to ensure the event goes ahead.
At this stage, there is no guarantee that the Men’s 10k will take place again next year, although work has already begun to identify corporate sponsorship and possible funding sources.
Sarah McMilllan, from Men’s Health Forum Scotland, said: “The Men’s 10k has been another amazing success this year. It has been truly inspirational and a wonderful experience for everyone connected with it.
“It has once again shown that men in Scotland do care about their health - that they are prepared to take steps to improve their lifestyles and help others at the same time.
“The men who took part did so for a number of reasons – some to raise funds for wonderful causes, others in memory of loved ones they had lost, and some to see if they could achieve a long-cherished goal.
“They are all heroes and should be rightly proud of themselves. We know from the feedback we receive that this event is held in high regard - the camaraderie, spirit and sense of accomplishment is second to none.
“This event just gets better and better every year. It would be a terrible shame if that tremendous foundation was allowed to disappear. We will work hard to try to ensure the Men’s 10k returns next year and continues to be a very special event for some time to come.
“However, in order for that to happen we need the help of sponsors and funding bodies. Hopefully the success of this year’s event will once again show just how important the Men’s 10k is for the health and wellbeing of thousands of men throughout Scotland.”
For more information about donations or sponsorship visit http://www.mens10k.com/
Full results of the Men’s 10k are also available at www.mens10k.com and check out Facebook for a range of wonderful pictures from the event.
A total of 3,214 took part in the Men’s 10k, with 502 children in the Rascal Run.
1st, Robert Gilroy; 2nd, Lorcan Cronin; 3rd, Colin Thomas
Over-40s - 1st, Crispin Walsh
Under-18s - 1st, Matthew O’Brien
Clubs - 1st, Bellahouston Harriers; 2nd, Bellahouston Road Runners; 3rd, Nike Run Club
* 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.
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