Runners paint the town purple for women’s day

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International Women’s Day raced to the top of the agenda when dozens of people took part in a 5K Purple Fun Run in Kirkintilloch recently.

Runners left from the start line at Forth and Clyde Canal, opposite Barleybank, at 10 am and the winner crossed the finish line just 25 minutes later.

The race was organised by East Dunbartonshire Council and Empowered - East Dunbartonshire’s Violence against Women Partnership - who hoped to highlight the cause of International Women’s Day.

Chair of Empowered, Madeleine Sidgwick, said: “It was great to see so many enthusiastic participants running to raise awareness of such a worthwhile cause. International Women’s Day is a chance for everyone to celebrate how far women have come, but also to highlight the things we must do to ensure equality between men and women.”

Runners taking part were rewarded with bananas as well as souvenirs, including a purple t-shirt and water bottle.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “We were happy to support Empowered’s inaugural 5K fun run and to see so many participants, male and female, taking part. It was a great family event and I hope the fun run builds on this success for next year.”

Annually on March 8, thousands of events are held all over the world to celebrate women’s achievements.

Organisers hope to arrange the fun run again for March next year.