One dad had an amazing Father's Day in Glasgow at yesterday Men's 10K. Richard Cooper was pleased with his own run coming home in 37:11 for 22nd place. However pride in his own performance turned to delight when he spoke to son Kieran after the race.
Kieran was happy to have claimed a PB of 33:34 and a comfortable overall victory in the race. The teenager produced an impressive performance to take first place ahead of David Murray (34:23) and Iain Macdonald (34:50).
Richard and Kieran were among 2,500 men who took to the streets of Glasgow as big crowds cheered the runners along the riverside route and particularly in the city centre on a cloudy and relatively cool morning.
The field made a colourful sight with hundreds in charity vests. Big contingents supported official charity Cancer Research UK, SAMH, Macmillan Cancer Support, Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity and many others.
SAMH also benefited from the Men’s 10K pacers team who, as big fans of Glasgow band Frightened Rabbit, wanted to remember lead singer Scott Hutchison who tragically took his own life last month. On Frightened Rabbit’s request, they made their donations to SAMH.
Together, runners are estimated to raise over £100,000 as a result.
Following last week's Great Women's Run where high temperatures meant testing conditions, yesterday's race was a more benign affair. There were lots of pre-race nerves and excitement as runners lined-up at the Riverside Museum before heading east along the River Clyde. After passing under the Hielanman's Umbrella at 4k, runners enjoyed rousing support on Buchanan Street and George Square before making a river crossing at the start of the second half of the race.
At 7k runner's re-crossed the Clyde and turned west along the riverside and carried on through Glasgow Green. The final punishing stretches were through the Merchant City and a welcome finish back at George Square.
Post-race runners were positive about the event organisation, but unlike the Great Women's 10K where participants were calling for more drinks stations on a hot day, concerns were expressed about 'unnecessary' plastic in the goody bag and discarded bottles after the half-way hydration point.
Event director Sandra Scott told runABC Scotland: “We’re delighted that the Men’s 10K continues to inspire the men of Scotland and beyond to make a real, tangible and positive change to their lives. The atmosphere in Glasgow is always special, and we hope the runners enjoyed the incredible city-centre route and their whole Men’s 10K experience.
For those who want to do it all over again or who missed out on Glasgow, there is another chance to join the fun when the Men’s 10K returns to Edinburgh later this year on Sunday 4 November with a route that begins on the Royal Mile in the heart of Old Town and finishes at BT Murrayfield Stadium.
Find out more at the event website and check out results at the runABC Scotland race listing.