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West of Scotland South

Paisley Runner

The west of Scotland has long been a hotbed of running talent, with well-established clubs such as Kilbarchan AAC, Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers and Ayr Seaforth producing a string of stars over the years. But far from being the exclusive domain of elite runners, the area is home to an inclusive running scene with the likes of Troon Tortoises and Strathaven Striders providing a welcoming environment for runners of all abilities.

We spoke to Hazel MacFarlane, president of Troon Tortoises, about the club’s award-winning focus on inclusiveness and how it’s leading the way in guide running for blind people. Hazel also discussed the ‘graduation’ process from jogger to runner.

Helping many runners in this progression is jogscotland, which has a growing network of groups across the region. Nigel Pacey (jogscotland Biggar) tells us about his group.

Following the success of Strathclyde parkrun, 2013 saw the launch of an event in Eglinton Park in Ayrshire - allowing runners to take part in the free weekly 5k every Saturday.

For the more serious runner there are over 30 tracks in the Renfrewshire, Lanarkshire and Ayrshire area. And if you’re wanting a bit of competition, popular races in the area include Ayrodynamic Turkey Trot, Kilmalcolm Half Marathon/10K, Tom Scott 10 Mile Race, Paisley Vision 10K and Troon Tortoises 10K – the largest midweek race of its kind in Scotland.

So whether you’re an aspiring star of the track and field or simply enjoy going for a jog, there’s something for everyone in the running empire that is the southwest!


The best way to improve your running - join one of the west's active running clubs.


A friendly introduction to running with other people.


The sports centres and health & fitness clubs.


Where can you find local physiotherapy, sports massage & other services for runners.