The seventh staging of the Men's Health Forum 10K turned out to be one of the most memorable yet, with the event welcoming a new course champion in Wegene Tafese. For many of the 2800 participants, Father's Day celebrations were put aside until later in the afternoon as runners made their way to Bellahouston Park for the 10am start.
Running conditions were favourable with mild temperatures and the added bonus that participants were put though their paces pre-race in a comprehensive warm-up. This seems to have had the desired effect with Tafese posting the quickest time the 10k has ever witnessed, covering the course in 30:26.
Last year's winner, Irvine AC's David Millar (32:02), finished in second place. The midpoint runner was Kenny Bruce in 51:16, with the last competitor home in 1:46:56.
Since being established in 2006 as the UK's first men-only 10k, the event is the focal point of National Men's Health Week. It is estimated that of all the competitors, almost 30% are taking part in their first ever 10k.
Tim Street, chair of Men's Health Forum Scotland, feels the 2849 men who crossed the finish line should be proud of their accomplishment: "There was a real sense of a collective achievement that flies in the face of the appalling health image of Scottish men. These men are not out of the ordinary, they are fathers, brothers, sons and friends from communities across Scotland."
As an added bonus to all those who took part in the 10k, one of the principal sponsors of the event, Brooks, is offering participants a free pair of sustainable Green Silence running shoes with every full priced Brooks shoe purchase. This offer is available at Achilles Heel in Glasgow, and is only available to those who took part in the Men's 10K - please note you must take your Men's 10K confirmation email and ID for purchase.