Cumbernauld 10K was named Scotland's 10K of the Year at the recent national Running Awards after finishing ahead of 20 other top Scottish events. And then went on to figure prominently in the overall UK category.
The race was created in 2007 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Cumbernauld becoming a new town and the inaugural event attracted a modest 387 runners. The men's 10k was won by David Simpson in a time of 32:24 and the women's race by Shawna Eadie (42:50).
Now in its twelfth year the Lanarkshire event has become a firm favourite on the Scottish racing calendar.
Douglas Holmes, race organiser with North Lanarkshire Leisure, said: “In 2017 the number of entrants passed the 1,000 for the first time, and its popularity led to it making the long list at the National Running Awards for the 10k of the Year in Scotland.
“After being named Scotland’s 10k of the year we were then shortlisted among the final 12 regional winners across the UK for the national 10k of the year title. The event was named as the bronze prize winner at a ceremony, which took place in the O2 arena in London on 19 April.”
After the 2016 race runABC Scotland reported: "An interesting course - nice wide avenues in the early stages, some downhill stretches and lochside views - offset a tougher second half."
And continued: "Highlights of the event were a brilliant stadium start/finish at Broadwood, the home of Clyde FC, an inspirational pipe band send-off, efficient and encouraging marshalling throughout and a decent goody bag with medal, water, orange, banana and Mars Bar."
Five time race winner Robert Gilroy is an admirer: “The Cumbernauld 10K is an outstanding event and has really grown over the years to become a highlight of the athletics season. It offers something for all levels, from top-flight serious runners to people taking part in their first event.”
Recent developments include the introduction of children’s events which started as a 1k for the P5 to P7 year groups but has now been extended to include younger children in a 400m event. There’s also a toddler dash and a 3k event for high school children (S1-S4).
Over the years the event has helped local charity Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland to raise over £10,000. And in 2014, the Victory mile walk was introduced to encourage families who are affected by Spina Bifida or Hydrocephalus to take part.
The record times are held by Sandra Branney (36.54mins) and Robert Gilroy (31.25)
This year’s event will take place on Sunday 16 September - details at the event website.
Image shows Julie Beveridge (right) and Robert Gilroy