Competitors hoping to take part in Hamilton’s first major sporting event in the town centre will have to sprint. Entries to the HamilTEN 10K road race will close at midnight this Sunday (16 September).
The fast and flat race, organised by the Hamilton BID and supported by the Hamilton Advertiser, local businesses, Police Scotland, South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture and South Lanarkshire Council, will follow a route that takes in some of the town’s best-known landmarks.
From their start in Castle Street, runners will pass the Low Parks Museum, enter the Palace Grounds and run past the Davie Cooper Memorial. From there they’ll head through the tunnel towards Strathclyde Park and head north along the water before turning back to the start.
So far, over 600 runners have signed up to take part in the race on Saturday, 22 September, including the town’s police inspector.
Inspector Scott McCarren told the Hamilton Advertiser: “This is a great event for Hamilton, and I would encourage anyone thinking of doing this to sign up.”
Gareth Walker, manager of Hamilton BID, added: “This is the first time that we’ve organised a race that starts and finishes in Hamilton Town Centre. I’m sure that we’re going to have great day and I call on everybody to get involved.
“Whether you’re a keen club runner or a total novice, you’re all welcome to join us for the HamilTEN 10K.”
The race will begin at 10am, with music and family fun to entertain spectators until their runners return.
Prizes in the chip-timed event, suitable for all levels of experience, will be awarded in overall, senior and veteran (over 40 and over 50) categories for male and female.
Entries (£10) are available through Entry Central until this Sunday night, with no entries taken on the day.