17 Jun

The Daddy of 10Ks

Mengisteab Tewolde

Around 3000 competitors celebrated Father’s Day weekend (June 14/15) by taking part in the Men's 10K Festival in Bellahouston Park. The festival featured a 5K and a 3K Rascal Run on Saturday, with the 9th staging of the 10K race held on Sunday.

Shettleston Harrier, Mengisteab Tewolde, broke the 10k course record with his time of 30:07, beating the previous record by 21 seconds. Tewolde, who came to Scotland from Eritrea as a political refugee, said afterwards: "It was a really good race. The crowd were good and it was a good atmosphere. I'm very proud that I broke the record, that was my goal when I took on this run."

The Eritrean finished ahead of clubmate Desta Negasi (30:39) with last year's winner, Robert Gilroy of Cambuslang Harriers in third place (30:53).

Robert was far from despondent about coming third: "I won last year in around 32 minutes, so I am really happy with the time. I really don't feel bad about finishing third, especially when two fast athletes beat you."

As well as elite athletes, thousands of recreational runners also took part. One participant, Jason Miles Campbell, spoke of how running had helped him lose weight: "On 4 January, I started Couch-to-5k, and less than six months later, I ran the Men's 10k in 55:02. I'm still obese, but the weight's coming off, and I feel fantastic. Next steps are an 18k run on 31 August, the Great Scottish Half Marathon in October, and, hopefully, the Lochaber Marathon next April."

The 5k race was won by Thomas McDonald of Kilbarchan AC in 17:03. Comedian and Capital FM DJ Des Clarke, comedian, took part in the race, finishing in 21:59. He also entertained runners in the post 5k/pre-10k ‘Grub and a Giggle’ event.

For a full list of results, visit our race listing page.