Thousands of men celebrated Father’s Day on Sunday (19 June) by taking to the streets of Glasgow for the 11th Men’s 10K. Runners were met with mild, overcast conditions as they traversed the new route, going from the Riverside Museum to George Square via some of the city’s most iconic landmarks such as the Hydro, Science Centre and the SECC.
It was a sibling-themed 1-2 as Callum Hawkins took first place in 29:54 with older brother Derek just five seconds behind him (29:59). Neil McCallum was the midpoint runner in 51:37.
Event director Neil Kilgour commented: “The Men’s 10K plays such an important role in Scotland, inspiring thousands of men of all ages and abilities to get that little bit fitter. It was an incredible atmosphere generated by runners and supporters.”
One of those runners helping to generate the incredible atmosphere was John Roach. John ran in honour of his son Calum, who was recently diagnosed with autism. John uses running as a coping mechanism and a way to vent his frustration of being unable to help his son.
Relatively new to the sport, John’s first outing was a self-professed disaster; he vomited after one mile. Since then John has tackled several races including half marathons and one full marathon, raising funds and awareness of autism. He now says that running is 'part of my life' and he has plenty of races planned this year. John was understandably delighted after finishing the Glasgow Men’s 10K.
For those who want to do it all again or who missed out on Glasgow, there is still another chance to join the fun when the Men’s 10K returns to Edinburgh after a successful debut in the Scottish capital last year.
Edinburgh will host the event on Sunday 6 November just ahead of International Men’s Day, with a route that begins on the Royal Mile and finishes at Murrayfield Stadium. To find out more visit the event website, and to see the full results from Glasgow, visit our race listings page.