Light rain did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of a big Father's Day field for the 2015 Men's 10K in Glasgow today (Sunday 21 June). Podium regular Robert Gilroy (Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers) raced round to break the tape on 31:50 ahead of Colin Thomas (33:48) and Iain Reid (34:07).
The 10th running of the top Glasgow summer event was started by ace fundraiser, health promotion evangelist and local hero Maurice Donohue, Get Active Programme Manager for the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH). Mo pressed the starter horn at 10am and then joined his running group to complete a route which started at the Riverside Transport Museum proceeded along the River Clyde and over the Kingston Bridge before the final City Centre stages and the finish at Glasgow Green.
Matthew Bamforth was the midpoint runner on 51:45 and popular fundraiser Tommy Armstrong closed the field on 1:36:30.
Event director Neil Kilgour said: “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. This year, new life was breathed into the event with a new route which saw an incredible atmosphere generated by runners and supporters, bringing back the spirit of last year’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games.”
Winner Robert Gilroy, who improved on his third place last year, said: "Chuffed to win this year. It’s a good course, I think it’s better than the old one! Going through Glasgow City Centre was amazing."
Behind the lead runners, there were countless stories from ordinary men doing extraordinary things. Vinny Ferguson of Lennoxtown, Glasgow was completing his 12th race in 12 months, matching a challenge his sister Lisa bravely took on in response to being diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition.
The men-only format so successfully established in Glasgow is now moving to Edinburgh and a first Men's 10K will be held there on Sunday 1 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 about the Edinburgh race visit the event website and go to runABC Scotland Race Listing for the full results from today's Glasgow race.