Bright autumn conditions welcomed the Men's 10K's arrival in Edinburgh yesterday as 1,000 runners took to the streets for the event aimed at showcasing health and wellbeing. The new 10k attracted a diverse field from top club runners to first timers working hard to improve their fitness; all enjoyed a stunning city centre route which took them past many of Edinburgh’s most iconic landmarks.
For Mason Robbins, the Men’s 10k was his first organised running event since he was given less than a 1% chance of survival in September 2013 after being struck with viral encephalitis. Mason has spent much of the last two years in hospital recovering from his near fatal experience which severely damaged the frontal lobe of his brain.
He said: “It was a really good event and the weather was wonderful. Only 18 months ago I was bedridden and I could barely read, write or speak so to go from that to finishing the Men’s 10K here at the BT Murrayfield stadium is amazing. The people I ran with on course were great, we were all just there to finish. We all have our own journey and our own stories but we are all here together to finish the run.”
Despite the Men's 10K emphasis on inclusion and participation, it attracted a high calibre entry and podium regulars Andrew Douglas (Inverclyde AC) in 30:27, Murray Strain (Hunters Bog Trotters) in 31:17 and Bryan Mackie (Edinburgh AC) - 31:33 placed 1-2-3. Winner Andrew Douglas said: “The route was challenging but lovely and scenic, there were great pockets of support around the course so I couldn’t have asked for any more.”
In addition to today’s event, the Men’s 10K ‘Man Cave’ has been located on Mound Precinct over the days preceding the event, just off Princes Street in Edinburgh. The Man Cave Dinosaurs and cavemen braved the elements to distribute over 1400 man bags filled with information from the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) and Prostate Scotland.
Race director Neil Kilgour added: “We are delighted to have been able to reach out to normal guys on their lunch break or on their way home to put valuable health information in their hands - this is what the Men’s 10K is all about. A huge congratulations to everyone who took part today - you all fully deserve your finisher’s medal and t-shirt and should wear them with pride. Walk tall knowing that what you have achieved today that will shape your future for the better.”