10 Jan

MHFS 10K To Go Ahead

Last year's MHFS 10K starting line

The Men's Health Forum 10K will go ahead on 16 June this year as planned thanks to new sponsorship deals, and the fundraising efforts of runners. There were concerns about the event's future after Scottish Government funding of the race came to an end, but organisers have been able to raise enough money to keep the race going.

Sarah McMillan, event manager at Men's Health Forum Scotland, said: "I am delighted. We want to put on a really professional event and we are targeting guys who do not do physical activity or are coming back to it after a long time, as well as seasoned runners. It is an event that changes thousands of men's lives and it is so important for us to keep that going."

Yorkhill Children's Foundation has been confirmed as the official sponsor of the event with anti-stigma charity 'see me' Scotland also a sponsor. Organisers have raised £2,500 from donations to put towards covering the cost of staging the event after sending out an appeal to runners in September last year.

A Scottish Government spokesman said that the government had provided a time limited grant of £166,000 in 2010-11 and a transitional grant in 2011-12 of £60,000, to cover costs while alternative sources of funding were identified. As much of the organisation's work was locally based, it was deemed inappropriate for the Scottish Government to continue to cover core costs. Almost 4000 runners took part in last year's race in Bellahouston Park in Glasgow, on Father's Day helping to raise £450,000.

The race will again take place on Father's Day this year with registration opening on Thursday 31 January at the early bird rate of £15 until Monday 4 February. For more information, visit the event website.