It was a brilliant Fathers Day for the 3,900 men who entered yesterday's Mens Health Forum Scotland 10K and particularly for Irvine AC's David Millar who raced around the course that included both Bellahouston and Pollok Parks in 31:25. This was David's third win in the event, he was successful in 2008 and 2009, and his time was a personal best for the route.
Robert Gilroy (Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers) was second in 32:43 and Bellahouston Harrier Thomas McDonald (33:36) was third. A clutch of Bellahouston Roadrunners figured prominently in the race, filling five of the first 11 places.
David Millar said "I'm delighted to win the MHFS 10k for Men 2011. It's an absolutely fantastic event which just gets better and better every year. There's a great atmosphere in the park with all the runners - some of them taking part as a one-off, many taking part in their first ever running event and others seasoned club runners.
"The event organisation of the Men's 10k is superb and the route through the parks is really enjoyable for all levels of runner. I particularly like that the Men's 10k starts and finishes inside the park at Bellahouston, making for a really great atmosphere for everyone. I'll be back next year!"
Running and sports injury specialists Achilles Heel has sponsored the event since it started in 2006 and will present the winning trio with their Men's 10k prizes later this week.
Katie Alexander from Achilles Heel said: "We're extremely proud to support the MHFS 10k for Men. It is a truly unique event and has such a broad appeal to runners at all levels from complete novices to seasoned runners like David. It just gets better and better every year."
Entrants came from as far afield as Elgin and Dumfries, and the Mens Health Forum Scotland 10K is now becoming an early summer focal point for runners of all abilities. Tim Street, chair of Men's Health Forum Scotland said: "It was great to see thousands of men let their feet do the talking in Bellahouston Park this morning. Guys of all ages and fitness levels have trained for weeks and months for today and we applaud them for their commitment to improving their own health and taking part in the Men's 10k.
"As wave after wave of guys ran or walked across the finish line there was a real sense of a collective achievement that flies in the face of the appalling health image of Scottish men. These men are not out of the ordinary, they are fathers, brothers, sons and friends from communities across Scotland. They prove that guys will try and do something healthy when they are given the opportunity and support to do so."
For more information on the Men's 10k visit the event website.