22 Aug

Kilbarchan AC's Euan Gillham is Paisley 10K Hero

runner at Paisley 10K

Paisley lived up to its reputation for staging a top summer 10k as 3,000 took part in the 2018 races. The feature 10K was a classy affair with Kilbarchan AC star Euan Gillham thriving on the fast course to record an impressive 30:46.

Shettleston Harriers took second and third places in the men’s race with Lachlan Oates (31:14) and Dan Bradford (31:21) both clocking fast times.

Fionnuala Ross dominated in the women's race. Shettleston's internationalist raced around the course in 34:09 ahead of Gemma Rankin (36:03) and Jo Williams (37:15).

All of the 2,000 who enjoyed a flat 10K course around the streets of Paisley were thankful for more favourable racing conditions after the long hot summer of 2018 and many posted PBs. Most post-run comment was favourable although a number of runners complained about crowding on sections of the course particularly in the early stages and some called for a 'wave' start at future races.

Jamie McIvor was one of hundreds of charity runners. The BBC reporter cut a dash in his SAMH vest and bright pink wig and day-glo socks. Jamie, the other colourful charity runners and the rest of the big field had great support from the Paisley public around the course.

Local club Kilbarchan AC also figured prominently in the 3K Fun Run with Lewis Barclay leading the field home in 09:43.

Paisley civic leaders were delighted with the event's impact. Chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, Joyce McKellar said: “The Paisley 10K and Fun Run has grown incredibly over the years and the big race attracts a high calibre of athlete.

“It’s a fantastic sight to see so many people enjoying the Fun Run with young children and their families taking part. It’s also a great way for sports clubs to raise vital funds and lots of youth football teams take part with the youngsters kitted out in their football strips.”