17 Aug

Get Pacey In Paisley

There is still time to sign up for this year’s Paisley 10K, which returns on Sunday (21 August). The race is aimed at both serious and first-time runners and will feature a Fun Run for families, friends and youngsters.

The flat and fast course will take runners to the west of the town after a loop around Paisley’s historic town centre. The race starts and finished adjacent to Paisley Cross with over 3k of the route on the Paisley Canal to Kilmalcolm cycle track.

Three previous winners who won’t be at the race are brothers Callum and Derek Hawkins, and Tsegai Tewelde. The trio will instead be competing in the Olympics in Rio.

Callum said: “It’s been a long, hard road getting to compete in the Olympic Games and it’s even longer from Paisley Cross to the Copacabana, in Rio! I’ve always enjoyed competing in the Paisley 10K and it’s been an important part of my training schedule over the years.”

Derek added: “The Paisley 10K is a good race to be involved with and I’d encourage people to take part. I’m not saying that if you do the Paisley 10K you’ll get to the Olympics, but you never know if some young runner taking part in this year’s Paisley 10K will end up competing in the Olympics in years to come.”

One man who will be taking part in this weekend’s race is Richard Cooper. Richard pledged to run 366 miles in memory of Moira Jones, who was murdered in Queen’s Park. Richard is set to hit his target at the Paisley 10K and has thus decided to up it to 600 miles.

Richard said: "I realised I was about to run my 65th race already this year and was only 20 miles away from my target. Last year I ran 65 races in the full year. So I thought about what else I could do and decided to reset the target to 600 miles, which is not going to be easy at all."

For more information and to enter, go here.