27 Apr

Race Number Of The Beast

(l-r) John Allan, Old Nick, James Watter from M&Ds.

A free 6.66k training event will be held on Saturday 11 May for those participating in the MHFS 10K for Men on 16 June. And as the distance suggests, the devil's in the details. The training run will take place in Strathclyde Country Park, Motherwell at 10 am and promises to be a red-hot way to warm up for the main event at Bellahouston Park.

Old Nick himself will be participating on the day and every entrant who beats him will be entered into a draw to win a family pass for M&D's Scotland Theme Park.

Race organisers said: "The free training event is sure to be a fun and rewarding challenge, and a great way to help prepare for the main event on June 16 - Father's Day. We are encouraging all men in Scotland to come along and see if they can beat the devil! Who knows, perhaps some of the runners will be inspired to join in the fun by donning their own devilish outfits.

"It's all good practice for the Men's 10K. We hope the event will provide inspiration and encouragement to men of all shapes and sizes - and all fitness levels - to sign up for the main event."

One man who has already signed up for the 10k is Cumbernauld runner John Allan. The 43-year-old is a veteran of the Men's 10K, but lost the running bug after picking up an injury. He said: "I haven't done much running, so the 10k has given me a wee bit of focus. I thought it was the perfect way to get back into running. It's a good event. I've taken part in the Men's 10k before. It's quite a buzz when you're running. There's a bond between the runners - everyone encourages each other."

And John's message to anyone thinking about signing up, but not confident they can do it? s"You absolutely can. It's all about taking things at your own pace. Don't try to keep up with anyone else."

John, a director of Cumbernauld Fitcamp, added: "We're trying to break down barriers. It's important that people do it for themselves. Take things at your own pace and discover your health and wellness - that's what's important."

As well as the training run, there is also a free men's jogging group meeting at the Gorbals Leisure Centre every Tuesday at 5.30pm. For more information, visit the Men's 10K website.