Numbers were doubled at the annual Paisley 10k as almost 1200 runners made their way through the historic town's streets, cycle path and even took in St Mirren's new football stadium. The race was led all the way by the three Eritrean refugees who run for Shettleston Harriers and Scottish Commonwealth Games athlete Hayley Haining who runs for the local Kilbarchan club.
Victory went to 19 year old Tsegal Tewelde in 29:47, with the recently crowned Scottish 10,000 metres Champion Tsegezab Woldemichael finishing in second place in 29:49 and the third of the Shettleston Harriers trio Amanuel Hagos ensuring a clean sweep for the Glasgow club by earning third spot with a time of 30:26.
Tsegezab Woldemichael told SCOTTISH RUNNING GUIDE "I enjoyed the race it was good. It's the first time I've ran in Paisley and the atmosphere at the finish was great."
The Women's Race was dominated by Scotland's top female marathon runner Hayely Haining (FV) who continued on from her recent successes, which included winning the Great North Run 10k in Sunderland, the Women's 10k in Glasgow and the Scottish Gas 10k in Edinburgh, by placing first woman in the Paisley 10k in a time of 34:08. North of Scotland's Cross Country Women's Champion Melissa White (FSV) of Inverness Harriers earned second spot with 36:02 and Central AC's Alison Docherty (FS) maintained her recent good form, which saw her finishing second at the Scottish Gas 10k, by placing third in 36:28.
Speaking to SCOTTISH RUNNING GUIDE Hayely Haining said "I felt as if I was running well, I was nice and relaxed and the breeze helped to cool me down. It's my last race before the Berlin Marathon and it's just a question of keeping myself fit, healthy and injury free until then."
75 year old Maggie Moore, who finished in 605th place with a respectable time of 56:26, said "I decided to run a couple of weeks ago when my daughters encouraged me to take part in my local race".