Just a few days remain to enter the Scottish 10 Mile Championships, to be held as part of the Tom Scott Memorial Road Races on Sunday, 31 March.
Entries to the Strathclyde Park event, which also encompasses the West District 10 Mile Championships, close on Wednesday, 27 March.
Although there have been a few changes to the race routes over the years, 2019 marks the 57th edition of the event. The first race was held in 1962, to keep alive the memory of Tom Scott, a member of Motherwell YMCA Harriers. Scott was killed in a car accident the year before while travelling to take part in the Doncaster to Sheffield Marathon. He was just 29 years old.
Since the event’s inception, the Tom Scott races have become a veritable ‘who’s who’ of Scottish middle and long distance running, with Olympic, European and Commonwealth level athletes all taking part in, and winning, the main event.
Organisers say that the ‘extremely fast and flat’ route ‘is renowned as one of the fastest 10 milers in Scotland’, and is perfect for personal bests. The fact that the 10 Mile race currently decides the winners of not one but two championships also ensures a top quality, national field.
Last year, the first three male finishers of the 10 Mile race all came in under 50 minutes, with Luke Traynor (Giffnock North) setting a new course record of 47.59.
Sarah Inglis (Lothian Running Club) claimed the Granville Trophy for First Lady, also setting a new ladies' course record of 55.34 in the process.
In addition to the 10 Mile race, the event also features the Round the Loch 6K, an event open to runners of all abilities aged 13 or over. Both races will start together at 10am, splitting just past the three-mile mark.
Entries should be made online or by post. No entries will be taken on the day for either event.
Image: The 2017 10 Mile race (Tom Scott Memorial Road Races)