Traffic cop Angus Murphy is challenging runners across Sctotland to try and catch him out for a change as he prepares for the 7th staging of the Men's Health Forum Scotland (MHFS) 10k. The unique event, which is the only 10k in the country specifically for male runners, is the focus of National Men's Health Week and is organised for Sunday, June 17.
After receiving a health check with Strathclyde Police two years ago and being told he was overweight, Gus decided to take up running. The news came as little surprise, with the traffic cop admitting he spent much of his time sitting in a police car and chasing after the Ayrshire public.
Not long after taking up running, Gus received some more bad news when he found out his uncle, with whom he had a very close relationship, had died from cancer after only 6 weeks when he had previously been told he would have 6 months to live.
As a result, Gus now raises money for the charities that took care of his uncle and has also managed to recruit colleagues from the Ayrshire Police Force to join him in running the 10k: "I would urge other men across Scotland to take part in this year's MHFS 10k for Men and join me in raising awareness of men's health issues."
Gus, who will be joined by his son this year to commemorate the fact the event falls on Father's Day, commented: "The first time I ran I wasn't looking forward to the prospect but now I wouldn't miss it for the world. The atmosphere at the start line and from spectators along the route is electric."
If you want to take part in the MHFS 10k, visit the event website.