10 years ago 684 runners participated in the Polaroid Dumbarton 10k but what has changed since then? We've witnessed a significant growth in running club membership over the last decade, greater coverage of running events in the media and the internet. Running shoes and clothing has been revolutionised and specialist shops now cater for the sport. There's also been a number of targeted initiatives including the establishment of women's jogging networks and women only races, including the popular Women's 10k Race. Whilst the Dumbarton race has slightly increased in popularity with a 4.4% increase in runners over the last ten years, the number of women taking part has actually decreased, from 28% of the field in 1999 to 24% in 2009. Whilst the number of youngsters being attracted to the race has remained constant. In 1999, 39% of the field were Juniors or Seniors and 61% Vets (females 35+ and males 40+) this years figures reveal that 40% of the total field were Juniors or Seniors and 60% Vets. There's nothing special or unusual about the Dumbarton 10k, but it does look as if we've all got a job of work to do if we are to ensure that road racing becomes more reflective of the society in which we live.