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Men’s 10K Glasgow inspires positive change for men across Scotland

Men’s 10K Glasgow inspires positive change for men across Scotland

The Men’s 10K Glasgow continues to produce an event day like no other; each runner’s personal journey and reason for running adding to the atmosphere and vitalizing the collective identity that the event is built on.

Over 2,500 men took to the streets of Glasgow on Father’s Day, Sunday 17th June in ideal running conditions – the morning rain clearing just in time for the start of the run. Supported by local crowds along the route, they tackled the stunning city-centre 10K from the Riverside Museum to George Square, taking in many of Glasgow’s most iconic landmarks along the way.

The event also coincided with the final day of Men’s Health Week; a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of a variety of men’s health issues.

Among the finishers was Martin Kilcoyne whose 10K run for Cancer Research UK (CRUK) was an emotional one. Martin explained:

“Last year my father was diagnosed with a very aggressive cancer and had multiple tumours which had spread rapidly. He had a brain tumour which was operated on, but a successful operation and a few months of good treatment eventually stalled and the tumours started to grow back.

“While on a break from his treatment down in London, he suffered a large stroke that led to him being left unable to communicate or get out of his bed, and doctors had no option but to end his treatment. He was taken home for end of life care at the start of November and passed away around a week after getting home.

“My brother and I decided that it would be a fitting tribute to our father to run the Men’s 10K for CRUK on Father’s Day.”

You can read more and donate to Martin’s JustGiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/martin-kilcoyne.

The inspiration continued as William Shirriffs crossed the line at George Square, raising funds for the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH).

William was diagnosed with depression several years ago, and shared his journey to the start line:

“Looking back, I have no idea how I kept functioning and going to work. I managed to get the help I needed and over the course of a year and a half, I got back on track – I spent a great deal of time rebuilding, made some changes and started to going to the gym.

During the rough times, I relied heavily on techniques for managing my depression, as well as mental health services offered in Glasgow, and I’m proud that I’m back on track, now with more knowledge and awareness and even more ways to manage things if they start getting difficult.”

On his decision to fundraise for SAMH, William said:

“I believe that awareness and provision of support services for mental health is just as important as those for physical health.”

You can read more and donate to William’s JustGiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/william-shirriffs10k.

SAMH also benefited from the Men’s 10K pacers team who, as big fans of Glasgow band Frightened Rabbit, wanted to remember lead singer Scott Hutchison who tragically took his own life last month. On Frightened Rabbit’s request, they made their donations to SAMH.

Hundreds more guys took part in today’s run raising money for charity, including the official charity Cancer Research UK. Together, runners are estimated to raise over £100,000 as a result.

Event Director Sandra Scott commented:

“We’re delighted that the Men’s 10K continues to inspire the men of Scotland and beyond to make a real, tangible and positive change to their lives. The atmosphere in Glasgow is always special, and we hope the runners enjoyed the incredible city-centre route and their whole Men’s 10K experience.

“Each year, we’re inundated with amazing runner’s stories, from those taking personal steps to better health and fitness, to those raising funds for charities close to their hearts. We are humbled to be a part of these personal journeys and congratulate each and every runner who crossed that line today.”

“Our ultimate aim is for the event to play a small but significant part of an urgent need to change the face of men’s health in Scotland and the rest of the UK.”

Scott added:

“We want to say a special thank you to the people of Glasgow who have shown such incredible support for the runners across the route and also to our Event Delivery Team who give their free time, skills and enthusiasm to ensure that every single runner enjoys a welcoming, safe and enjoyable event.

We hope that you wear your finisher’s t-shirt with pride and we look forward to seeing you all again.”

For those who want to continue the journey or who missed out on Glasgow, there is still another chance to join the fun when the Men’s 10K returns to Edinburgh later this year.

Edinburgh will host the event on Sunday 4th November just ahead of International Men’s Day with a stunning route that begins on the Royal Mile in the heart of Old Town and finishes in style at BT Murrayfield Stadium.

To find out more visit https://www.mens10k.com/edinburgh/ and to see the full list of finisher’s times from Glasgow, visit https://www.mens10k.com/glasgow/.

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Ryan Watt: Why I’m running the Glasgow Men’s 10K for SAMH

Ryan Watt: Why I’m running for SAMH at the Glasgow Men’s 10k

Father’s Day was never a big deal in my family. Every year it panned out in more or less the exact same way, a trip with my sister in the car down to see our Dad at his flat in Troon. Equipped with a gift (usually a wooly jumper bought in the never-ending GAP sale) and a card. The gift and card being the only thing that distinguished this trip from any other weekly trip we would make to see him. In previous years, we would maybe venture out to the local cafe for a coffee and some food. Sadly, in more recent years, this visit was usually confined to his flat on account of his worsening health.

Last year, on Father’s Day, we again embarked on the car journey to Troon. The journey to our Dad’s flat. Sadly, on this occasion, it was to clear the flat out of all his belongings. He had passed away just a few days previously due to respiratory failure. Let me assure you, that day I would have done anything to give him the wooly jumper and card one last time.

My Dad had been suffering with COPD since around 2009 which naturally had a severe impact on his quality of life. To compound this, for as long as I can remember, he has had a running battle with his mental health, mainly chronic depression. Quite often he would have the upper hand in this battle, however, like many others who struggle with mental health there were extended periods where it got the better of him. I am no psychiatrist or doctor, but my experience with my Dad has exposed me to how mental health and physical health are intrinsically interwoven. There can be a vicious cycle between the two, a race to the bottom so to speak. In my Dad’s case, his poor physical health served to worsen his mental disposition, which lead him abuse cigarettes and cannabis, which only further worsened his mental and physical health. Like this, the cycle continued.

Throughout this sad time, my sister and I were acutely aware that any attempts to try and improve his physical health, and thus his quality of life, would be futile unless we were able to help him to a better place mentally. We tried going down the typical avenues to seek help for this, primarily through the NHS. Given the lack of public funding for mental health services, this usually involved a six month waiting list to see a psychiatrist, followed by another extended wait for a follow up appointment. In my Dad’s case this felt like putting an elastoplast on gaping wound. Looking back, I wish my sister and I had known about the incredible work of charities such as the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH), which is why I am writing this blog today.

As difficult as the last eight or nine years of my Dad’s life was, there was still a lot of laughs and happiness to be had. The relationship we had together was less that of a father and son, and more that of two lifelong friends. We would sit and listen to music, usually starting on the Beatles but progressing through the decades up to the current era. We would play guitar together. We would laugh at his inappropriate jokes. He was very easy to speak to. He spoke open and honestly about his mental health with me, even from a very young age.

Looking back, I can’t say how invaluable that has been to me. When I was in my early twenties, I had a spell of mild depression and severe anxiety, the latter of which I still manage on a day to day basis.

Thanks to my Dad not only was I equipped with the vocabulary on how to articulate what these feelings were, but I had someone with whom I could pick up the phone to and talk about it with which made me feel so much better. My sister would tell you the exact same thing. The need to share this knowledge and vocabulary with others, as well as the need for increased mental health service provision, feels greater
than ever.

That is why this Father’s Day I will be running in the Men’s 10K in Glasgow, to raise funds for the Scottish Association for Mental Health. SAMH are active in communities all across Scotland, providing mental health care and other vital services that are generally woefully underfunded by the government. I only wish I had been made aware of SAMH sooner. I cannot think of a better way to commemorate my late father and friend than to raise funds and awareness for a charity who make such a big difference to people suffering from mental health problems. Moreover, since his passing, my fiancé has becoming increasingly at pains to inform me that I have put on a few pounds (she’s going easy on me, its the best part of
two stone).

Given the aforementioned association between mental and physical health, training for this run can only do me the world of good. Though he is gone, my Dad is never far from my thoughts. Every other day I play his vintage Hofner guitar, listen to the music that he brought me up on and espouse his, often inappropriate, sense of humour (much to my fiancé’s dismay). Though I couldn’t be with him last year, he will be by my side every step of the way this Father’s Day. Cheering me on from the side, booting me up the backside when I start to tire, waiting for me as I cross the finish line.

He will be the wind on my back and the sun on my face. This, along with the massive amount of support and donations I have received, will keep me going, right to the end. I hope to do him proud, along with everyone who has supported this cause so far. To anyone else out there running to raise funds and awareness for SAMH or any other mental health charity, I leave you with the rather fitting lyrics of one of my dad’s favourite Neil Young songs.

Long may you run,
Long may you run,
Although these changes have come.
With your chrome heart shining,
In the sun,
Long may you run…

Read more and donate to Ryan’s JustGiving Page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ryan-watt1.

To fundraise for SAMH at a Men’s 10K event this year, head to https://www.mens10k.com/charity/affiliates/?charities_id=88.

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Men’s 10K Glasgow launches for 2018

Men’s 10K Glasgow launches for 2018!

Entries open today (Monday 26th June) for the 2018 Glasgow Men’s 10K. In keeping with tradition, next year’s event will take place on Father’s Day which falls on Sunday 17th June 2018.

The Glasgow Men’s 10K, along with its brotherly Edinburgh event, aims to be a catalyst for men across Scotland and even further afield to take control of their health and make a genuine, positive change. Each year, thousands of guys come together to complete the Men’s 10K, each with a different reason for running, whether that is to gain fitness, lose weight, quit smoking or raise funds for a charity close to their heart.

Regardless of time, each and every runner across the line at a Men’s 10K is held in equal esteem and fully deserves their medal, commemorative t-shirt, and race recovery pack. 

A fantastic city-centre route has become a mainstay of the Men’s 10K events and both Glasgow and Edinburgh offer just that. The Glasgow route takes in many of the city’s most iconic landmarks including the Glasgow Science Centre, the Armadillo, the SECC and Glasgow Green before a finish line to remember in George Square.

Event director Neil Kilgour said:

“The Men’s 10K plays such an important role in Scotland, inspiring thousands of men of all ages and abilities to make a genuine difference. Each and every guy that crosses that finish line is a hero in our eyes.”

Entries are open now, with discounted early bird entries available until midnight on Sunday 16th July. Head to https://www.mens10k.com/glasgow/. Charity entries are also available. To find out more about running for charity, including the event’s official charity Cancer Research UK, head to https://www.mens10k.com/charity/

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Glasgow Men’s 10K a huge hit on Father’s Day

Glasgow Men’s 10K a huge hit on Father’s Day

Thousands of guys took to the streets of Glasgow for the Men’s 10K on Sunday 18th June in warm, overcast conditions. The collective spirit of the Men’s 10K runners never fails to generate a truly unique atmosphere as guys from all different walks of life come together each year, united by the same goal of completing the 10K run.

Supporting a 2,000 strong army of men were thousands more locals who gathered in George Square and along the route, further adding to the already fantastic atmosphere. Runners were cheered on as they headed east along the River Clyde, past the Glasgow Science Centre, the Armadillo and the SECC. Around the 5K point, runners passed by the south side of George Square and onto Glasgow Green crossing the Clyde twice more via Crown Street and Kings Bridge and then heading back to George Square to enjoy their moment of glory as they crossed the finish line.

Among the finishers was Ross Clift who completed today’s run in memory of his cousin Lennon Toland who tragically lost his life when a van mounted the pavement in September last year. Lennon was just 5 years old at the time and had started at school just a few weeks prior to the horrific incident. Ross, along with Lennon’s uncle Declan and other family and friends, donned a Spiderman morphsuit for the run as a nod to Lennon’s favourite superhero. The Men’s 10K makes up part of the family’s inspirational effort of taking part in an event for every month of 2017. You can donate via their JustGiving page here.

Joining Ross out on the course was professional wrestling referee Thomas Kearins who was running for Cahonas Scotland who work to raise awareness of male cancers.Thomas had a minor scare himself back in 2014, and decided to seek medical advice after the Cahonas Scotland website helped him to identify potential signs of cancer. Fortunately Thomas was given the all-clear, but decided to continue to support this brilliant cause. He said: “Cahonas Scotland eliminate the stigma attached to male cancers, and the embarrassment associated with it. Cahonas enable men to talk freely about their personal health. I’m delighted to be able to support the great work they do for thousands of people in Scotland and beyond.” You can donate to Thomas’ JustGiving page here.

Elsewhere, Grant Hutchison added some rocker stardust to proceedings; the drummer from Glasgow-based rock band Frightened Rabbit found time to complete today’s run in the midst of the band’s global tour. Grant, who has been vlogging for the Men’s 10K in the lead up to the event, was also raising funds for Cahonas Scotland. You can donate to his JustGiving page here. You can check out Grant’s progress throughout the year, as well as fellow video blogger Stephen Morrison here.

The event’s official starter was 73 year old Lachie Stewart who won 10,000m gold at the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh. Lachie provided some extra inspiration for the Men’s 10K runners as he set them on their way, firing the gun at 10am outside the Riverside Museum.

Hundreds of guys took part in today’s run raising money for charitable causes, including the event’s official charity Cancer Research UK. Together, runners are estimated to raise over £100,000.

Event Director Neil Kilgour commented:

“It’s been another fantastic Men’s 10K here in Glasgow. The event never fails to generate a unique atmosphere, made so by the incredible runners, the local crowds lining the route and the brilliant volunteers and event crew that make it all happen – so a massive thanks to all of them.

“The event plays such an important role in Scotland, inspiring thousands of men of all ages and abilities to make a genuine difference. Whether that be improving their fitness, quitting smoking or running for a charity close to their heart, each and every guy that crosses that finish line is a hero in our eyes.
After some great feedback on last year’s new route, we stuck with more of the same this year. The 10K took runners on a whistle-stop tour of Glasgow’s city-centre, taking in the very best of this incredible city.”

Kilgour added:

“We hope our runners can now enjoy some well-earned celebrations for the rest of Father’s Day and reflect in their amazing achievements this morning.”

For those who want to do it all again or who missed out on Glasgow, there is still another chance to join the fun when the Men’s 10K returns to Edinburgh for the third time in November.

Edinburgh will host the event on Sunday 5th November just ahead of International Men’s Day with a stunning route that begins on the Royal Mile in the heart of Old Town and finishes in style at BT Murrayfield Stadium. To find out more visit https://www.mens10k.com/edinburgh/ and to see the full results from Glasgow, visit https://www.mens10k.com/glasgow/.

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Jay Cruz Semple: “Men’s 10k Glasgow – my favourite event”

“Men’s 10k Glasgow – my favourite event”

“Men’s 10k Glasgow – my favourite event”. An easy and obvious sentence to open a blog about the Men’s 10k, and one you’d probably expected. But it’s true. It is in my heart, it’s a passion to me and part of who I am as a runner. But who am I?

My name is Jay Cruz Semple. I’m a visually impaired, 37 year old athlete from Glasgow, and I suffer from a degenerative eye condition, Choroideremia, which affects the blood cells around the retina leading to a total loss of sight.

Back in 2012, the Glasgow Men’s 10k was my first ever running event. My eyesight at that time was already deteriorating and I only had tunnel vision. Two close friends had lost their father to prostate cancer in May 2012, and my poor eyesight was not going to stop me running in his memory, and raising money for a deserving charity.

I ran a further 28 races that year, running in my trademark kilt and raising money for Prostate Cancer, Macmillan and Cancer Research UK. Of all the events, the Men’s 10k remained my favourite – for the route, the piper leading runners to the start, the amazing support along the route and the family atmosphere.

Fast forward five years; I’ve completed every Glasgow Men’s 10K since my first. There was a wobble in 2013 when the event nearly didn’t go ahead. I campaigned furiously with the running community and local councillors to ensure the event continued. The Men’s 10k is the only event on the calendar aimed solely at men, and promoting men’s health issues. New organisers were brought in, the Edinburgh Men’s 10K was added in 2015 (which I will hopefully complete this year) and there was talk of a London event; I think this would be an amazing addition to the running calendar. I was the official starter for the Glasgow edition in 2016 which being a Glaswegian myself was a great honour and a fabulous experience.

I am now a father to a beautiful 4-year-old son, which adds an extra something to the Men’s 10k as it is always held on Father’s Day and Tyler-James is there to greet me at the finish line. My eye condition has deteriorated to the point where I can no longer see his cheeky wee smile, and the drawings and pictures he brings home from nursery.

I now require a running guide to participate in events but haven’t let this stop me. I aim to represent my country at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, and recently completed my first marathon in Stirling, where I met my running idols, Liz McColgan and Zola Budd. Men’s 10K Glasgow 2017 will be my 100th race, all wearing my kilt. I travel around the UK to compete in events raising awareness of my condition, and funds for the private treatments necessary to hopefully help me see my son again.

To donate visit: justgiving.com/crowdfunding/jaycruz

To follow my progress, follow me on social media: facebook.com/JayCruzSemple/

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Men’s 10K Glasgow to mark number 327 of Dunbartonshire man’s 365 10Ks challenge for Dementia Charities

Men’s 10K Glasgow to mark number 327 of Dunbartonshire man’s 365 10Ks challenge for Dementia Charities

Maurice Donohue from West Dunbartonshire will run the Glasgow Men’s 10K on Father’s Day, Sunday 18th June as part of an incredible challenge which he embarked upon last summer. Maurice pledged to run 365 10K races and 27 Half Marathons in 365 days, in a bid to raise funds and awareness for the Sporting Memories Network and Race Against Dementia which offer support to dementia sufferers and fund research into a cure for the condition, respectively. His decision to raise for these charities is part of a tribute to two Dunbartonshire-born sporting legends: Formula 1’s Jackie Stewart who has seen his wife suffer from dementia in recent years, and Jackie’s namesake Lachie, who won Commonwealth Gold in the 10,000m for Scotland at the 1970 Games in Edinburgh.

Maurice commented: “I am particularly passionate about two things; sport and helping to tackle dementia. My first love is distance running and helping people to get active. As a proud resident of West Dunbartonshire, I wanted to honour my sporting heroes Lachie and Jackie Stewart. I hope the challenge I’m taking on will help raise awareness of dementia, get people physically active and support the fight against dementia, celebrating the role that sport can play in this battle.”

Maurice, pictured above after his 289th 10K in Dumbarton this week, is firmly on track to achieve his target having also completed six half marathons to date. The Glasgow Men’s 10K will be 10K number 327, pushing Maurice ever closer to his pledge, which has also been officially passed by the Scottish Parliament with their best wishes. To add an extra sprinkling of startdust to proceedings, Maurice will also be joined on the Glasgow start line by MSP and Olympian Brian Whittle who raised the motion referenced above and is fully in support of Maurice’s #RunWithMaurice campaign.

You can find out more about Maurice’s fundraising and make a donation here.

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Men’s 10K Glasgow back for another year in 2017!

Men’s 10K Glasgow back for another year in 2017!

Thousands of men will gather on the banks of the Clyde this June to take part in the 12th annual Glasgow Men’s 10K.

Taking place on Sunday 18th June, Father’s Day, the annual event attracts in the region of 4,000 runners – 40% of which have never taken part in a 10K before.

For over a decade, the event has been a focal point for raising awareness around men’s health issues, touching the lives of over 40,000 men.

One competitor taking part this year is Chris Quinn, a 51 year old NHS worker from Hillington, who has ran in the last five races. Chris currently volunteers for the Beatson Cancer Charity and will run to raise funds for a friend’s seven year old daughter, who has a rare genetic condition called Bohring-Opitz.

Explaining his passion for the race, Chris said: “The Glasgow Men’s 10K is such a huge part of the running year for many guys in Glasgow and beyond. I have done the race five times and I can’t praise it highly enough.

“It was the first 10K I ever did and I still use it as a benchmark for my personal best times. The first time, I ran one hour and two minutes, the following year was one hour and one second. In my third though, I smashed the time, coming in at just over 58 minutes.

“I see myself being the kind of runner that benefits from this event – slightly overweight, occasional runner and not part of a club. Now it is back, I am going to start training and aim for 55 minutes to try and beat my personal best time.”

As is traditional, the event will take place on Father’s Day, with the fantastic city centre route starting at Riverside Museum and finishing in George Square.

Neil Kilgour Event Director said: “After such a successful event this year, Men’s 10K Glasgow is back for 2017 and we’re hoping that more men will take part than ever before. Running a 10K is a great challenge for anyone whether they are just starting out or already take part in regular sport. The benefits of exercise are universally accepted, but in the UK, we quite simply don’t do enough of it.

“Every runner taking part in the Men’s 10K can expect a taste of that brilliant, supportive atmosphere. So we say to Scotland’s men stop saying “I could” “maybe” and “I might”: take control of your life and create some positive change”.

Entries for the Men’s 10K Glasgow event are now open at www.mens10k.com. Entries are also open for the Edinburgh event which takes place on Sunday 6th November this year.

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Thousands of inspiring men tackle Glasgow Men’s 10K on Father’s Day

Thousands of inspiring men tackle Glasgow Men’s 10K on Father’s Day

Thousands of men created a positive impact of their health and wellbeing by taking to the streets of Glasgow for the 11th Men’s 10K on Father’s Day this morning. The event again acted as a perfect catalyst for addressing the issues of men’s health and wellbeing.

The rain held off and the 10K run took place in mild, overcast conditions in Glasgow’s city centre. The brand new 2016 route took runners from the Riverside Museum to George Square via some of the city’s most iconic landmarks.

The 10K race was officially started by Jay Semple who was nominated by his friend Christopher Quinn. Jay is registered blind and runs with a guide runner, but this didn’t stop him starting the event and then proceeding to run the 10K himself! He pressed the starter horn at 10am and then joined his running group to complete the route with his friends.

Event Director Neil Kilgour said: “The Men’s 10K plays such an important role in Scotland, inspiring thousands of men of all ages and abilities to get that little bit fitter. This year’s route was probably the best yet, taking in all of Glasgow’s iconic sights such as the Hydro, the Science Centre and the SECC, crossing over the Clyde via the Tradeston Bridge and finishing in George Square. It was an incredible atmosphere generated by runners and supporters.”

The event threw up countless stories from ordinary men doing extraordinary things.John Roach ran in honour of his son Calum, who was recently diagnosed with Autism. John uses running as a coping mechanism and a way to vent his frustration of being unable to help his son.Relatively new to running, John’s first outing was a self-professed disaster; he vomited after one mile. Since then John has tackled several races including half marathons and one full marathon, raising funds and awareness of Autism. He now says that running is “part of my life” and he has plenty of races planned this year. John was understandably delighted after finishing the Glasgow Men’s 10K today, he has done Calum proud on Father’s Day!

Elsewhere, Bryan Morrison was running for a charity called SiMBA who give out memory boxes to parents who have recently experienced the awful case of a stillborn baby. In July 2003, Bryan and his wife were unfortunate enough to have this experience first-hand. SiMBA was set up in 2005 by a nurse called Sara Fitzsimmons who wanted to give these parents more. Well done to Bryan for raising money and awareness for a fantastic cause close to his heart.

Finally, Scott Sweeney ran the Glasgow Men’s 10K for the Scottish Network for Arthritis in Children (SNAC) after his youngest son Liam was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis earlier this year.
Scott decided to run for SNAC after they had helped give some advice for Liam’s condition and he saw what great work they do. The fact it was Father’s Day no doubt made Scott’s 10K run all the more special.

Race Director Kilgour added: “Congratulations to everyone who took part – you all fully deserved your commemorative medal and goody bag. I am really proud of the fact that these men have acted and made positive change in their lives. They pulled the trainers on and made a difference not only in their lives but also that of their family and friends. They should walk tall once they’ve crossed that finish line.”

For those who want to do it all again or who missed out on Glasgow, there is still another chance to join the fun when the Men’s 10K returns to Edinburgh after a successful debut in the Scottish capital last year.

Edinburgh will host the event on Sunday 6th November just ahead of International Men’s Day with a route that begins on the Royal Mile and finishes at the BT Murrayfield Stadium. Find out more here and see the full results from Glasgow here.

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