Scotland’s men make positive change at Men’s 10K EdinburghThousands of guys took to the streets of Edinburgh for the Men’s 10K this morning on a cold but gloriously sunny day in Scotland’s capital city.
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, united by the same goal. This feel-good atmosphere was certainly evident today, as the music blared and the Royal Mile slowly filled up with guys eager to start their journeys.
Supporting a 1,500 strong army of men, plenty of locals and charity cheer groups lined the streets to support, further adding to the already fantastic atmosphere.
From the start line, runners dropped down into Princes Street Gardens, heading past many of Edinburgh’s most iconic landmarks including the Scott Monument, Scottish Parliament and Holyrood Park, before heading up through Grassmarket and onto a grandstand finish at BT Murrayfield Stadium. Plenty of friends and family gathered in Murrayfield’s West Stand to cheer runners over the line.
The Men’s 10K never fails to conjure up some incredible runner’s stories. Among the finishers was Greg Royle who was fundraising for the event’s official charity Cancer Research UK. Greg’s decision to raise money for CRUK came after his family were directly affected by the disease. He said:
“My brother suffered from a malignant brain tumor a few years ago. Without the treatment he received from the from CRUK and the NHS he would not be here today, so I am raising money to give back and support them in their fight against cancer.”
You can read more and donate to Greg’s JustGiving page here.
Also completing today’s 10K was David Spence, who was fundraising for Prostate Cancer UK in memory of his grandad who died from cancer a few years ago. David said:
“Today is actually my grandad’s birthday, so running the Men’s 10K today in support of such a great charity seemed like a good way to honour his memory after such a tragic loss.
“I really enjoyed the run and finished a lot quicker than I’d hoped!”
You can donate to David’s JustGiving page here.
And Adrian Thomson was running for MS Society Scotland after seeing close family affected by the condition. He said:
“My mum and aunt have both suffer with MS, so I felt it was time to support them even more by fundraising for the charity that helps them and all others with MS around Scotland.
“I love running so why not do it for a fantastic cause?”
You can dontate to Adrian’s JustGiving page here.
In addition to today’s event, the Men’s 10K ‘Man Cave’ has been located on Mound Precinct over the days preceding the event, just off Princes Street in Edinburgh. The Man Cave also made its way to the finish area at Murrayfield today! The Men’s 10K’s resident dinosaur, Rex and his historically dubious caveman friends were out and about distributing over 4,000 man bags filled with important health information. This included contributions from Cancer Research UK, Prostate Cancer, the Scottish Association for Mental Health, Health in Mind and the Eatwell Guide.
For those who want to do it all again next year, early bird entries are now OPEN for the 2018 Men’s 10K Edinburgh. Next year’s event will take place on Sunday 4th November. To find out more and enter, visit https://www.mens10k.com/edinburgh/.
The 2018 Men’s 10K Glasgow takes place on Father’s Day, Sunday 17th June and you can also grab an entry for that today at https://www.mens10k.com/glasgow/.