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Runners Get A Head Start On This Year’s 10k And Fun Run

Renfrewshire runners are being urged to get their entries in for this year’s Paisley 10k and Fun Run and make the most of the early-bird discounts on offer.

The event takes place on Sunday 26 August and is expected to be the biggest ever. Last year some 1,600 people took part, ranging from serious athletes out to improve their personal best to fun runners raising money for their favourite charity.

The cut-price entry fees are available from 6 March until 1 June. Runners taking part in the 10k can save £3 on the normal entry fee, while adult fun runners save £1 and children save £2. Runners can register online at www.paisley10k.com

Paisley’s 10k is noted for being flat and fast, with a course that takes competitors through the historic town centre, along Paisley canal and Kilmacolm cycle track.

Councillor Susan McDonald, Renfrewshire Council’s Sports Champion said: “The Paisley 10k and Fun Run offer people the chance to develop a more active lifestyle in an enjoyable way. It’s also a great way to raise Paisley’s profile as one of the British Heart Foundation’s three Scottish Heart Towns. Heart disease is a big issue and regular exercise is a vital part of the fight to stay fit and healthy.”

This year runners will also raise the profile of Renfrewshire as a Fairtrade Zone by sporting Fairtrade cotton t-shirts sponsored by Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade Flagship employer, MEPC Hillington.

Councillor Brian Lawson, chair of the Fairtrade steering group, said: “It will be great to see so many runners carrying the Fairtrade message across Renfrewshire. The support for Fairtrade in Renfrewshire is constantly growing and we want to encourage even more people to step into Fairtrade. In particular we really want Renfrewshire to back the Fairtrade Foundation’s challenge of reaching 1.5 million steps this year and the 10k and Fun Run will help us go even further.”

The entry fee for the 10k is £18 (early bird £15). There is a group discount where one free entry is offered for every five paying entries when registering online.

The entry fee for the Fun run is £8 for adults (early bird £7) and £6 for children under 16 (early bird £4). The adult and child discount offers a joint entry for £12 (early bird £10).

Scottish Athletics League members are eligible for a further £2 discount on all categories.