To the delight of hundreds of runners, registration has opened for the 2014 Paisley 10K and Fun Run.
1,500 competitors took part in last year’s road race and there were over 300 fun runners. It is hoped that similar numbers, if not more, will sign-up in 2014.
Sponsored for a third year by MEPC Hillington Park, the 10K and Fun Run will take place on Sunday 31st of August, with road runners taking to their marks at 10am and fun runners lining up at 12.15pm.
The 10K starts and finishes in the centre of Paisley and as one of four ‘Heart Towns’ in Scotland, all proceeds from the day will go to British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland.
Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board said: “Last year runners who registered online raised £1,500 so they literally gave ‘pound for pound’ by hitting the road. With the Commonwealth Games taking place in Glasgow this summer, we hope hundreds more people will be inspired to find their place at the start line, which would not only be good for the British Heart Foundation, it would also be good for their own personal health and wellbeing”.
The 10K road race is open to all and is aimed at both the serious runner and those competing for the first time. Once again the race will be on a flat, fast course which will take runners to the west of the town after a loop around Paisley’s historic town centre.
For families, friends and youngsters there is the chance to take part in the Fun Run and the other activities taking place along the route. The Fun Run is approximately 3km and participants are encouraged to run, walk or stroll their way around the course soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying the benefits of being active.
Roddy Proudfoot, Head of Asset Management at MEPC Hillington Park said, “I took part in last year’s 10K road race so I’m delighted MEPC Hillington Park is able to sponsor the event again. It allows us to support the ambitions of two great organisations that are committed to improving the wellbeing of Renfrewshire’s residents – many of whom are employed at Hillington Park and who are also keen runners”.
Each runner will receive a medal for their participation and there will be trophies awarded to the winner of each age category in the 10K.