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Conor gets on his marks for Paisley 10k

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Conor gets on his marks for Paisley 10k

Young Renfrewshire runner Conor Thomson is setting the pace for this year’s edition of the Paisley 10k Road Race and Fun Run.

15 year old Conor, an S3 pupil at Gleniffer High School, is aiming to conquer the 10K after being victorious in the last two editions of the shorter Fun Run.

Young athlete Conor Thomson with Cllr Harte

Conor joined Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board, to remind runners to sign up as soon as possible and start training.

The Kilbarchan Amateur Athletics Club athlete has been running in the event since 2008. This year will be the first time he is old enough to run in the longer race, and it’s a challenge he’s relishing.

Conor said: “This race has always been an inspiration to me – training for the Fun Run was my incentive for first joining the running club.

“My coach John Rodger has taught me so much and helped me improve each year. Now, I want to test myself in the bigger race and see how fast I can finish and how high up the field.

“I’d encourage anyone my age and younger to sign up for the Fun Run and give it a go – you just never know what it might lead to!”

Cllr Harte said: “Paisley 10k Road Race and Fun Run has been the springboard to success for many local athletes and Conor might just be the next one.

“Their stories can be inspiration to the rest of us, whatever age we are, to look out our trainers and sign up.”

“Even if you’re unlikely to ever be an elite athlete, you’ll get a tremendous amount out of the challenge of training for the race and taking part.”

Anyone wishing to run can enter online at www.paisley10k.com or pick up an application form from local sports centres and libraries. Race entries will be received until 29 August.

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Paisley 10k Road Race and Fun Run

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‘Early birds’ urged to sign up now for 10K Road Race and Fun Run

Race organisers Renfrewshire Council are urging people to sign up now for this year’s Paisley 10k Road Race and Fun Run.

‘Early bird’ discounts are available until Saturday 7 June. Discounts are available for club runners, adults, children and those who choose to compete as a team.

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Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Board, said: “Last year, there were over 1,500 competitors in the road race with another 300 in the fun run, and the race just keep getting bigger and better.

“The Road Race is popular with serious runners and first-time participants because it’s a flat, fast loop of the west of the town and the town centre. The Fun Run is a 3km dash around the town centre, and even if you don’t fancy running, it’s perfect for a stroll round with family.”

“It’s a great fundraising opportunity as well and, with Paisley being one Scotland’s ‘Heart Towns’, a great chance to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.”

“If you can, sign up now, take advantage of the discounts available and then start training so that you get the most of taking part in this year’s race.”

The popular event, sponsored for the third year by MEPC Hillington Park, will take place on Sunday 31 August.

Runners can sign up online at www.paisley10k.com or pick up a race application form at their local sports centre or library.

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Renfrewshire’s premier road race returns in 2014

Renfrewshire’s premier road race returns in 2014.

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.

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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.

Competitors can take in the sights of Paisley Abbey and Town Hall buildings as they begin and finish the race in County Square.

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.

You can apply online at www.paisley10k.com, download an application form at www.activerenfrewshire.co.uk or request a paper form on 0141 889 1110.

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All wrapped up – British Heart Foundation receives donations from Paisley 10k

All wrapped up – British Heart Foundation receives donations from Paisley 10k.

British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland has been presented with the proceeds from this year’s Paisley 10k.

Carole Nicol, Fundraising Volunteer Manager from BHF Scotland was on hand to receive a cheque from race organiser Renfrewshire Council and MEPC Hillington Park, official sponsor of the event.

(Please note this is for the 2013 event which has now passed, we will update the website soon with 2014’s entry)

Competitors who registered online donated a further £1,500 on top of their entry fees to join BHF Scotland in their fight for every heartbeat by supporting its Mending Broken Hearts Appeal.

Carole Nicol, from BHF Scotland said: “On behalf of the charity I’d like to thank the competitors, the organisers, the spectators and the sponsors; everyone who helped to make this year’s event the most successful yet.

“Competitors literally gave pound for pound – 1,500 runners donating £1,500. And not only that, they also got their hearts pounding too, which is just as important to us in our fight against coronary heart disease”.

Every year 160,000 people die in the UK as a result of heart and circulatory disease.

Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board said: “We want our residents to have healthy hearts and healthy lifestyles. The 10k provides people with incentive to get race fit, whether that’s as a fun runner or as a more serious competitor.

“It’s great to see the event growing in popularity, which means not only are we helping to raise more money for a worthy cause, more people are getting the message and getting active”.

MEPC Hillington Park has sponsored the race for the past two years. Marketing & Customer Manager, Alison Clark said: “Paisley is one of three BHF ‘Heart Towns’ in Scotland. We’re proud to sponsor the event because 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 Hillington Park employees and who also enjoy taking part in this event each year”.

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. The date of the 2014 event has been confirmed as Sunday 31 August 2014.

Other sponsors of the event include:

* Foster Plus
* Engage Renfrewshire
* Body Beautiful
* Semi Chem
* Good2Run
* Marks & Spencers
* Paisley Fairtrade Partnership
* Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership
* Findel & Renfrewshire Leisure