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Sergeant gives his men the runaround before big race

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SERGEANT Andy Laird gave his men the runaround yesterday, so they’d know the drill when they took part in the Paisley 10k Race at the weekend.

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A team of five soldiers from the Territorial Army 102 Field Squadron, based in Paisley, got some last-minute training at the hands of Sergeant Laird, as they prepared to join the ranks of thousands of other athletes and fun runners pounding the streets.

The Hillington Park-sponsored Paisley 10k Race and Fun Run has become one of the most popular events of its kind in Scotland and this year takes place on Sunday, August 30 in and around the town centre.

The team from 102 Field Squadron is Corporal Robert Storrie, Corporal Darren Forsythe, Sapper David McMenamay (correct) Lance Corporal Sean Deans and Sergeant Danny Lafferty.

Sergeant Laird said: “We’re all about teamwork at 102 Field Squadron and also being part of the community in Paisley.

“The Paisley 10k and Fun Run is a major event for the local community, so it was something we wanted to be involved with and enter a team into the race.

“We might not win the Paisley 10k, but the lads taking part will give it their best shot, if you’ll pardon the military pun!”
Joyce McKellar is chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, one of the event organisers and she said:

“The Paisley 10k and Fun Run is something for everyone of all ages and from all walks of life to take part in and enjoy.

“It’s great that the lads from 102 Field Squadron decided to take part in the race and I hope they get a big cheer as they run round the course. ”

As well as the race and fun run, there will be children’s entertainment In County Square from 9.30am – 2.30pm with free face painting, balloon modeler and inflatable slide along with comedy street entertainers on stilts in and around the race area.

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Are you in the running for a prize?

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ORGANISERS of the Paisley 10K Race and Fun Run have paid tribute to the thousands of people who take part in the event to raise money for charities and good causes.

And Renfrewshire Leisure are offering prizes for those who tell them the best reasons for running in the event, sponsored by Hillington Park, on Sunday, August 30.
Joyce McKellar, chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure said:

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“We should really applaud the many people who are running in the Paisley 10k and Fun Run to raise money for charity. I’m sure lots of money will be raised on the day and the runners will have put a lot of effort and training into taking part in the event.

“We want to hear about these good people, so we can highlight and pay tribute to their efforts.

“We’ve also got a £50 sports equipment voucher and two free Thermal Experience sessions at the luxurious EVE Spa, at The Lagoon Leisure Centre for those who send us the best reasons for taking part.”

Joyce added: “As well as people who are fundraising during the Paisley 10k, we want to hear from runners who have maybe achieved a personal goal by getting fit enough to take part.
“We should be celebrating everyone’s achievements.”

People who have a special reason for running in the Paisley 10k Race and Fun Run can tell their story by emailing info@macdonald-media.co.uk or logging on to the Renfrewshire Leisure Facebook page.

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Paisley 10K and Fun Run returns for 2015

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Paisley’s number one sporting event returns this summer after record-breaking numbers took part last year.

Registration is now open for the Paisley 10K and Fun Run, sponsored once again by Hillington Park, which will take place on Sunday 30 August 2015.

Around 1,900 runners took part in last year’s event and organisers hope even more will take part this year.

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The 10K road race is open to all and aimed at both the serious runner and the first time competitor. Once again, the race will be on a flat, fast course taking runners to the west of the town after a loop around Paisley’s historic town centre.

The Fun Run covers approximately 3km and participants are encouraged to run, walk or stroll their way round the route and take in the sights, with enjoyment and an active lifestyle the aim of the day.

Each runner will receive a medal for their participation and there will be trophies awarded to the winner of each section of the 10K race.

Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board, said, “Paisley 10k and Fun Run has continued to grow over the years, making it a key event in the running calendar not just for Renfrewshire but across Scotland. The popular course makes it ideal for new and experienced runners and shows off some of the stunning heritage of Paisley.

“Last year was a record-breaking year but we want to see even more people signing up to take part this year.”

Louise O’Connell, Marketing Manager at Hillington Park, said, “The many hundreds of businesses located at Hillington Park make a major contribution to the Renfrewshire economy so we are delighted, for the fifth year in a row, to be the main sponsor of the Paisley 10K and Fun Run. Last year was a tremendous success and great fun so we hope this year will be even better.”

The chosen charity for this year’s event is Macmillan Cancer Support and runners already with a charity of choice are encouraged to donate when they sign up.

Runners can apply online at www.paisley10k.com, download an application form from www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/paisley10k or request a paper form on 0141 889 1110.

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Popular Paisley road race on pace for personal best

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Popular Paisley road race on pace for personal best.

Paisley’s popular 10k Road Race and Fun Run looks set to be bigger than ever this year as race organisers remain on pace for a record number of entries.

The 2014 edition takes place on Sunday 31 August and more than 1,400 runners are already confirmed for the full-distance race – almost 400 more than at the equivalent pre-race stage last year.

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With a further 500 fun runners also a major increase on the 2013 numbers, race organisers Renfrewshire Council are predicting a great day of sporting and family fun.

In a further boost, runners registering online have also donated over £1,200 to the British Heart Foundation in a tie-up with the charity to promote the Paisley Heart Town message.

Online registration for the event is available at www.paisley10k.com until 12noon on Friday 29 August.

Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board, said: “This has been Scotland’s summer of sport and it’s great to see that reflected here in Renfrewshire too, with the road race and fun run going from strength to strength.

“This is a real fixture in Renfrewshire’s sporting calendar and everyone from talented competitive athletes to first–timers gets something out of taking part. Even if you’re not running, get out on the route and cheer those who are, your support should help spur them on!

“It’s also hugely encouraging to see how much has been raised already for the Paisley Heart Town campaign. Regular exercise and participation in sport helps tremendously with heart health so it’s good to see that message being shared so widely. The British Heart Foundation will have a stall in the town centre and we’d appreciate people stopping by and donating.”

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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.

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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 fights to mend broken hearts

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Paisley 10K fights to mend broken hearts

The Paisley 10K Road Race and Fun Run is again teaming up with a leading heart charity when the event returns on Sunday 31 August.

Proceeds from the day will go to the British Heart Foundation Scotland.

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The BHF is the biggest independent funder of heart research in the UK and the event will raise funds for its ‘Mending Broken Hearts’ appeal.

Paisley is one of three Scottish ‘Heart Towns’, a scheme where entire communities come together to join the fight against heart disease.

Last year’s Paisley event raised £1500 from runners’ donations when signing up and with participation increasing, it is hoped the race can beat this figure this time around.

Carole Nicol, of BHF Scotland, said, “Unfortunately heart disease remains one of Scotland’s biggest killers, but the vital funds we hope to raise through this year’s event will help us to fight for every heartbeat.”

Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board said, “We are proud to once again link up with the British Heart Foundation as part of the annual 10K Road Race and Fun Run.

“The race is growing year on year and is helping people to pursue a healthy lifestyle. More and more people are getting active and are raising thousands for a worthy cause while doing it.

“With this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, now is the time to sign up for this year’s Paisley event.”

The race is sponsored again this year by MEPC Hillington Park.

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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

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Paisley 10k Photographs 2013

Paisley 10k Photographs 2013

Photographs from today (Sunday 25th August 2013) of the Annual Paisley 10k Road race.

All photographs taken for Paisley on the web by Tracey Clements. If you would like the full resolution please use our contact page to request the photograph.