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A RECORD number of people took part in  Paisley 10k Race and Fun Run. From serious athletes to fun runners, they came in all ages and fitness levels to pound the streets of Paisley.

A total of 2872 people took part in the two events, organised by Renfrewshire Leisure along with Renfrewshire Council and sponsored by Paisley First and Decathlon.  This beat the previous record of 2500 entrants set in 2014.
And for the second year, Macmillan Cancer Support was the Paisley 10k Race and Fun Run’s official charity partner.
The men’s winner was Peter Avent, from Shettleston Harriers with a time of 31.19.  Second place in the men’s race went to Paul Sorrie, from Shettleston Harriers with a 32.50 time and third was Callum Matthews, of Kilbarchan AC with 33.00.

First woman across the line was Freya Ross, from Edinburgh AC, with a time of 35.00; second was Gemma Rankin, of Kilbarchan AAC, with a time of  35.25 and third was Hailey Haining with a time of 35.38.

The biggest winners were the many charities and good causes people taking part in the Fun Run were raising money for.

Many took part in the 3k Fun Run route and some even turned up in fancy dress, much to the delight of the spectators who lined the route.

Joyce McKellar, chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, said: “The Paisley 10k and Fun run just gets better and better. We had a record number of entrants this year and that just goes to show how popular the two events have become.
“We’re aiming to win City of Culture status for Paisley and sport and physical activity is obviously a huge part of people’s culture. The Paisley 10k and Fun Run is undoubtedly a major cultural event in the town.”
Joyce added: “I’d really like to pay tribute to those who took part – whether they were serious athletes, or people who came out to jog around the course raising money for good causes.
“Thousands of pounds will have been raised because of the event being organised.
“And it’s not just for turning up yesterday that we should pay tribute to those taking part. There must have been many, many nights of training in gyms and outdoors in all weathers to get as fit as possible for the races.”

Further pictures to follow.