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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.

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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.

Paisley 10K Road Race with Fun Run 2016 takes place this Sunday (21st August) but if you’re not taking part in the run and have to travel by car, or use public transport you may want to know which roads are closed and where parking is suspended.

Paisley 10k route

We’ve compelled a list of closures and a map of the route.

Paisley.org.uk will be covering the Road Race on Sunday and remember to check back after the race for our photo coverage which is part of the Paisley 2021 Weekend (20-21 August).

ROAD CLOSURES

Argyle Street, at its junction with Lady Lane

Blackstoun Road, at its western junction with the roundabout at Ferguslie Park Avenue

Bridge Street, both carriageways, from Lonend to Abbey Close (to enable Fun Run to cross Bridge Street)

Canal Street, from Stow Brae to Main Road Castlehead, except for access to fire station and adjacent businesses

Causeyside Street, from Canal Street to St Mirren Street, except for access to Orchard Street

Causeyside Street (side road) from Causeyside Street to Forbes Place

Cotton Street, from Bridge Street to Gauze Street (except for Paisley Abbey church parking)

County Place, from Moss Street to Gilmour Street

Craigielea Avenue, at its junction with Ferguslie Park Avenue

Drums Avenue, at its junction with Greenhill Road

Ferguslie Park Avenue, from Greenhill Road to Tannahill Road

Forbes Place, from Causeyside Street (side road) to Causeyside Street

Gauze Street, from Mill Street to St James Bridge

George Street, from Barr Place to Tower Terrace

Gilmour Street, from Central Road to High Street (except for taxis at taxi rank)

Greenhill Road, from Underwood Road to Ferguslie Park Avenue, except for access to premises

High Street,from Gauze Street at St James Bridge, to the East side of Townhead Terrace

High Street, from Lady Lane to the East side of Townhead Terrace (except for Coats Memorial church parking and access to Townhead Terrace)

Lady Lane, from George Street to High Street

Lawn Street, from Incle Street to Gauze Street

McKenzie Street, from Greenhill Road to Drums Crescent

Moss Street, from School Wynd to Old Sneddon Street

Murray Street, from McKean Street to Greenhill Road, except for access to premises, the junction of Murray Street and Greenhill Road being closed.

New Street, from Witherspoon Street to High Street

Oakshaw Street East, from School Wynd to its western extremity

School Wynd, from Moss Street to Oakshaw Street East

Silk Street, from Lawn Street to Gauze Street

Smithhills Street, from Gauze Street to Central Road

St Mirren Street, from Causeyside Street to The Cross

Storie Street, from Witherspoon Street to High Street

Tannahill Road, from Ferguslie Park Avenue southwards for 5 metres or thereby

Underwood Road, from Caledonia Street to Kerr Street

Underwood Road, from Well Street to Kerr Street, except for access to premises

Weighhouse Close, from New Street to its northern extremity

Witherspoon Street, from Storie Street to New Street

Wardrope Street, at George Street

PARKING SUSPENSIONS 

Three parking bays on the south side of George Street at West Buchanan Place will be suspended to allow the 10k to cross the road without obstruction.

Parking will also be suspended on the North side of George Street from Causeyside Street to Barr Place.

Traffic will be controlled by the police when necessary at Baronscourt Road junction with Linwood Road, between the approximate times of 10.15am and 10.45am hours, to avoid danger. The runners should keep to the footway on the north side of Baronscourt Road.

Access on all roads will be maintained for Emergency Services at all times.

THIRSTY runners in the Paisley 10k Race and Fun Run on Sunday will down an amazing 440 gallons of water handed out by organisers.

This is just one of the many aspects that go into the meticulous planning of such a big event.

Renfrewshire Leisure who are organising the event will be handing out cups of water at various points in the race and at the finishing line everyone will get a bottle of water to stop dehydration.

The Paisley 10k Race, which starts at 10am and the Fun Run, setting off at 12.15pm from County Square is expected to be one of the most successful ever held.

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Joyce McKellar, chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure said: “This event takes months and months of planning and we’re now putting the finishing touches to what we expect to be a fabulous day for both the serious runners and the people who just love our Fun Run.
“Thousands of pounds will be raised for charities and good causes on Sunday and that’s a really important feature of the event.
“We’re all looking forward to the day and we’re keeping our fingers crossed that the weather forecast of cloudy, but dry is spot on.”

Runners from all over Scotland and further afield will be in Paisley this Sunday, covering more than 17 million metres in support of the Paisley 2021 bid to become UK City of Culture.

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More than 2,000 runners are expected to take part in the 16th Paisley 10k and Fun Run, and entries are still available. This year’s popular event is taking place as part of the Paisley 2021 Weekend, which sees around a dozen cultural events take place in Paisley and across Renfrewshire.

Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 aims to transform the town and Renfrewshire’s future by using its unique cultural and heritage offering as the home of the Paisley Pattern and one-time centre of the global textile industry.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall, sporting a special commemorative Paisley 2021 race number, reminded runners and those looking for a challenge that entries are still available for the Paisley 10k until 12 noon on Friday 19th August.

Entries for the Paisley 10k and Fun Run, which start at 10am and 12.15pm respectively, can be made here:www.renfrewshireleisure.com/paisley-10k-road-race-with-fun-run/

The event is organised by Renfrewshire Leisure in partnership with Renfrewshire Council. It is sponsored this year by Paisley FIRST and Decathlon.

Provost Hall will once again get the runners under way on Sunday, as they set out to test themselves on the fast and flat route around Paisley. She said: “The Paisley 10k has grown to become one of the most popular events on Scotland’s athletics calendar and it’s always a pleasure to start the event.

“It’s great to see the enjoyment which everybody, regardless of how quickly they are completing the courses, takes from running around our town. This year’s event has an extra special element to it, taking place as part of the Paisley 2021 Weekend and I hope all the runners will get behind backing our bid to become UK City of Culture in 2021.”

The Paisley 10k will likely have a brand new winner this year, with the winners of four of the past six events being otherwise occupied this Sunday. The Team GB men’s marathon team competing at the Rio Olympics is made up entirely of recent winners of the Paisley 10k. Elderslie lads, Callum and Derek Hawkins, and Glasgow-basedTsegai Tewelde will all be donning the Team GB vest and competing in Brazil.

Joyce McKellar, chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, said: “Sport and physical activity has long been an important part of the culture of the people of Paisley and Renfrewshire.
“The annual Paisley 10k and Fun Run is a popular date in the calendar for local people who want to use it as an incentive to train and keep fit, to raise money for many good causes or as a great family activity that young and old can take part in.

“We are pleased to be supporting the town’s bid to become UK City of Culture in 2021.”

More information about the Paisley 2021 Weekend can be found here: www.paisley2021.co.uk

Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021aims to transform the town and Renfrewshire’s future by using its unique cultural and heritage offering as the home of the Paisley Pattern and one-time centre of the global textile industry.

Bids are expected to be lodged with the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport in Spring 2017.

For more information on Paisley 2021, visit www.paisley2021.co.uk, like /Paisley2021 on Facebook or follow @Paisley2021 on Twitter and Instagram.

ST MIRREN chairman Gordon Scott has issued a challenge to everyone running in this weekend’s Paisley 10k Race.

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Saints chairman Gordon Scott with some of the free tickets up for grabs

Anyone wearing a Saints top beats him across the finishing line, he’ll give them a free ticket to the Buddies home game against Queen of the South, on September 10.

And any youngster under the age of 17 wearing a St Mirren top who takes part in the Fun Run that follows the big race will also get free entry to the game.

Gordon, 52, is a keen runner and he’s taking part in his third Paisley 10k, on Sunday, August 21.
He says: “There you go, I’ve thrown down the gauntlet to all the runners in the Paisley 10k. Get the St Mirren tops on and let’s see if you can beat me in the big race.
“Anyone who runs the race with a Saints top on and who crosses the finishing line with a better time than me, I’ll give them a free ticket to see the Buddies take on Queen of the South.
“And as an incentive to all the kids taking part in the Fun Run, if they wear a Saints top during the race, they’ll get to see St Mirren for free as well.”

Gordon’s previous race times were 51 minutes, in 2012 and 47 minutes, in 2014. Now he’s on an intensive training schedule running five times a week, as he aims to beat his previous best time.
Gordon adds: “I’ve not had a lot of time this year to train for the race, but in the past few weeks I’ve really upped the amount of running I’m doing.
“I’m certainly aiming to beat the 50-minute finish, so people will have to go some to get their free ticket to see the Saints.
“We’re giving away the free tickets to show that St Mirren is a community club and we support big community events like this.”

Joyce McKellar, chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure – who are organising the event – revealed they have almost beaten the previous record for runners in the Paisley 10k and Fun Run.
She said: “With just a week to go, 2,425 people have already signed up to take part and we’re on course to beat the previous record of 2500 entrants in 2014.
“The free tickets to see St Mirren is a great incentive for everyone who is already taking part and another reason for people to sign up for the race.”

People have until noon on Friday, August 19 to register for the race by logging on to www.renfrewshireleisure.com www.renfrewshireleisure.com telephoning 0141 842 3000 or picking up an entry form from any Renfrewshire Leisure venue.

Youngsters under 12 in the Fun Run who receive a free St Mirren ticket must be accompanied to the Queen of the South game by an adult.
Log on to www.saintmirren.net http://www.saintmirren.net/pages/ for details on how to register for this free ticket offer.

Now in its seventh year, Paisley Pipe Band Championships will see some of the top pipe bands from Scotland and beyond compete in the heart of the historic town centre – and the Johnstone Pipe Band were crowned winners.

This year’s chieftain is Renfrewshire Depute Provost John Caldwell.

Bands will marched down the High Street, through the final tuning area at The Cenotaph, to the competition arena in County Square.

The massed bands and presentation of prizes was in County Square at 5.30pm.

The event is run by Renfrewshire Council and is in partnership with the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, Glasgow and West of Scotland Branch.

Competition judges are Donald McPhee, Ronnie McShannon (piping), Arthur Cook (drumming) and James Campbell (ensemble).

All photographs and video created for paisley.org.uk by Cameron Pollock

THREE past winners of the Paisley 10k Race won’t be able to make the popular run this year.

From left, Callum Hawkins, Tsegai Tewelde and Derek Hawkins

From left, Callum Hawkins, Tsegai Tewelde and Derek Hawkins

Instead, on the same day runners will be pounding along the town’s High Street, the trio will be racing along the roads of Rio de Janeiro competing in the Olympic Games marathon.

Brothers Callum and Derek Hawkins, from Elderslie, along with Glasgow-based Tsegai Tewelde are regular competitors in the Paisley 10k and were the first Great Britain athletes to be selected to represent their country in this year’s Olympic Games.

All three have previously won the Paisley 10k Race – Tsegai in 2010, Derek in 2012 and Callum in 2014 and 2015 – may well have taken part in this year’s event if they hadn’t been selected for the Olympics.

The Paisley 10k Race and Fun Run, on Sunday August 21, is organised by Renfrewshire Leisure in conjunction with Renfrewshire Council.

Callum said: “It’s been a long, hard road getting to compete in the Olympic Games and it’s even longer from Paisley Cross to the Copacabana, in Rio!
“I’ve always enjoyed the competing in the Paisley 10k and it’s been an important part of my training schedule over the years.”

Derek added: “Competing in the Olympics is the pinnacle of our athletics careers so far.
“The Paisley 10k is a good race to be involved with and I’d encourage people to take part.
“I’m not saying that if you do the Paisley 10k you’ll get to the Olympics, but you never know if some young runner taking part in this year’s Paisley 10k will end up competing in the Olympics in years to come.”

Joyce McKellar, chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure said: “It’s ironic that three athletes who have previously won the Paisley 10k will be running the marathon in the 2016 Olympics on the exact same day as our race is taking place this year.
“We’re proud of what Callum, Derek and Tsegai have achieved. We’ll be rooting for them and have one eye on the TV during our race day to see how they get on in the Olympic marathon.”
Joyce added: “There’s still time for both competitive athletes and fun runners to sign up for our big day.
“Last year we attracted almost 2000 runners many of them raising money for charities and good causes.”

This year’s Paisley 10k and Fun Run is sponsored by Paisley First and Decathlon and for the second year, Macmillan Cancer Support is the Paisley 10k Race official charity partner.

You can register for the race by logging on to  www.renfrewshireleisure.com by telephoning 0141 842 3000 or picking up an entry form from any Renfrewshire Leisure venue.

YOU can bet your bottom dollar that Amaury Wicquart and Stuart Terris are training hard for the Paisley 10k Race.

Race wager - Stuart Terris, left and Amaury Wicquart with colleague, Bertille Mazure holding the money and the stopwatch

Race wager – Stuart Terris, left and Amaury Wicquart with colleague, Bertille Mazure holding the money and the stopwatch

After all, there’s a £100 wager at stake to see who runs the fastest time in the big race on Sunday, August 21.

The two runners – who both work for one of the Paisley 10k and Fun Run sponsors, Decathlon – are pounding the streets getting fit to make sure they take the bragging rights and win the £100 bet.

Stuart, 24, even runs from his home in Ralston, Paisley to his work at Decathlon, near intu Braehead most days, as part of his training schedule.

Store manager, 28-year-old Amuary and sports advisor, Stuart are being joined in the Paisley 10k Race by seven of their colleagues from the Decathlon store – Katy Stanton, Bertille Mazure, Maciej Zawadzki, Ailsa Higgins, Jonathan Younge, (correct) Jennifer Howie and Roisin McLeod.

Amaury, who is from Lille, in France and ran competitively in the 3000m steeplechase event when he was younger, said:
“Everyone here at Decathlon is very sporty and competitive and that’s particularly the case for Stuart and me.
“Some of us were out together playing ten-pin bowling recently and Stuart beat me by only seven points. So, me beating him in the Paisley 10k will be revenge for that.
“Although I used to run competitively, I haven’t raced for about six years. But I’m training hard, running the 10k distance three times a week.
“I know Stuart is a good runner and he likes to win, but so do I. Both of us are taking this bet very seriously and there a lot at stake, so I’ll definitely win.”

However, Stuart, who recently ran in the Torshavn Marathon, on the Faroe Islands, has other ideas.
“When we were talking about entering the Paisley 10k, Amaury said he would run it faster than I would. I told him no way would he beat me and he should put his money where his mouth was and that’s how the bet came about.
“I’m 100 per cent confident I’ll beat him. I’ve been running 10k races for years and I’ve done the Paisley 10k four times. I reckon I can do the course in 36 minutes and there’s no way Amaury is going to beat that.”

The Paisley 10k Race and Fun Run is on a flat course and is organised by Renfrewshire Leisure in conjunction with Renfrewshire Council. Last year it attracted almost 2000 runners many of them raising money for charities and good causes.

It’s sponsored by Paisley First and Decathlon and for the second year, Macmillan Cancer Support is the Paisley 10k Race official charity partner.

Renfrewshire Leisure chief executive, Joyce McKellar said: “It looks like there’s going to be a real competitive edge to this year’s Paisley 10k with Amuary and Stuart. We’ll be looking out to see who crosses the line first.
“But well done to the two lads and their colleagues for signing up for the race.
“There’s still time for anyone who wants to take part in the Paisley 10k, or the much easier Fun Run to register. As well as being an attraction for the serious competitive runners, it’s a great family event and tens of thousands of pounds are raised for charity.”

You can register for the race by logging on to  www.renfrewshireleisure.com by telephoning 0141 842 3000 or picking up an entry form from any Renfrewshire Leisure venue.

A pride of colourful lions will be the ‘mane’ attraction in Paisley from this weekend as the town’s first-ever public arts trail gets ready to roar into life.

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PACE Theatre Group members Orla Morrow, Erin Lafferty and Rebecca Russell with some of the lions.

The 25 creatively-designed lion sculptures which make up the Pride of Paisley will showcase the town’s heritage and history by merging colour, art and creativity to draw visitors, shoppers and tourists.

Streets around the town will become a kaleidoscope of colour thanks to business regeneration group Paisley First’s bold and unique project, taking place as part of the push towards the town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

07/07/16.... PAISLEY. colourful painted life-size lion sculptures created as part of the biggest public art project in PaisleyÕs history. The Pride of Paisley Wild in Art Project is taking place as part of the townÕs bid for UK City of Culture 2021 and has seen 25 lions - inspired by popular Paisley Museum exhibit Buddy the Lion Ð created and individually painted by local artists and schools Erin Lafferty,

colourful painted life-size lion sculptures created as part of the biggest public art project in PaisleyÕs history. The Pride of Paisley Wild in Art Project is taking place as part of the townÕs bid for UK City of Culture 2021 and has seen 25 lions – inspired by popular Paisley Museum exhibit Buddy the Lion Ð created and individually painted by local artists and schools.

Paisley already boasts some incredible architecture, including Paisley Abbey and the Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church, as well as a respected live music scene, a burgeoning cafe culture and a history steeped in the rich tapestry of its thread mills and weaving.

Now the team at Paisley First, led by Andrew Mitchell, manager of Business Improvement District (BID), hope to see people flooding in from far and wide to take a look at the kings of the jungle – and the town itself – until September 25.

Public arts trails like this have been a roaring success, with Wild At Art events elsewhere in the UK bringing a boost in shopping centre footfall by around 25 per cent, a sales hike of almost 20 per cent and a 39 per cent increase in the number of visitors.

Andrew said: “Fantastic projects similar to ours have brought many benefits to places like Aberdeen, Hamilton and Norwich in the past.

“We know our incredible lions will be popular with people, bring them to Paisley and keep them coming back for more.

“These are exciting times for Paisley with the bid to become UK City of Culture 2021 and we are confident people will come to the town to see our lions and have their eyes opened to all of the wonderful things the town centre and surrounding area has to offer.”

Jean Cameron, Paisley 2021 Bid Director, said: “The Pride of Paisley is already capturing hundreds of people’s imaginations, from the schoolchildren, businesses and artists already involved in the project.

“It’s a great chance for everybody to get round the town, discover their favourite lion, and really see the town as they’ve never seen it before.”

Community is at the heart of the lions project and the heritage trail will raise money for Accord Hospice in Paisley and St Vincent’s Hospice in Howwood.
At the end of the event, the Pride of Paisley lions will be auctioned and all profits will go to these facilities.

The trail is an exciting thing for all the family to experience and over the 12 weeks, people young and old can enjoy these kings of the jungle in all their glory as they take up home in the streets and open spaces of Paisley.

Forty eye-catching mini lion sculptures designed by school pupils across Renfrewshire will add to the trail’s sense of fun and community.

You will be able to see these taking pride of place in local businesses throughout summer, before they return to the schools after the summer break.

PACE Theatre Company, a registered charity working closely with young people, schools and national organisations, was set up in Paisley back in 1988.

Executive director David Wallace, who started PACE, is heavily involved in the Pride of Paisley as the Project Leader.

David said: “At PACE, we take great pride in helping to develop young people’s creative potential and this public art trail will help do just that – and more – for Paisley.

“I would encourage people living here to become tourists in their own town by getting out there to follow the trail. And I’d say to anyone who has never visited before to come along and discover everything the town has to offer.”

The big launch kicks off in County Square at 11am with a performance by PACE Theatre Company, followed by Lion Fish Stilt Walkers at 11.20am and Black Eagles Acrobats at noon.

From 12.30pm the RockUs Choir will perform for half an hour before the stilt walkers and acrobats bring things to a close around 3pm. There will also be face painting from 11am until 2pm and miniature lion painting from 11am to 2pm at The Piazza.

The art trail’s headlining sponsors are: West College Scotland, University of the West of Scotland, Renfrewshire Leisure, The Piazza, Paisley First, Paisley 2021 and PACE Theatre Company.

Find out more about our sponsors by visiting  www.prideofpaisley.co.uk

More information on Paisley’s bid for UK CIty of Culture 2021 is at  www.paisley2021.co.uk

This year’s Paisley 10k returns on August 21st and is aimed at the serious runner and the first timer. With just under 2 months to go until the big race day, now is the perfect time to start training. Renfrewshire Leisure has created a motivating video for first-time runners, which shows them not to give up – and pursue various types of exercise to help them achieve their goal of running the race.

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This year’s race is in association with Paisley First and Decathlon Braehead, the Paisley 10k will take place at 10am on Sunday 21st August, followed by a 3km Fun Run at 12:15pm. Runners are encouraged to sign up early to guarantee a place in this years race, and can sign up online  http://bit.ly/29qmmYm

The video can be viewed on the Renfrewshire Leisure Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RL4Leisure/
or on youtube: