Keep fit fans in Renfrewshire are now able to join people all over the world on a run in the great outdoors.

The ON-X Sports Centre in Linwood is playing host to a Parkrun every Saturday morning.

This free event sees people running 5k through parkland, or countryside with their times recorded, so they can monitor their progress every time they take part. Browse around this site.

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Parkruns take place on a Saturday morning in many countries around the world and are popular with people who like to exercise outdoors.

The first Linwood Parkrun – which started at the ON-X and was two laps of the scenic Linwood Moss – saw 175 runners taking part, with several visitors from outside Renfrewshire.

First crossing the line at the Linwood Parkrun was Daniel Doherty, from Greenock Glenpark Harriers in an excellent time of 17:03.

In second place was Kilbarchan AAC’s Robert McCulloch in 17:29, with Greig Glendinning, from Bellahouston Road Runners in 17:37.

The first female finisher was local girl Jennifer Rooney, from Kilbarchan AAC, in 20:02 – an excellent time considering she had run 8 miles prior to arriving at the start line. Closely behind was Hilary Robinson, from Cani-Fit in 20.07 and third home was Jayne MacNamara, from Bellahouston Harriers in 20:42.

The route is a flat course with only gentle undulations and is on a mainly hard-packed gravel trail with a shorter tarmac section. Afterwards, runners normally meet up in the ON-X Café.

Chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, Joyce McKellar said: “We’re fortunate to have parkland around the ON-X that can be used for running and exercising outdoors.
“We’d encourage people to come along to the Linwood Parkrun and they have some first-class facilities they can use as soon as their run is over.”

Anyone wanting to take part should log on to the Linwood Parkrun website for more details.

SECONDARY school pupils have shown they’re real good sports – and they’ve got the graduation certificates to prove it.

Sixty teenagers took part in this year’s Renfrewshire School of Sport Education initiative, which saw them being given training for leisure and sports coaching awards and qualifications that could help them find work when they leave school, college or university.

Delivered by Renfrewshire Leisure the training programme sees pupils take part in 20 three-hour weekly training sessions.

They also have to spend time helping coach local schools and sports clubs, which leads them to being given the Saltire Award – the Scottish Government’s recognition of volunteering.

This year’s intake had their graduation ceremony at Renfrew Town Hall with the certificates being presented by Renfrewshire Leisure’s chief executive, Joyce McKellar.

Afterwards, Joyce said: “This initiative gives senior pupils the opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience that will stand them in good stead whatever they do after leaving school.
“The pupils have done extremely well this year and have learned many things including the value of teamwork and leadership as well as building their self-confidence.
“But this is just the start of their journey and I’m sure the young people will continue to make a positive impact in their communities and carry on the good work they’ve been doing this past year.”

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

The video can be viewed on the Renfrewshire Leisure Facebook page:
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Virgin Atlantic has announced additional capacity on its popular Glasgow to Orlando service for summer 2017.

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Almost 5,000 extra seats will be made available as a result of the airline’s decision to introduce four flights per week to Orlando during June and July 2017. This is in addition to Virgin Atlantic’s twice weekly service which runs between May and October 2017.

All services will be operated by one of the airline’s fleet of Boeing 747 aircraft which features Virgin Atlantic’s award winning Upper Class in addition to the Premium Economy and Economy products.

Steven Marshall, Glasgow Airport’s Head of Airline Marketing & Development, said: “Since launching in 2007, Virgin Atlantic’s direct flights to Orlando, Florida have been a huge success and we are very proud to have a strong brand such as Virgin Atlantic here at Glasgow Airport.

“Florida has always been a popular destination among Scottish holidaymakers and the decision to increase capacity on this route is a clear demonstration of Virgin Atlantic’s commitment to the Glasgow market. It is also a direct response to the marked increase in demand for Virgin’s flights and we’re looking forward to welcoming the jumbo 747 four times per week during the peak summer months.”

Earlier this year, Virgin Atlantic announced it will introduce a winter service to Orlando which will take off on 16 November and run until 17 March 2017. In June, Virgin Atlantic’s joint venture partner Delta Air Lines announced it will launch nonstop flights between Glasgow and New York-JFK in May 2017.

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Paisley celebrates its most radical story with two-day festival

Thousands helped Paisley celebrate one of the oldest workers’ festivals in the world – Sma’ Shot Day – with a weekend of history and heritage.

Costume-clad kids, street performers and families joined the parade led by the Charleston Drum – the traditional means of calling the weavers out for their annual festival.

An afternoon-long party of live music and entertainment took place on Abbey Close – featuring performances from PACE youth theatre and Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697 – all building up to the traditional Burning of the Cork.

The festival began in 1856 after the Paisley weavers won their dispute with the manufacturers to be paid for the Sma’ Shot – a hidden cotton thread that held the Paisley Pattern shawls together.

It’s one of Paisley’s most spectacular stories and couldn’t be better timed as a new campaign – What’s Our Story? – is launched asking local people to share what makes Paisley and Renfrewshire great and help transform the region’s image.

The campaign aims to capture the everyday moments and tales that make the area one of Britain’s most exciting and diverse to live in.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall says: “Sma’ Shot Day is a fantastic piece of history for the town and a huge boost as momentum builds on our bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

“In celebrating the struggle of the Paisley weavers to receive rightful compensation from their employers – the manufacturers of the Paisley Pattern shawls – it’s an event that shows we are renowned as passionate, radical people.

“Sma’ Shot is just one of the town’s stories and we know there are lots more the people of Paisley and Renfrewshire have to tell. What’s Our Story? is all about capturing the full, authentic warmth and vibrancy of local people.

“A new brand for Renfrewshire must come from the people who live, work and study here. It is for that reason twe are asking everyone in Renfrewshire for their help.”

The weekend’s entertainment continued with the popular poetry slam and two radical theatre productions – From the Calton to Catalonia and specially-commissioned Silver Threads.

Sma’ Shot Day is part of an exciting calendar of events for Renfrewshire that supports Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.

The bid is taking place as part of a wider push to transform the town’s future using its unique cultural and heritage offering as the home of the Paisley Pattern and the 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, like /Paisley2021 on Facebook or follow @Paisley2021 on Twitter and Instagram.

To submit your story about Paisley or Renfrewshire, visit, share your story on social media using #MyStoryMyTown or complete one of the comments cards.



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Paisley 2021

Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 will use the town’s unique and fascinating story to transform its future – by putting the town in the international spotlight, attracting visitors, creating jobs and using culture to make people’s lives better.

The one-time global textile hub and birthplace of the Paisley Pattern is also home to stunning architecture, an internationally-significant museum collection, Glasgow Airport, University of the West of Scotland, West College Scotland, PACE Theatre Company and a thriving contemporary cultural scene.

The UK City of Culture competition is run by the UK Government. The shortlisted cities will be announced in spring 2017, and the winner at the end of the year. Find out more about our story at

Sma’ Shot Day

Sma’ Shot Day celebrates the victory of Paisley’s weavers over the town’s mill owners in the 19th century.

The owners refused to pay their staff for the Sma’ (small) Shot thread, which was unseen but held together the famous Paisley Patterned cashmere shawls.

A long fight and political battle ensued which the weavers eventually won and renamed the traditional July holiday Sma’ Shot Day

St Mirren manager Alex Rae and his players swapped balls for bells when they checked in at Pro-Life Fitness Centre as part of a new training regime.


And while the Buddies are getting up to speed on the park the experience left most of them gasping for a breather as they were put through their paces by fitness guru Gayle Brannigan.

Rae hopes the new regime, coupled with the plan he and David Farrell have developed, will supercharge the players fitness levels and give them an added edge when the season kicks off.

He said: “That was tough in there today. We have a young fit team but this is something new for them-another challenge- and I know it will give them added strength both physically and mentally.

“It was a real shock for some of the team and they were surprised at the physical power you need for the class.

“Gayle was really tough on them and that is what I wanted. It is a monster workout and I know some of the lads will feel the pain the next day.

“We will all be coming along to this type of class once a week at Pro-Life where it’s tough and then a second session where the players will get a softer workout out, nutrition advice and their own fitness programme.”

The manager added: “I enjoyed it, they enjoyed it but I know we are all going to feel the pain in a few hours. “However, I honestly believe it will take the players fitness to another level. I’m delighted to be here at a non-profit making gym, a charity which works within the Renfrewshire community supporting our hospices and young rising sports stars.

“I think they do a great job and was surprised and excited at the state-of-the-art facilities and expertise of Gayle and the team here.

“I hope the community support them back. This place and what they do is another thing Paisley has to be proud of.”

Gayle, who is also chief executive at Renfrewshire Sport Charity who run the gym in New Sneddon Street, Paisley, said: “The players were amazing. They were really up for it and when one was struggling their mates spurred them on.

“The camaraderie and support for each other was tremendous. You could see them bonding even more and working as a team.

“As well as their kettlebell training, we incorporated some   Plyometric exercises which will help to improve each players speed, skill and reaction time.

“We were performing football specific exercises, utilising as many muscle groups at the one time and in a very intense way. We are aiming to increase their cardio-vascular fitness, muscular endurance, flexibility, strength and make them into absolute machines!

“Saints are going to be at their fittest ever for the challenges ahead and their bid to get back into the Premier League.

“We are just happy to be doing our part in helping them achieve their goal.”

Lifelong Saints supporter and sports presenter David Currie joined the team for the workout.

He said: “It was tough, very tough and I was struggling in there at the end but it was a real experience. The squad are young, fit athletes and were really working hard but the atmosphere was terrific. I’m just glad I lasted the pace.”




A SUMMER of sport is on the cards at Johnstone Sports Hub.


And there are great savings of up to 46 per cent on hiring some of the facilities.

From now until August 14, hire of a seven-a-side pitch is just £20 for adults and £10 for juniors. A full-size pitch for 90 minutes is £60 for adults and £30 for juniors.

And if you just want a kickabout with your pals, you can play on the park for just £1, subject to availability.

Everyone will be watching if Andy Murray can win Wimbledon again and would-be racket champs can play short tennis, or badminton at Johnstone Sports Hub for £5 per adult and £2.50 for a child at weekends from July 3 to August 14.

There are Out For Summer Inflatable Disco sessions being held every Sunday between July 3 and August 14, 10.30am to 12.15pm.

These new music, fun and games sessions cost only £2 per child, but you need to book, as they’re likely to be very popular.

And if that wasn’t enough, Aqua Run Inflatable pool sessions are being held every Saturday, between 1pm and 2.30pm. Cost is only £1.75 per session and those taking part must be able to swim two lengths of the pool.

Joyce McKellar, chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure said: “Youngsters have lots of time on their hands during the school summer holidays, so here’s a great way to keep them occupied and having fun at the same time.”


Coming up – in association with Renfrewshire Leisure:  Sports Services Summer Activity ProgrammeSports Services Summer Activity Programme



In partnership with Paisley Rugby Club and Bishopton Rugby Club we will give you an opportunity to develop and learn new skills, join in fun games/activities, meet new friends all delivered by experienced and qualified coaches.   A  consent form  needs to be completed by the parent or guardian and handed in when booking a place.

Summer rugby club camps run from 11th July to 20th July 2016.


YOUNGSTERS are being urged to head to their local library and read more books this summer.

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From left – Aimee Ford, Michael Taylor, Caitlin Rocks, Abby Brewster, Emma Sheerin and Susan Orr.

Renfrewshire Leisure has launched this year’s Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge and the more books children read, the more prizes they can win.

The Roald Dahl-themed Summer Reading Challenge is called the Big Friendly Read and during the school summer holidays youngsters can go to their local library, register for the challenge and start borrowing books.

If they read two books they’ll get a certificate and a free swim pass for any of the pools in Renfrewshire.
Four books read get them a certificate and a pair of novelty rainbow glasses and when a child reads six books they’ll be awarded a certificate, a medal and free use of a badminton court in a local sports centre.
There is also a prize for the primary school that has the biggest percentage of pupils who have read six books and they will get to see a performance from the Booster Cushion Theatre Company.

Chief executive of Renfrewshire Leisure, Joyce McKellar said: “We want to encourage more young people to read books and with kids have plenty of spare time on their hands over the summer holidays, there’s no better time for them to start.
“They can read any kind of book they like and there’s every chance that when they visit their local library they’ll meet new friends and share what they think about the books they’ve read.
“Last year, we had 2031 children take part in the Summer Reading Challenge and we’re hoping to get even more involved this year.”

Log on to the Renfrewshire Libraries website, or visit your local library for more information on the Summer Reading Challenge.

Paisley residents are gearing up for one of the favourite family days out in the area’s events calendar when Barshaw Gala Day returns this weekend.

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The popular free event will be on in the park between noon and 4pm on Saturday 18 June, with a range of fun activities planned.

Attractions include live music on the main stage provided by the Erskine Music and Media Studio.

Elsewhere in the park there will be fairground rides, kids’ entertainers, magicians, face-painting and arts and crafts.

Visitors will also get the chance to take part in workshops allowing them to design their own props for the parade at this year’s Sma’ Shot Day, due to take place on Saturday 2 July.

There will also be a selection of stalls from various local groups from throughout the community.

Visitors will also be able to pay a visit to other attractions in the park such as Pets’ Corner, the BMX track, the Rowantree Café and the boating pond.

The event has been a long-running fixture in the park – which celebrated its centenary in 2012.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “Barshaw Gala Day remains a popular day out, set in a popular spot in the town.

“It always attracts a good crowd and I am sure this year will be no different – once again there is a great selection of activities for all the family to enjoy.”

For more information on events in Renfrewshire, visit