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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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Pupils put heart and soul into fundraiser.

Pupils at a Renfrewshire School have raised funds for a charity close to their heart.

Secondary pupils from Park Mains High in Erskine have raised £400 for the British Heart Foundation with a charity bake sale.

During their morning break pupils could choose from decorated cupcakes, iced biscuits and heart-shaped shortbreads in return for a small donation.

The baked goodies were made on site by Renfrewshire Council’s schools catering team and presented for sale by sixth year pupils on the school’s Charities Committee.

The ‘Have a Heart’ theme continued into lunchtime with a specially selected school meal menu that included sweet-on-you and sour chicken and a pasta bake with dreamy-sauce.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board said: “Park Mains has strong links with British Heart Foundation.  When our pupils have a passionate interest in helping their community it’s important the council does what’s within its gift to support them to achieve that.

“I’m delighted we could tie this event into a themed school lunch, which is just one of the many ways we’re modernising our schools meals service and encouraging pupils to get a healthy, balanced meal in school”.

George ramps up the red to fight heart disease with BHF Scotland

Paisley’s MSP is supporting British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland by calling on constituents to Ramp up the Red on 7 February to help fight heart disease.

Did you know that coronary heart disease is Scotland’s single biggest killer? It kills more than 7,500 people each year. And there are currently around 235,000 people in Scotland living with coronary heart disease.

On Friday 7 February, BHF Scotland is asking people across the nation to Ramp up the Red and raise funds to continue the fight for every heartbeat.

MSP's Ramp Up the Red for British Heart Foundation Scotland

George, said: “I am pleased to help raise awareness of heart disease by supporting Ramp up the Red. I encourage everyone in Paisley to get involved on Friday 7 February, joining the fight and helping to beat a devastating disease that can affect anyone, from babies to grandparents.”

Marjory Burns, BHF Scotland Director, said “We’re very grateful to George for supporting Ramp up the Red in his community and we hope that many local people will join us. Everyone who organises a fundraising event in February is helping to raise much-needed funds to fight heart disease. All money raised will help us truly fight for every heartbeat.”

For more information about Ramp up the Red, to sign up or to donate, visit or call 0800 0316 316.

On your marks. Get set. Go online to register for the Paisley 10k

Renfrewshire runners are being urged to get their entries in for this year’s Scottish West 10k Championship and Fun Run and make the most of the early-bird discount that’s just been launched.

The annual event takes place in Paisley, this year on Sunday 25 August and is expected to be the biggest ever. Last year over 1,400 people took part, ranging from serious athletes to fun runners raising cash for charity.

The cut-price entry fees are available from 12 April until 1 June. Runners taking part in the 10k can save £3 on the normal entry fee, while adult fun runners save £1 and children save £2. The discounts are only available online at

Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board, said: “Each year the 10k is a key fixture in the West of Scotland’s athletics calendar and together with the fun run – it really puts Paisley on the map with both locals and visitors coming to the town to enjoy the event.

“It’s a great opportunity for keen runners to challenge their personal best, plus with finally spring here, now is the ideal time for beginners to dust off the cobwebs and sign up for a healthier, fitter way of life in time for summer.

“The event also helps to raise Paisley’s profile as one of three British Heart Foundation Heart Towns in Scotland while combining sporting participation, top class competition, charity fundraising, and a fun day out. Get online to register now and make full use of the early bird discount.

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This year the race is sponsored by Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade Flagship employer MEPC Hillington Park and Paisley Vision.

Jamie Cumming, Commercial Director, Hillington Park said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring the Paisley 10K. As a major contributor to the economy in Renfrewshire, Hillington Park is committed to supporting local initiatives like this. We hope many occupiers on our Park will put on their running shoes and take part in what always proves to be a fun day out that raises vital money for charity.”

The entry fee for the 10k is £18 with a t shirt (early bird £15) or £12 without a t shirt   (early bird £10). There is a group discount where one free entry is offered for every five paying entries.

The entry fee for the Fun run is £8 with a t shirt for adults (early bird £7) or £5 without a t shirt (early bird £4) and £6 with a t shirt for children under 16 (early bird £4) or £3 without a t shirt (early bird £2). The adult and child discount offers a joint entry for £12 with t shirts (early bird £10).

Scottish Athletics League members are eligible for a further £2 discount on all categories.

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.

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Buddies to Bairns Big Heart Cycle


Sunday 27th May 2012 will see the first ever inter-Heart Town event in Scotland. Together with Renfrewshire Council and Community Health Partnership, the British Heart Foundation Scotland is bringing communities like Paisley together through fundraising and volunteering while raising awareness of heart disease. Falkirk is one of the other two Heart Towns in Scotland and to promote heart health in both areas an exciting route (which includes a ferry crossing!) has been drawn up for a family-friendly cycle from the Lagoon Leisure Centre to the Falkirk Wheel.

The event gives people the opportunity to take part in an organised cycle taking in 2 historic town centres (Paisley and Renfrew), the famous Renfrew Ferry crossing and the stunning Forth and Clyde Canal route directly to the Falkirk Wheel. The distance is approximately 34 miles and if you think the return journey would be just too much we are providing transport back to Paisley for you and your bike! There will be entertainment, information and snacks at both ends of the cycle and a chance for you to have your bike checked by professionals at the starting point. Entry is open to anyone, however you will need to have some degree of fitness and cycling ability to complete the route, and any children taking part must also be able to last the distance. Some of the route will be on main roads, although most of it is on cycle track, and participants will ride in groups of around 40.

The event starts at 10am from the Lagoon Leisure Centre, with groups leaving at 20 minute intervals after that, and it is anticipated that most people will complete the route in 3½ – 5 hours. Buses will leave the Falkirk Wheel to return to Paisley at 3.30pm and 5.00pm allowing people to enjoy the facilities and spectacle of this fantastic landmark. We can’t organise the weather unfortunately, but we can guarantee an enjoyable and healthy day out!

For more information, and to register, go to or phone 0131 555 5891. The cost is £20 per adult and £5 per child under 16, however you can buy a family ticket for 2 adults and up to 3 children for £40. This includes transport back to Paisley, the ferry crossing and a BHF t-shirt and goody bag. Sponsor forms are also available from the above sources, and we would very much appreciate it if you would consider getting sponsored to do the cycle to raise vital funds for the British Heart Foundation Scotland. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, and they are limited, so don’t miss out!