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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.

Young athlete Conor Thomson with Cllr Harte

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 or pick up an application form from local sports centres and libraries. Race entries will be received until 29 August.

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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.


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, download an application form at or request a paper form on 0141 889 1110.