3000 runners race around park to mark Father's Day

IT was a record-breaking Father's Day at this year's Men's 10k Festival in Glasgow as top athletes and charity heroes crossed the finishing line.

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  • Mengisteab Tewolde was delighted with his record-breaking run
    Mengisteab Tewolde was delighted with his record-breaking run
  • Mengisteab Tewolde was delighted with his record-breaking run
  • Mengisteab Tewolde was delighted with his record-breaking run
  • Mengisteab Tewolde was delighted with his record-breaking run
  • Mengisteab Tewolde was delighted with his record-breaking run

Nearly 3000 runners battled to complete the Sunday afternoon race.

As well as the elite athletes, there were those raising money for charity in any way they could.

The main charity for the 10K was the Yorkhill Foundation, and 32-year-old Darren Constable from Pollokshaws was one of the many taking part who decided to run for the cause.

Darren has a personal connection to the charity and was happy to contribute to this event.

He said: "It's great to raise money for a great cause. There's a really fun family atmosphere here today. It's different from other races I've run and I'm glad to be a part of it.

"My niece goes to Yorkhill and I know how important the work they do can be to a kid's life."

Others taking part in the race donned fancy dress to raise money, with groups dressed as Power Rangers, Star Wars characters, and other superheroes.

David Wilson, 21, was one of many to take to the course wearing a brightly coloured Morph suit, and he hoped it would help him raise extra money for his charity, Cancer Research.

He said: "The suits are definitely bright so I think they've got a few people's attention. It's not designed for running in, but hopefully it will encourage people to give a bit extra."

This weekend also saw the first ever Saturday events for the Men's 10k festival, including a Men's 5k and a kids 3k fun run.

The event, in Bellahouston Park, on the city's South Side, saw the record smashed by Mengisteab Tewolde, who finished the race in just 30 minutes 7 seconds, ahead of nearly 3000 other runners.

Mengisteab beat the previous best for the race of 30.28, and Mengisteab was full of praise for the Glasgow crowd who supported him during the run.

The Shettleston Harriers runner, who came to Scotland from Eritrea as a political refugee , said: "It was a really good race. The crowd were good and it was a good atmosphere.

"I'm very proud that I broke the record, that was my goal when I took on this run."

Robert Gollroy won last year's Men's 10k, and this year finished third, with a time of 30.53.

Robert, who runs for Cambuslang Harriers, was proud of his time and praised his competition.

He said: "I won last year in around 32 minutes, so I am really happy with the time.

"I really don't feel bad about finishing third, especially when two fast athletes beat you.

"This is my favourite run of the year and everyone looks like they're having a really good time."

Another Shettleston Harrier, Desta Negasi, finished second, coming in narrowly ahead of Robert in 30.39.

Other festivities throughout the day saw a 1K for children under 14 to run with their families, and their dads to mark Father's Day.

The 'Rascal Run', saw around 500 dads, mums and children joining in, with some dads pushing prams or carrying their kids on their shoulders around the course through the park.

Sarah McMillan, one of the event managers, was full of praise for the team behind the run and those involved in the family events.

She said: "It's been all go today -there's three main volunteers who help organise this and I'm one of them. We have had some wonderful volunteers who has helped us this year.

"Organising the 10k takes a lot of effort but it's worth it in the end.

"It's been a wonderful day, though I thought there would be a bit more sun, but we hope the kids enjoyed it as much as we did."

catriona.stewart@ eveningtimes.co.uk

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