20 years of running flat out

Event sponsors Martin Gallaher (Biggart Baillie LLP) and David Snape (Nuffield Health) flank Giffnock North's top young prospects including Luke Traynor (far right).

Event sponsors Martin Gallaher (Biggart Baillie LLP) and David Snape (Nuffield Health) flank Giffnock North's top young prospects including Luke Traynor (far right).

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THE Giffnock north running festival is making a return to Thursday evening for its 20th anniversary.

After a two-year trial switch to Sunday, the races will return to their natural weekday home on June 21.

On that day in Rouken Glen park, there will be a host of running events, including children’s races, a 5K fun run and a 10K that is challenging for even the most accomplished runner.

Luke Traynor, a former Mearns Castle pupil now studying at Glasgow Caledonian university, won the race in 2010 but came second last year.

This year, he hopes to win back his crown after losing out to Allan Adams of Shettleston last time round.

The Giffnock North star has been in fine form throughout 2012 and he impressed in the English capital last weekend where he picked up a BUCS championship bronze in the 10,000m race, taking Luke top of the British rankings at under-20.

The southside 10K will be Luke’s last big training race before the Olympic trials in Birmingham between June 22-24.

The promising runner told The Extra: “This is an extremely challenging 10K — definitely not one for getting a personal best time — so it’s perfect preparation for the trials”.

Event organiser Charlie McKie added: “Luke has been running incredibly well of late and he could really go far in athletics, so it will be a great opportunity for local people to come down and show their support or even compete alongside him.

“Although we tried moving the race to a Sunday, its natural home is definitely a Thursday so we should see a bigger turnout this year”.

All finishers of the 10K and 5K around picturesque Rouken Glen park will receive a T-shirt.

Entry can be made online at www.q-buster.co.uk or by completing an entry form obtainable at local libraries and sports centres.

This year, it is anticipated that over 500 runners will compete at the festival.

The Biggart Baillie 10K road race starts at 7.45pm in Rouken Glen park, before taking in many of the surrounding roads on the way, then reaching the finish line back in the park.

The 5K fun run is sponsored by Nuffield Health. More information can be found at www.giffnocknorth.co.uk.