For your good health

Gerry Gallacher and Johannes Parkkonen will both be taking part in the event alongside former Scotland rugby international Scott Hastings (centre).
Gerry Gallacher and Johannes Parkkonen will both be taking part in the event alongside former Scotland rugby international Scott Hastings (centre).

A PAIR of Scotland’s greatest ever rugby players are set to face off against each other in the Southside.

However, Gavin and Scott Hastings won’t be competing on a rugby pitch, instead, the brothers will be racing in the Men’s Health 10K at Bellahouston Park on Sunday June 17.

The race, which last year attracted more than 4,000 entrants, takes place on Fathers Day and aims to raise awareness of men’s health issues and encourage participation in physical activity.

Younger brother Scott, a centre who toured with the British Lions in 1989 and 1993, was on hand to officially launch the event at the Palace of Art at Bellahouston Park this week.

Scott told ExtraSport: “I am delighted to be involved with the MHFS 10k for Men and am looking forward to the event on Father’s day on June 17.

“Men rarely have the chance to talk about health but the Men’s 10K really helps raise awareness of how important men’s health is for all of us”.

The 65 times capped international added: “From fitness, to prostate cancer, to testicular cancer we can all benefit from speaking openly about our concerns, our reaction to dealing with health issues and through sport we can support each other”

Gavin, a former captain of both Scotland and the British and Irish Lions, is delighted to be able to take part.

He said: “As the race takes place on Fathers day it is great that both Scott and I are able to take part.

“ We are both fathers and as former sportsmen, we feel privileged to have the opportunity to encourage other men to take part in such a wonderful and inspirational event.”

Gavin added: “Sport is an area of life that transcends many boundaries and has the ability to connect with large numbers of people.

“This explains why the Men’s 10k is a fantastic way of raising awareness of the issue of men’s health, which is too often overlooked given the typical man’s reluctance to openly discuss their health.”

The race will help a number of charities, including prostate Scotland, The Stroke Association, Wobbly Williams and Yorkhill Children’s hospital.

To register for the 2012 Men’s Health Forum Scotland 10k for Men visit www.mens10k.com .