Go on the run!

Carolside mums and parents running for the Keiran Mess foundation
Carolside mums and parents running for the Keiran Mess foundation

Among the 12,000 fit and philanthropic women pounding the southside streets this weekend will be 15 Carolside ladies.

Mums and teachers from the local primary school are taking part in the women’s 10K — the largest all-female race in the UK — when it returns to Bellahouston Park on Sunday.

Womens 10K Launch,Royal Concert Hall ,Buchanan St

Womens 10K Launch,Royal Concert Hall ,Buchanan St

They will be running in memory of Katy Wymant, a former pupil of the school who died tragically of a brain tumour in 2009.

Since then devastated parents, teachers and classmates have been tirelessly raising money for the Kieran Mess foundation and Cancer Research UK in her honour.

Last year, the local ladies raised more than £3,000 from their 10K effort alone.

One of the women taking on the challenge is Kelly Newall, a 27-year-old PE teacher at the school

She told The Extra: “There is lots of fundraising throughout the year and we all do whatever we can to help”.

Elite athletes from across the globe such as last year’s winner and women’s world cross country silver medallist Linet Masai of Kenya returns to Bellahouston Park and will join the local women.

As will Jill Smyllie — a 30-year-old primary teacher from Newton Mearns — who has been chosen as one of the “faces of the race” by Glasgow Life to help encourage others to sign up and make a difference.

Meanwhile, for those who have caught the running bug, the manager of Busby’s Cancer Research UK shop, Catriona Hunter is appealing to local women to come down and register for the Race for Life, a 5K on June 5, before applications close on May 15.

Mrs Hunter said: “It is a brilliant event so why not dig out your trainers, join the girls and get involved.

“It is a great day out and a fun way to support the charity. Next time you are in Clarkston just drop off at the shop and you can sign up there and then”.

Women of all ages can walk, jog or run the course in Glasgow Green to help raise much needed funds for our life-saving research.

People can also register online at www.race4life.org and in the charity’s Victoria Road shop.