The big jog slog

David Phee will be battling it out with Luke Traynor to win the rouken glen 10K
David Phee will be battling it out with Luke Traynor to win the rouken glen 10K

AS IF the Rouken Glen 10K was not difficult enough, a group of young thespians are set to run it three legged.

Eastwood park youth theatre group are taking on the challenge to raise money for their trip to the national youth theatre festival in July in Glenrothes.

A team from the avenue will be competing in the 10K

A team from the avenue will be competing in the 10K

They will be performing their adaptation of Glasgow tales, which featured at Eastwood park theatre in March.

Charlotte Allan is the director and she will be leading by example, as a member of one of the three-legged pairs.

She told The Extra: “The festival will be an amazing learning experience for the actors, but we need to raise at least £500 to go.

“That’s why we needed a challenge to convince people to sponsor us. It will certainly be tough, I think we’ll be crawling by the end”.

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Taking the easy way out by just running on two legs will be council press officer Lynn Macadam, who was convinced to take part by flying Scotswoman, Freya Murray at the launch of running festival 10 week training programme.

A first time runner, the 42-year-old has been updating her training woes on an online blog at www.thejogslobblog.wordpress.com.

Lynn said: “I was partly cajoled into it by, I hope I will be able to run it in less than 24 hours but I have been struggling with the flu in the last week.

“I just hope they won’t have all packed up by the time I finish”.

Luke Traynor being presented last year's trophy by Provost Alex Mackie

Luke Traynor being presented last year's trophy by Provost Alex Mackie

Michelle McCabe, centre manager at The Avenue is running, together with 30 retailers from the centre to raise funds for Cash for Kids.

She said: “This run is a great way to show our team spirit and willingness to come together to raise funds for a good cause”.

Last year’s winner, 17-year-old, Luke Traynor, sixth year Mearns Castle student, ran for the first time in 2008 without ever having done any training or running before.

Completing what is considered to be one of the toughest 10k’s in Scotland, Luke finished in a time of 41 minutes.

SFGS Eastwood youth theatre members GH

SFGS Eastwood youth theatre members GH

Luke has been training for three years now and runs eight times a week, covering approximately 50 miles.

Last year Luke came first with a chip time of 33.26 minutes.

Luke says, “I am aiming to better my time from last year.

“I run regularly with Giffnock North and the Greaves running festival is a regular training route for me.

“I am totally addicted to running”.

Now in its 19th year, the kid’s races start at 10am and the 5K fun run at 11am. Scotland’s toughest 10K starts at midday”.