Thousands of men hit the streets for charity

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MORE than 3,100 men have reason to be proud of themselves this week after taking part in Sunday’s men’s 10K.

Meanwhile, more than 350 youngsters laced up their running shoes in the inaugural one kilometre rascal run to allow the runners to enjoy a father’s day run with their children.

In the process, thousands of pounds were raised for worthwhile causes, such as the event’s main charity sponsor, Yorkhill children’s foundation.

However, despite the success of the race, its future continues to be in doubt given lack of funding.

Sarah McMilllan, from Men’s Health Forum Scotland, said: “We will work hard to try to ensure the Men’s 10k returns next year but in order for that to happen we need the help of sponsors and funding bodies.

“Hopefully the success of this year’s event will once again show just how important the Men’s 10k is for the health and wellbeing of thousands of men”.

Robert Harvey, a 36-year-old prop for Cartha rugby club rans his first 10K on Sunday.

He told The Extra: “I am still overwhelmed. It was such a great day, my heart was pounding at the start line and I never thought there was any-other sport would do that for me except rugby. I have already signed up for the paisley 10k”.

A Newton Mearns-based MSP also took part in the Bellahouston Park race. In the process, Humza Yousaf raised funds forGreater Pollok Carers Centre, a Princess Royal Trust for Carers centre in his constituency of Glasgow.

 Mr Yousaf said:“I’m sure that the exhaustion I felt afterwards is nothing compared to how carers feel at the end of each day.

 “I’d like to thank all of Scotland’s carers for everything that they do — we would be lost without you.”

Stephen Morrison, a 40-year-old civil servant from Langside, commented on The Extra’s Facebook page: “Thankfully I am feeling great and even managed a Personal Best. Great day, great race and the Rascal Run was fun.”