Pollok Park rang to the sound of happy feet!

British Heart Foundation Winter Warmer, Pollok Park
British Heart Foundation Winter Warmer, Pollok Park

Pollok Country Park was the picturesque setting for the British Heart Foundation’s Scotland’s Glasgow Winter Warmer on St Valentine’s Day.

Around 700 people of all ages and abilities took time out to walk, jog or run either the 5 or 10k around the park to raise funds for world-leading heart research, much of which is taking place in Glasgow.

There was a great atmosphere on a glorious sunny, chilly day and many of the participants came along with family or even their four-legged friends.

With a choice of 5k or 10k routes, the event was ideal for all levels of fitness and participants were asked to raise sponsorship money to support the fight for every heartbeat.

BHF Scotland’s local Fundraising Manager, Nina Coy, said: “The park was a sea of walkers and runners in red t-shirts, many of whom were tackling the challenge for the very first time.

“Thanks to their determination, we’re raising vital funds to power our life saving research. We currently fund over £19 million worth of research into cardiovascular disease here in Glasgow and we can only make that happen thanks to the people who raise money for us.”

The race last week had been postponed from November 2015 due to the course being flooded.

Nina commented further saying: “We were delighted to see so many people come along to our Winter Warmer on Valentine’s Day – particularly as many of them were taking part to remember or celebrate loved ones affected by heart disease.

“We’re really grateful to all our runners, joggers and walkers, and to the supporters who came along and helped create such a special atmosphere. They’re all winners. Everyone seems to have had a great day, and we’re expecting this event to raise more than £15,000 to help us continue our life saving research.”