Tis the season to get fit

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The 10K season is truly upon us with June the biggest month in the southside’s running calender.

This Sunday, on Fathers’ day,  more than 4,000 men will club together to raise over £400,000 for charity while tackling the challenge of a difficult 10K around Bellahouston and Pollok Parks.

The event is now in its seventh year, growing bigger and better each time since the inaugural race in June 2006.  

A number of southsiders will be running, including Alistair McKeown, a 33-year-old from Giffnock.

He told The Extra: “I am running in memory of my two-year-old daughter Rebecca, who died of meningitis in Robin House hospice.

“I hope to give something back and any money raised will go towards the Rebecca Rocks JustGiving page, which pays for kids from Robin House to go to gigs, shows and concerts around Scotland”.

The race starts at 10am.

Meanwhile on Thursday, the Giffnock North AAC running festival returns to its successful Thursday evening format for 2012.

Next Thursday (June 21), runners will stretch their legs around the picturesque Rouken Glen park for a 5K fun run and the Biggart Baillie 10K road race, which starts at 7.45pm.

For more information visit Giffnock North.

The following day, local club Bellahouston Harriers are hosting their annual 10k memorial race in Pollok Park at 7.30pm.

All runners will recieve a goody bag, medal and a free barbecue.

The race, now in its fourth year, was inaugurated in the memory of Brian Goodwin a former president of the club and official within Scottish Athletics who died prematurely.

All standards of runners are welcome and the course through the park takes in some of the best sights. This year for the first time an inter-race prize will be awarded to the first runner to reach the Hairy Moo Marker, about one mile into the race.

This is when the highland cows are passed – a major feature of the park and of the race.

Bellahouston Harrier chairman Iain Burke told The Extra: “On this, the longest day of the year, we welcome everyone young or old, new to running or experienced to join us in what will be a great night out.

“Entries can be online or by post. We are also accepting limited entries on the night, subject to race capacity (350) not being reached”.

Enter at Brian Goodwin 10K.