THE Cumbernauld 10k is back, and hopefully it will be bigger than ever before.
The date for the diary, of North Lanarkshire’s biggest sporting event, is Sunday, 22nd September - two weeks later than in previous years.
Alongside the main 10k race there will also be the 3k race for S1 to S4 pupils and 1k runs for P5, 6 and 7 children.
For the first time, the final stage of all the races will be inside Broadwood Stadium where a host of entertainment and activities will take place – creating a grandstand atmosphere and finish for the runners.
Organised by North Lanarkshire Council and North Lanarkshire Leisure Ltd, the event is now in its seventh year and is growing in popularity. Last year saw over 1,000 people take part in the day’s races with hundreds more offering support and enjoying the family fun activities at the stadium.
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“The Cumbernauld 10k is a fantastic family event offering an opportunity for everyone to get involved in running,” said Councillor Jim Logue, Chairman of North Lanarkshire Leisure Ltd and Convener of the council’s Learning and Leisure Committee.
“It encourages an interest in sport in kids from P5 onwards, and gives them inspiration to see the elite athletes who compete in the 10k. And for adults who are maybe jogging to help get fitter, the race is a good incentive to aim for. It’s great to see the pride and sense of achievement on the faces of children and adults as they cross the finish line.”
The council and North Lanarkshire Leisure Ltd organise the event in partnership with NHS Lanarkshire and Campsies Centre Cumbernauld Ltd with support from Strathmore Spring Water and the Cumbernauld News and Kilsyth Chronicle.
Speaking at the launch of this year’s event, Councillor Allan Graham, Chair of the Campsies Centre, said: “The 10k has become a key date in Cumbernauld calendar and I know many local people enjoy taking part in their ‘home’ event. Our primary schools have risen to the challenge of having the most number of entrants in the 1k runs, while the 3k event last year attracted a record 123 young runners.
“I hope local residents will again support the race, by taking part or cheering on the runners.”
Participants will again be asked to make a donation to the event’s charity partners, the Scottish Spina Bifida Association and the Scottish Centre for Children with Motor Impairments.
To register for the race, go to www.q-busters.co.uk or call 01236 437756 and for more information visit www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk.
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