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Glasgow Men's 10k sees thousands run from West End to city centre

Thousands take part in Glasgow Men's 10k event from the Riverside to the city centre.

T housands of competitors have given their all to take part in the 11th Glasgow Men's 10k.

The event again acted as a perfect catalyst for addressing the issues of men’s health and wellbeing.

Conditions were dry if a little muggy and humid, with hundreds of bystanders, family and friends cheering on the runners over the course of the route.

Runners, many of them fathers celebrating Fathers' Day and spurred on by their children, set off in several waves from the Riverside Museum at 10am.

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Watch. Thousands of runners took part in the 11th Glasgow Men's 10k event.

They made their way east in to the city centre via the Clyde Expressway and the Broomielaw before heading along Buchanan Street, through George Square and into Glasgow Green.

Runners then returned to George Square on the final leg of the race to cheering crowds and the finishing line.

Start: Runners set off from the Riverside Museum.

Road: The course took the runners along the Clyde Expressway.

On route, runners went past landmarks such as the SECC Auditorium, The Hydro Arena, the Tradeston or Squiggly Bridge and Glasgow Central Station.

A mixed field saw serious athletes pitch against charity runners and many men doing a 10k for the first time.

On song: The Hydro arena was one of the landmarks along the way.

The 10K race was officially started by Jay Semple who was nominated by his friend Christopher Quinn.

Jay is registered blind and runs with a guide runner, but this didn’t stop him starting the event and then proceeding to run the 10K himself.

He pressed the starter horn at 10am and then joined his running group to complete the route with his friends.

Event Director Neil Kilgour said: “The Men’s 10K plays such an important role in Scotland, inspiring thousands of men of all ages and abilities to get that little bit fitter.

"This year’s route was probably the best yet, taking in all of Glasgow’s iconic sights such as the Hydro, the Science Centre and the SECC, crossing over the Clyde via the Tradeston Bridge and finishing in George Square.”

“It was an incredible atmosphere generated by runners and supporters.”

Charity: Many of the runners were raising money for good causes.

The event threw up countless stories from ordinary men doing extraordinary things.

John Roach ran in honour of his son Calum, who was recently diagnosed with Autism.

John uses running as a coping mechanism and a way to vent his frustration of being unable to help his son.

Relatively new to running, John’s first outing was a self-professed disaster; he vomited after one mile.

Since then John has tackled several races including half marathons and one full marathon, raising funds and awareness of Autism.

He now says that running is “part of my life” and he has plenty of races planned this year.

Crowds: Shoppers in Buchanan Street stopped to watch the spectacle.

Elsewhere, Bryan Morrison was running for a charity called SiMBA who give out memory boxes to parents who have recently experienced a stillborn baby.

In July 2003, Bryan and his wife were unfortunate enough to have this experience first-hand.

SiMBA was set up in 2005 by a nurse called Sara Fitzsimmons who wanted to give these parents more.

Finally, Scott Sweeney ran the Glasgow Men’s 10K for the Scottish Network for Arthritis in Children (SNAC) after his youngest son Liam was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis earlier this year.

Scott decided to run for SNAC after they had helped give some advice for Liam’s condition and he saw what great work they do.

The fact it was Father’s Day no doubt made Scott’s 10K run all the more special.

Home and dry: Runners head into George Square for the finish.

Neil Kilgour added: “Congratulations to everyone who took part - you all fully deserved your commemorative medal and goody bag.

"I am really proud of the fact that these men have acted and made positive change in their lives.

"They pulled the trainers on and made a difference not only in their lives but also that of their family and friends. They should walk tall once they’ve crossed that finish line.”

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