Twenty-twelve Cumbernauld 10k is most successful run yet

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 19:47 GMT on Friday, 14th September 2012.


THIS YEAR’S Cumbernauld 10k was the biggest and most successful yet, according to event organisers.

The event, which celebrated its sixth year, welcomed the highest number of entries for the race yet, with a total of 672 compared to 557 last year. Child participation was also a record high, with the number lining up for the 1k and 3k runs well over 1,000.

Crossing the line in first place was Andrew Dearie from Shettleston Athletics Club in a time of 32 minutes 10 seconds, with Robert Gilroy from Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers in second place and Martin Hayes from Victoria Park Club coming home third.

In the women's race, Shona Aiken from Central Athletics Club crossed the line first in 40 minutes 30 seconds. Runner-up was Angela Park from Perth Road Runners and third place went to Ruth Fraser-Moodie from Lenzie.

For the first time, supporters of the event's charity partners, the Scottish Spina Bifida Association and the Scottish Centre for Children with Motor Impairments took part in the Victory Mile.

Around 40 young people affected by spina bifida, hydrocephalus and cerebral palsy along with their friends and family completed the walk in and around Broadwood Stadium. They were also joined by members of the Watch Us Grow group, based at Palacerigg Country Park, which helps people with disabilities and mental health problems to develop new skills, confidence and self esteem.

The participants were led by wheelchair racer and Paralympic torch bearer Meggan Dawson Farrell who holds all the Scottish records from 800 metres upwards, including the marathon which she broke on her first attempt at the distance last April. She will be competing in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.

North Lanarkshire Provost Jim Robertson presented prizes to the winning runners and congratulated everyone involved on the success of the event: “Once again we have had a fantastic day in Cumbernauld with hundreds of runners turning taking part in the events. I'm very pleased to see the event continuing to grow every year, particularly as it is a great way of encouraging more children to get involved in sport.

“I would like to congratulate everyone who took part in our first ever Victory Mile on their achievement. It is inspiring to see the young people overcoming their disabilities to complete the challenge, and I hope the event will expand next year to enable others to take part.”

The 3k run for S1 to S4 pupils attracted a record entry of 123 in the third year of the event. In the boys' event Josh Devine from Our Lady's High School in Cumbernauld took first place, with Scott Munro of Cumbernauld High School in second and Connor Allan from Airdrie Academy in third place.

Roisin Smith from St Andrew's High School in Coatbridge took gold in the girls' run, followed home by Sophie Hall from Dalziel High School in Motherwell and Maura Frances Rodgers from St Aloysius High School, Glasgow.

Over 250 primary 5 to 7 children lined up for the series of 1k runs. The results were:

P5 boys: 1. Brodie Young from Chryston Primary School; 2. Calum Pettigrew-Smith from Cumbernauld Primary; 3. Michael Flynn from Cumbernauld Primary School.

P5 girls: 1. Emma Jeffrie from St Michael's Primary, Moodiesburn; 2. Saoirsa Ferguson, Holy Cross Primary in Croy; 3. Chloe Balfour of Eastfield Primary School in Cumbernauld.

P6 boys: 1. Calum Little from Cumbernauld Primary; 2. Dylan Elliott of Lairdsland Primary in Kirkintilloch; 3. Jacob Brown from St Joseph's Primary in Stepps.

P6 girls: 1. Lauren O'Neill from Glasgow Academy; 2. Carmen Durick from St Aloysius in Glasgow; 3. Hannah Wallace of Cumbernauld Primary.

P7 boys: 1. Lee Whitmore of Carbrain Primary in Cumbernauld; 2. Lewis Blain of Cumbernauld Primary; 3. Ayden McCormack of Cumbernauld Primary.

P7 girls: 1. Emma Walton of Kirktonholm Primary in East Kilbride; 2. Dion Ingram of Ladywell Primary in Motherwell; 3. Maureen McMenemy of St Patrick's Primary in New Stevenston.

The day is organised by North Lanarkshire Council, in partnership with North Lanarkshire Leisure Ltd, NHS Lanarkshire and Campsies Centre Cumbernauld Ltd with support from Strathmore Spring Water and the Cumbernauld News and Kilsyth Chronicle.