A 10k running event aimed at raising awareness of men’s health issues takes place in Edinburgh this Sunday as it celebrates its 10th year.
The Men’s 10K began in Glasgow on the initiative of Men’s Health Forum Scotland and now has events in Edinburgh and London, with this year’s Edinburgh run being organised by GSi Events Ltd.
Since the first run in 2006, more than 4,000 men have taken part and the event has positively impacted the lives of more than 30,000 men.
Annette Drummond, sales and marketing manager of GSi Events Ltd, said: “The life expectancy of men in Scotland is the lowest in Europe, and worryingly is three years less than in England and Wales.
“Mental health problems are also a significant issue amongst men, with almost three out of four suicides in the age category of 18 to 34 in Scotland being men. This has to change.
“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.
“Running a 10K is a great challenge for anyone, whether they are just starting out or already take part in regular sport.
“The benefits of exercise are universally accepted, but in the UK, we quite simply don’t do enough of it. So we say to Scotland’s men stop saying ‘I could’, ‘maybe’ and ‘I might’ – take control of your life and create some positive change.”
The Men’s 10K organisers say that consistently 40 per cent of the men taking part in their events have never entered a running event before, and that they intentionally promote the event to men who are new to physical activity or have been inactive for a while.
This Sunday’s run begins on the Royal Mile at 10am and finishes at BT Murrayfield Stadium.
Runners and spectators are advised that the Forth Road Bridge will be closed on Sunday 1st November and open for local access only due to the part closure of the A90 and M90 (M9 Spur) in places.