It's official, Cumbernauld 10k is the best race in the country...

The family-focused event saw off stiff competition from 21 others to be named Scotland's 10k of the year at the 2018 National Running Awards.

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Now in its twelfth year, the Cumbernauld 10k has become a firm favourite on the Scottish Athletics calendar.

Douglas Holmes, race organiser with North Lanarkshire Leisure, said: "In 2017 the number of entrants passed the one thousand mark for the first time, and its popularity led to it making the long list at the National Running Awards for the 10k of the Year in Scotland.

"After being named Scotland's 10k of the year we were then shortlisted among the final 12 regional winners across the UK for the national 10k of the year title.

"The event was named as the bronze prize winner at a ceremony, which took place in the O2 arena in London on 19 April."

The race was created in 2007 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Cumbernauld becoming a town. The inaugural event, which attracted 387 runners, was won by David Simpson in a time of 32:24mins with Shawna Eadie finishing top female in a time of 42:50mins.

A huge part of the event's appeal is the stadium start and finish at Broadwood which provides a unique experience for runners and also the free family activities which encourage the whole community to get involved.

Five time race winner Robert Gilroy from Hamilton, said: "The Cumbernauld 10k is an outstanding event and has really grown over the years to become a highlight of the athletics season. It offers something for all levels, from top-flight serious runners to people taking part in their first event."

The route passes the famous Barrs Irn Bru factory (which supplies the event with Strathmore Water) and the Campsies provide participants with a scenic backdrop to their run. The final section runs alongside Broadwood Loch before jubilant runners return to the stadium to be cheered on by family and friends.

Recent developments include the introduction of children's events which started as a 1k for the P5 to P7 year groups but has now been extended to include younger children in a 400m event.

There's also a toddler dash and a 3k event for high school children (S1-S4).

Cllr Jim Logue, Leader of North Lanarkshire Council, said: "The success of the Cumbernauld 10k has been built on a strong delivery team lead by North Lanarkshire Leisure and supported by various teams of staff throughout the council, Police Scotland, NHS Lanarkshire, Campsies Centre and Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland (SBHS).

"The forward thinking of this group has allowed the event to grow and to add additional elements in order to make it fully inclusive and accessible to everyone."

Over the years it has helped Cumbernauld based charity Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland to raise over £10,000.

And in 2014, the Victory mile walk was introduced to encourage families who are affected by Spina Bifida or Hydrocephalus to take part.

Other additions such as the jigsaw medal have been introduced to encourage participants to come along to our other events at Monkland's and Christmas Cracker 5k.

The record time is held by Robert Gilroy in a time of 31.25mins while Sandra Branney holds the women's record with 36.54mins.

This year's event will take place on Sunday 16 September and there are already over 900 people signed up.

So, don't miss your chance to take part in what is now officially Scotland's best 10k - sign up today at www.q-buster.co.uk/cumbernauld10k

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