Kids from across Scotland are being urged to get their dads to swap their remote control and game consoles in favour of their running shoes and sign up to take part in the Men’s Health Forum Scotland MHFS 10k for Men on Father’s Day (Sunday June 20).
With only four weeks to go until men of all running abilities from across Scotland will gather at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow, for what is set to be another fun filled day for both participants and spectators.
The event, which will kick off at 10:00am is the only men-only 10k in the UK and participant numbers have been growing year-on-year and this year, organisers hope to attract up to 5,000 entrants. Last year, over 3,000 men aged from 15 to 83 of all abilities from throughout Scotland took part in the event.
The MHFS is determined to get men thinking about the importance of improving their health for the better and wants to use the event to raise awareness of how simple lifestyle changes like increasing your activity levels by joining a men’s jogging group can have a really positive impact on their emotional and physical wellbeing.
Eva Asante, director for the Men’s Health Forum Scotland, said:
“The Men’s Health Forum Scotland want to encourage as many men from Scotland as possible to take part in the 10k for Men, whether they walk, jog or run.
“Last year’s event was a great success. However, we want men to come back again and encourage their friends and family members to undertake the challenge along with them. The buzz and excitement generated on the day is overwhelming, but it’s the health benefits of taking part in the event which make the whole process worthwhile.
“Men’s health in Scotland has historically had a poor record, but we at the Men’s Health Forum Scotland are committed to encouraging men to take responsibility for their health not just for their own sakes but for that of their families.”
Taking part in regular physical activity can have a significant preventative effect on many chronic diseases and disorders, including cancer and coronary heart disease, but the majority of Scots are not active enough to make a positive impact on their health. The MHFS 10K for Men and the Men's Jogging Network exist to support men in becoming more active, more often.
Breathing Space Scotland, the event partner for the MHFS 10k for Men, is a free and confidential phoneline service for any individual who is experiencing low mood or depression, specifically, but not exclusively, aimed at young men.
Tony McLaren, National Coordinator of Breathing Space Scotland, said:
“Breathing Space is delighted once more to sponsor the MHFS 10k for Men for the fifth year in a row. The race is a fun and rewarding way for men from around the country to help keep themselves not only physically well – but mentally well.
“Breathing Space encourages men to talk about how they're feeling, but also aims to help them find ways to boost mental wellbeing and recover from mental ill health. Physical activity can play a crucial role in both.
“We'd urge any man experiencing difficulty in his life not only to open up to someone close to them – or a phone line such as Breathing Space – but also to think about how exercise can benefit his experience of life.
“If you've never done a 10k before and are worried you'd struggle, the MHFS can give you advice. New runners of all ages and abilities join every year and make it across the finish line to cheers from the crowd.
“So why not get those trainers on, take some time out for yourself, and get jogging or walking on the road towards better physical and mental wellbeing?.”
To register for the Men’s Health Forum Scotland 10k for Men, visit www.mhfs10kformen.org Registration is open to men aged 15 or over.