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The first Men’s 10K took place in Glasgow 9 years ago. Started by the Men’s Health Forum Scotland as a focal point for raising awareness of men’s health issues; it has now positively touched the lives of over 30,000 men and is now a major event on both the running and health event calendars, attracting 4,000 men and growing each year!

Consistently around 40% of the men taking part have never entered a running event before and we intentionally promote the event to men who are new to physical activity or have been inactive for a while.

The life expectancy of a man in Scotland is, shockingly, still the lowest in Europe and 3 years less than in England and Wales. Suicide, in addition to other mental health problems, continues to be an issue of high significance to men in Scotland. Suicide is the biggest killer of young people (18-34) in Scotland and almost three out of four suicides are by men.

Our aim is to help change this, little by little – and the Men’s 10K is how we are doing it! It has already had a huge impact on many men’s lives. Some of them sign up to the event as an incentive to help get fit or to quit smoking or to lose weight. And as a result of taking part in the 10K have become new men!