The West Dunbartonshire Leisure 10K is a continuation of the highly popular Polaroid Eyewear Vale of Leven 10K, which was successfully organised and delivered for thirty years. West Dunbartonshire Leisure Trust is proud to be in a position to maintain the event and build on the legacy left by Polaroid Eyewear.
The event will take place on Saturday 2nd June starting in the Moss O’ Balloch site and will include the much loved school and pre-school age fun runs which are are open to all. The aim is to deliver a high quality, safe and well organised running experience that participants of all ages and abilities can enjoy.
WDLT is a charitable trust that has the responsibility to deliver leisure and sport services on behalf of West Dunbartonshire Council. Our Sports Development team has organised and delivered the Children’s Fun run for the last nineteen years with over six hundred children and their parents and grandparents enjoying running the route and finishing through the 10K inflatable gantry.
The Polaroid Eyewear 10K Series had grown since its first race in 1987 with around 100 runners, to up to 1,000 runners taking part in each race over the last of its 30 year run.
The series comprised of four 10K road races in May and June and set in the towns of Helensburgh, Clydebank, Dumbarton and the Vale of Leven, which were local to the Polaroid Eyewear Global Manufacturing and Distribution facility. The aim of the series was to provide a safe, well organised series of community running events that participants of all ages and abilities can enjoy.
Following the decision to close Polaroid Eyewear, the series assets have been passed to West Dunbartonshire Leisure Trust who are leading on the delivery of our Vale of Leven 10K. The event will continue to be supported by ex-Polaroid volunteers. The race is about participation - ordinary runners enjoying well organised and friendly events in West Dunbartonshire. We’d like you to enter this year, get motivated, crack on with the training and be part of this sensational event in the runner’s calendar.
The race series was first run in 1987 in collaboration between some enthusiasts in Polaroid and some local clubs, at that time the numbers were fairly small with Dumbarton attracting around 100 or so for a three lap course. Since then, the Polaroid Eyewear 10K Series grew, and we’ve seen over 1,000 runners taking part in each race in recent years. Last year we celebrated our 30 year anniversary with record numbers.
Vale of Leven winners over the years have included John Hanratty 1987, Peter Fleming 1990, Nat Muir 1991, Chris Robison 1993/94, Keith Anderson 1997/98, Kenyans Benson Masya 1999 & Stephen Ariga 2001. In 2000 local athlete Glen Stewart took the honours.
Our first female winner in 1987 was Melissa Wylie, other winners have included local athlete Janet McColl 1988/89, Sandra Branney has four wins under her belt in 1990/91/92 and 1996 as well as a 1st lady veteran in 1993 and 2000, English internationalist Heather Heasman won in 1997 with Scotland’s own Yvonne Murray-Mooney was successful in 1998.
Current course records include Keith Anderson’s 29:31 in 1997, Yvonne Murray-Mooney holds the ladies record with 34.04 in 1998. The men’s veteran record of 30:54 is held by Brian Kirkwood from 1995, however Tommy Murray was only 5 seconds outside it in 2001! The female veteran’s record is held by Sandra Branney in a time of 35:08 in 1993.
“See you at the races.”