Nigel Barge 10K Runners

Barging Back In 2024

Barge into this classic 10K road race in January 2024...

Kick off the 2024 race season in style by entering one of Glasgow's oldest, most iconic races. First run in 1943, the Nigel Barge Memorial 10K will return for its 81st outing on 21 January.

Speaking about the event's enduring presence on the Scottish race calendar, a spokesperson from Maryhill Harriers said: "Our 10K road race is one of the oldest races in the local calendar, it was first run in January 1943 and we try to keep it as one of the first races to welcome in the New Year. In 2023, we celebrated our 80th anniversary with a sold out event. We are delighted to return for 2024."

The race commemorates Nigel Barge who was killed in action in Dunkirk during World War II. Nigel was an outstanding officer who trained as a Royal Engineer and came top of his class at Woolwich. As well as a licensed pilot, he was a keen athlete and outstanding runner. Nigel’s father was Kenneth Barge, late of the Bengal Lancers and member of the committee of Maryhill Harriers.

The Barge started life as a 5 mile road race and has had a long and formidable history in which every top endurance runner in Scotland took part in it at one time or another. These days, the 10K race is a classic 2-lap course starting and finishing within the grounds of the Garscube Kelvin Campus estate in Glasgow. The route is entirely on tarmac path and roads.

This year’s race saw 326 participants taking part - a much larger contingent than the previous year! Seyd Taha Ghafari of Shettleston Harriers was the winner in a time of 30:47 while first female was Meredith Reid of Inverclyde AC in 34:12.

In 2024, prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place male and female, as well as age group prizes. There will also be a whisky prize for the traditional 'King and Queen of the Hill' award for the first runners to scale the Vet School hill.

If you’d like to know more, visit the Maryhill Harriers website.

Image: Maryhill Harriers/Chris Gunn

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