A Larbert sports student has received a prestigious award for his success in the Strathcarron 10k.
Cameron Joyce, currently studying NQ Sport and Fitness at New College Lanarkshire’s Broadwood Campus, has been presented with the Strathcarron Fun Run Shield for being the first school-age runner to finish this year’s race, with a time of 50:58.
The shield was presented to Cameron and the College by former MP, Dennis Canavan, who presents the shield alongside the Paul Canavan Memorial Cup, in memory of his son Paul who died aged just 16 in 1989 after losing his fight with skin cancer and spent his final weeks in Strathcarron Hospice.
Dennis said: “The shield is 30 years old now and there are some illustrious previous winners of the shield and I hope that Cameron will follow in their footsteps. Previous winners include Ross Houston who ran for Scotland in the Commonwealth Games and Andrew Butchart who ran in the 2016 Olympics and is likely to be running in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Andrew is currently the British Champion over 5k.
“We hope Cameron’s success will encourage others his age to get involved, regardless of whether you’re running for fun or a serious athlete as the main reason for running is to raise money for Strathcarron Hospice.
“The Hospice needs between £4-5 million per year to operate, around £13k per day in running costs. The fundraising team need to hold various fundraising events, and the 10k is one of the longest running events.”
Cameron studies at the New College Lanarkshire’s specialist sports campus, learning about subjects including cardiovascular training, nutrition, coaching practice and rules and regulations of various sports, with the hope of progressing his studies at the College on the HND in Coaching or Fitness next year.
The former Cumbernauld Academy pupil said: “I enjoy running and competing in races as I like to keep fit and this a good way to do that.
“I was really proud of myself when I found out I’d won the shield as I achieved something from my hobby.
“I really enjoy my course at college, especially the fitness aspect. I’d like to continue studying at the Broadwood Campus with the hope of getting into Personal Training when I finish.”
Todd Lumsden, Curriculum and Quality Leader for Sports and Fitness at New College Lanarkshire’s Broadwood Campus, said: “It is a great achievement for Cameron, to finish first in the race and be acknowledged with such a prestigious award. He trains hard and this shows what you can achieve when you apply yourself in the right way.”
The Strathcarron 10k takes place annually at the University of Stirling, offering over 400 runners of all abilities a scenic multi-terrain route while raising vital funds for the Hospice, which provides care and support to over 1,400 with life-limiting illnesses or conditions at a time when both they and their family need it most.
Claire Kennedy, Community Fundraiser from Strathcarron Hospice, said: “We are delighted to present this award to Cameron. It is a fantastic achievement and I hope it will lead to good things – just like for Andrew Butchart who is named on the shield in 20007 and 2008 who is currently the UK's fastest 5K runner.
“Strathcarron Hospice is privileged to provide specialist care, love and support completely free of charge for patients and their families. To enable us to do this we rely on charitable giving from supporters to cover the daily costs of £12,900.
“We organise this race to raise vital funds for the Hospice and we are incredibly grateful to everyone involved. Without people like Cameron signing up, asking their friends and family to sponsor them and taking part, we could not continue to provide endless care, love and support to local people living with, and dying from, a terminal illness in Forth Valley, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth.”
New College Lanarkshire offers a range of sports and fitness courses. For more information, visit: https://www.nclanarkshire.ac.uk/courses/sport
For more information about Strathcarron Hospice and the work they do, visit: https://www.strathcarronhospice.net/