The date of Helensburgh's much-anticipated 10K race next year has been confirmed after sponsors Babcock renewed their backing of the three-race series.

The Helensburgh race will take place at Hermitage Academy on Thursday, May 10, with the second race in the series being run at Dumbarton Academy on Thursday, May 17 and the third at Glasgow Green on Sunday, May 27.

The events, jointly organised by Helensburgh Athletics Club, Dumbarton Athletics Club and Shettleston Harriers, have also teamed up with AG Barr’s Strathmore Water brand.

They will help keep the runners hydrated and refreshed with over 8,000 bottles of water and Newcastle’s specialist running brands Start Fitness and More Mile, who will provide prize vouchers, series technical t-shirts, goody bags and dozens of spot prizes.

More than £3,000 in prizes will be on offer across the series. StuWeb will provide chip timing and real time results for all runners.

Running Imp will be producing a unique series of commemorative medals for all finishers, featuring local iconic sights.

Wayney Ghebresilassie from Shettleston is expected to defend all three titles he won last year, which culminated in a stunning 30 mins 11 secs performance at the final on Glasgow Green, missing the sub-30 bonus by a narrow margin.

Clubmate and Irish international, Fionuala Ross went one better in dipping under the women’s bonus time of 34.30 with a series record of 34.25.

Helensburgh race director and series chairman Kevin Johnson said: “We are absolutely delighted that Babcock have made a continued commitment to the Babcock 10k Series, building upon the success of last year.

“We expect to have close to a thousand runners in each race next year and have launched an attractive series entry fee of £40 for all three races for affiliated runners and £46 for unaffiliated runners. Individual races are £18.50 and £20.50 respectively.”

Entries are now open at entrycentral.com, with the series entry fee at £40 for all three races for affiliated runners, £46 if you aren’t.

Individual races are prices at £18.50 for affiliated runners, and £20.50 for non-affiliated runners.

Babcock Clyde’s managing director Simon Foster said: “We were impressed at the level of community and employee engagement the series delivered in it’s first year and we intend to build upon that in 2018.

"We will be announcing some exciting new initiatives on the back of the series in due course but Team Babcock will continue even bigger and better than last year.”

Olympian, Derek Hawkins will be preparing a training programme for our readers, just as in 2017, and there will be opportunities in the coming months to join Derek for local training sessions.