British international athlete Luke Traynor recorded the fastest time for a road 10k by a Scot for more than two years in a record breaking run in Glasgow on Friday night.

Traynor’s official time of 28:32 at the Brian Goodwin Memorial 10k moves him to third in the all-time Scottish rankings over the distance, behind Allister Hutton’s 28:13 set in 1984 and Andy Butchart’s 28:28 at the London 10,000 in May 2016.

Traynor’s time also represented a 42-second course record, eclipsing Callum Hawkins’ 2017 time at Bellahouston Harriers’ flagship event – itself the fastest 10k time on the road by a Scot anywhere in the world last year.

“I wanted to shoot for 29 minutes so I set out at the pace, but I picked it up in the second half – I just felt great,” Traynor said. “I only started to feel it in the last couple of kilometres. I knew if I worked hard up the second hill and got to the 7k mark I could grind it out from there.”

The Giffnock North AC runner is now targeting a quick time in the 5000 metres on the track at the Morton Games in Ireland on July 19 – a time that would meet the ‘A’ standard needed to qualify for the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team for the European Championships in Berlin the following month.

“I want to go for 13:30 in Ireland, so from here it is back to the track training. I will pull back the mileage a bit and get into the sessions,” he said.

Without a coach for the past couple of months and still without a sponsor, Traynor has been training back in the UK after a winter spent with Mammoth Track Club in California. However, his mix of “consistent mileage, good sleep, not working and living at home” is reaping benefits.

“This proves that what I am doing is working. I am using racing to earn money. I do not need bundles of money, but sponsorship would help with the little things like getting fresh trainers, regular massages and physio treatment,” Traynor said.