21 Jan

Under starter's orders for new Ayr racecourse 5 mile event

Luke Traynor with medal at Ayr racecouse finish line

The event rush continues in Ayrshire with details of a new 5 mile race to be staged at Ayr race course on Sunday 6 October. The Ayr Classic Run is part of the new UK-wide series of races staged at iconic horse racing venues. The English events are at Aintree, Cheltenham and Newmarket.

Organisers say that with no jumps to navigate, the going is guaranteed to be good on an Ayr route that follows a pathed circuit around the one-and-a-half-mile course.

Entries are now open for an event that is expected to attract a four figure field for the showpiece five-mile event, the 3k junior run and the family mile. There's free admission to the racecourse for family and friends so runners can expect enthusiastic support. And with some great entertainment, there will be no shortage of noise and atmosphere on race day.

Top UK runners Eilish McColgan and Luke Traynor, who have signed up as ambassadors for the Classic Series, reckon Ayr will pull in everyone from elite runners to absolute beginners.

Eilish, who won European 5000m silver last year, said: “This is a brilliant idea to get all the family involved in a new series of runs at exciting new venues. And I know some runners will be keen to be the first to do all four venues.”

Team GB athlete Luke, who has his sights set on marathon glory at Toyko 2020, added: “There is something special about running around such a historic sporting venue. It’s been done before on motor-racing circuits but this is a first for a race-course like Ayr.

"The Classic Series team has worked hard to create courses to accommodate all abilities and ages. While the five-miler is the headline event, we expect a big entry for the junior and family races. “

The new 4-event series is the brainchild of former chief executive of the Great Run Company and former chair of Scottish Athletics, Mark Hollinshead. Mark said: "The Classic Run Series is a unique set of innovative running experiences for all the family. We will attract fun runners, fitness fanatics, fundraisers and club runners alike."

Find out more about the Ayre race and the other UK events at Classic Run Series website.

Image shows Luke Traynor at Ayr racecourse