This years TamFest 5k Family Fun run took place on Sunday to start the days celebrations. Those taking part had the privilege of running down Ayr High Street which was devoid of traffic on a route which took them down the High Street before turning along the River Ayr from New Bridge to Ayr Fire Station then turning back towards the High Street via Mill Street with this loop being done twice. The overall inner on the day was Steven Lawley with a time of 17:12 and the first female home was Janine Dickie in 19:48. All proceeds on the day are being donated to The National Autistic Society.
This years CCL Land O’Burns 10k Road Race took place in near perfect conditions last Wednesday. Almost 250 runners took part with the race being started by Max Wojtowicz, Digital Marketing Manager of race sponsors CCL Logistics of Troon. The route takes runners along Ayr seafront towards Doonfoot after which they pass through Doonfoot & Alloway before passing Burns Cottage on their way back to the finish line within the Old Racecourse at Seafield. As well as increased prize money being on offer there were numerous spot prizes given out at the finish line. First home and taking the mens race was Richard Mair of Kilmarnock Harrier & Athletic Club with Ruth Joss of Shettleston Harriers taking the womens race. The full race results can be found using the following link RESULTS
It has been a busy weekend for members of the Ayr Seaforth Road Race section with several in action at various locations around Britain. On Saturday Tim Downie completed the John Muir Way Trail Ultra Marathon which is a 50km ultra race that primarily takes place along The John Muir Way in East Lothian navigating through places such as Gullane & North Berwick before finishing in Dunbar. Tim was one of 165 runners who took part and he completed the 50km course in a creditable 5hrs 21mins.
Next up was Laurence Baker who also competed on Saturday but this time in a slightly longer race, namely the Glasgow to Edinburgh Ultra Marathon. This is a 55 mile race which starts in Ruchill Park, Glasgow and follows a course along both the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals before taking in the Antonine Wall & Falkirk Wheel before the finish in Edinburgh Key. A truly daunting prospect for most but Laurence completed the course in 10hrs 38mins.
On Sunday 3 athletes took part in this years Manchester Marathon. John Ross and George Ross both completed the 26 miles in 2:58.05 followed by Stephen McDowall in 3:15.34.
Also running was Janice McKellar in the Tom Scott 10 mile race. This race takes place on paths around Strathclyde Loch and Janice completed the 10 miles in 1:29.28.
3 members of Ayr Seaforth were amongst nearly 400 runners who set off on 5th November for the sixth staging of the Glen Ogle 33 mile ultra marathon. The course started and finished in Killin, and undulates through the Stirlingshire countryside with 2,700 ft of ascent.
The Seaforth team acquitted themselves well with Kevin Bloy first home in 4 hrs 40 (35th place) followed by Davie Jones (5.15 – 87th) and Scott McIntosh (5.55 – 190th).
This years TamFest 5k Fun Run was organised by Ayr Seaforth with the race starting and finishing in Ayr High Street, after leaving the High Street runners crossed the River Ayr then followed a route taking them along the river to the Fire Station and back to the High Street for a second lap of the course. Several competitors took the occasion to heart running in fancy dress outfits but it was runners wearing the colours of Ayr Seaforth who took the honours with U17 Declan McGhee winning the male race and U15 Rosie Davidson taking the female race. All proceeds received from the race entries are being donated to the Aberlour Child Care Trust in Prestwick. Full results for all runners can be found below:-