After the cancellation of the race last year due to Covid-19, it was back to business for seven Ayr Seaforth senior athletes at the popular Roon the Toon 10k in Kilmarnock. With a field of over 1,100 runners taking part, and a large crowd cheering on the route, it made for a fantastic atmosphere. It isn’t too often that you run past a church with the bells chiming Chariots of Fire by Vangelis!
The strong field of runners and the great atmosphere lifted all the Seaforth athletes to produce some great times. Finishing 13th overall and in 1st Place in the Male over 40 category, Kenny Neill continued his impressive form to smash his PB set only 5 days earlier by 25 seconds finishing in a time of 32.39.
Well done to all Seaforth members who participated on the day…
A busy week of competition was started by this years CCL Land O’Burns 10k Road Race which took place last Wednesday and had an increase in entrants to over 300. This no doubt is in a large part due to the excellent sponsorship of the event given by CCL Logistics of Troon with increased cash prizes for the first 3 finishers in both the male and female categories, additional spot prizes and goodie bags being given to all participants.
Conditions on the night were excellent with dry, sunny weather being the order of the day for a race which starts on the sea front at Seafield then winds its way through Doonfoot & Alloway past Burns Cottage before coming to a conclusion within the Old Racecourse.
In the mens race it was Sean Chalmers of Inverness Harriers who took the title with a new course record of 31:17.5 followed by Stuart Gibson (31:58.7) of Cambuslang Harriers and Colin Whitby (34:49.9) of Irvine Running Club. The womens race also a new course record of 36:59.0 set by Toni McIntosh of Ayr Seaforth AC who was also 12th overall. Second place in the womens race went to Julie Beveridge (40:27.7) of Calderglen Harriers whilst third place went to Andreea Petrescu (41:43.1) who ran as unattached.
This years Indoor National Age Group Championships have been taking place over the last two weekends and Ayr Seaforth have been well represented throughout the age groups. A total of five medals were won by Seaforth athletes with U13 athlete Grace Dunlop excelling and taking home 2 medals. In the U13 age group Iona Hubbard took Gold in the 1500m and Grace Dunlop won Silver in 200m & Bronze in 60m. Senior woman Carolyn Harvey continued her National success taking Gold in the Triple Jump but it was an U15 athlete who shone brightest with Libby White taking part in her first ever Triple Jump. What makes Libby’s performance all the more incredible is that this was her first ever Triple Jump competition in which she fouled with her first attempt and then broke the Scottish Indoor Record for her age group with her first ever counting jump! Congratulations go to all medal winners from everyone at Ayr Seaforth.
Ayr Seaforth are delighted to announce that this years Land O’Burns 10k Road Race will once again be sponsored by CCL Logistics of Troon.
Alan Whiting, Head of Marketing at CCL Logistics has said “Over the years CCL has established good relationships within the local Ayrshire community and Ayr Seaforth is an important part of our community, making athletics available to people of all ages. We are delighted to once again sponsor this year’s Land of Burns 10K and wish all the athletes and the club the best of luck.”
There were 7 athletes from Ayr Seaforth competing at todays London marathon which was an excellent turnout for the club. In sweltering conditions all 7 completed the gruelling course with one, Ian Young, even doing this dressed as an Egyptian Pharaoh. Times for each athlete are shown below.
A fantastic turn out of 10 Seaforth athletes competed in the Kaim Hill Race (Fairlie) on Wednesday evening. In glorious Spring weather with views over the Firth of Clyde to the Islands and West Highlands , the 5.5 km Course involved an ascent of over 1100 feet through burns, bracken and marshland to the Trig Point at the Top and back down into Fairlie and the finishing line.
Hill Racing involves strength & stamina on the way up and speed & agility on the way down. Excellent performances were produced throughout the squad.
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.