Ayr Racecourse in Scotland is breaking with 112 years of tradition to launch its first race meeting – without a horse. The Ayr Classic Run on 6 October 2019 joins the new Classic Run Series in the UK, where human runners of all abilities and ages compete on horse racing courses.
A Classic Run Series release noted that ‘With no jumps to navigate, the going is guaranteed be good as the route follows a pathed circuit around the one-and-a-half-mile course [at Ayr]. Thousands are expected to sign up for the historic run when entries open today for the showpiece five-mile event, the 3k junior run and the family mile.
There is free admission to the race course in XXXXXX for friends and family plus some entertainment for all present. Ayr joins Cheltenham, Aintree and Newmarket as the latest racecourse to turn over its track to athletics.
Elite runners Eilish McColgan and Luke Traynor have signed up as ambassadors for the Classic Run Series. 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 Tokyo 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.
“We spent time working out courses to accommodate all abilities and all ages. While the five-miler is the headline event, we expect a big entry for the junior and family races.“
David Brown, Ayr Racecourse Managing Director, said his team is gearing up for a big crowd to cheer on the runners on October 6. He said “We are delighted to host the inaugural Ayr Classic 5 Mile Run which reinforces our reputation as a five-star venue.
“The Ayr Classic Run is a great opportunity for all runners, from beginners to elite, to relish the unique experience of running around an iconic course with their families cheering them on. “We are already home to race classics such as The Coral Scottish Grand National and William Hill Ayr Gold Cup. The Ayr Classic Run is a wonderful addition.”
Mark Hollinshead, CEO of event organiser Hollicom Events, said “The Classic Run Series is a unique set of innovative running experiences for all the family. The centrepiece event at each racecourse will attract fun runners, fitness fanatics, fundraisers and club runners alike. It reflects our mantra – running for all.”