10k and 5k Races

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Basic info

Registration: Opens from 5:00 pm

Race Start Times:
5k – 6:30 pm
10k – 7:30 pm

Race HQ: Citadel Leisure Centre, S Harbour St, Ayr, KA7 1JB

All Race Numbers will be posted out after 20th August when entries close.

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Why Ayr Running Festival?

Visiting the Airshow? Or simply inspired to run a 5/10k in an amazing location? Had a great experience in 2017?

Then the new midweek Ayr Running Festival format is exactly what you need!!

These races are suitable for all abilities and are one of the flattest (if not the!!) in the UK and Ireland. Flat 5/10k, beautiful scenery and iconic historic buildings, a largely traffic free course run on amazing surfaces.  Add this to the accurately measured, SA licensed and live chip timed course, its impossible to find a reason why not to run?

The Brand New 5/10k courses with only 12m/24m climb.

The 5k is a 1 lap course and the 10k is a 2 lap course.  This new central race location will be great for spectators and also runners and coaches.  Each lap the runners will get their live split times which will provide useful info for runner’s future races or make for a great watching experience.


All pre-entry prices include booking fees, no more annoying additional fees, just one payment and away you race!


SA Club runners – £18
None SA Club runners – £20


SA Club runners – £12
None SA Club runners – £14

Optional extras:
Medal – £3.50
T-shirt – £9
Personalised T-shirt (name on the back) – £12
Both Medal and T-shirt – £11 (personalised T-shirt £13)

* You must know you SA number in order to get you an affiliate discount. ARC clubs are classified as unattached in SA certified races.

Prices include all booking fees, including chip timing with results available literally as you finish.

Online Entry

Free Elite Places

Available to any runner who has qualifying times under the following within the last 2 years (please provide screenshots or links to details of qualifying times). Contact us on jacek[at]cannonballevents.co.uk.


Men – sub 32:00
Women – sub 36.30


Men – sub 15.30
Women – sub 17:45

Free professional race photos

2017 T-shirt below (2018 design will follow shortly)

What's Included

  • Personalised Race Number with timing chip already attached (no queues needed on the day!!)
  • Live chip timing, including 5k splits, gun and chip time.
  • Race Multifunctional Headwear (see photo below).
  • Goody bag including water, snack and sponsors goodies.
  • Fully marshalled, signed, measured and licensed courses.
  • Amazing prizes including several spot prizes.
  • Free professional race photos.

Add this race to your club Grand Prix / Calendar and we will give each club member a 10% discount (applied by simply using the clubs name on entry), contact us on jacek[at]cannonballevents.co.uk to setup.


1st £100 cash, 2nd  £70 voucher, 3rd  £50 voucher

Age Category prizes (includes u23 and then vet 35 up to vet 70)
£15 vouchers

Team prizes (3 same sex from one club to count)
3 x £10 vouchers

Corporate / None Club prizes  (3 runners to count)
3 x £10 vouchers

1st £60 voucher, 2nd  £40 voucher, 3rd  £25 voucher

Age Category prizes (includes u23 and then vet 35 up to vet 70)
£10 vouchers

Team prizes (3 same sex from one club to count)
3 x £10 vouchers

Corporate / None Club prizes  (3 runners to count)
3 x £10 vouchers


Official Race Charity, donations are made based on each entry.


Do you have 2 or more friends who fancy a challenge? Why not enter a non-running club team?

The first team 3 members of your team to cross the line will count towards a prize for the fastest non-running club team. This is a great opportunity for your gym, school, college, workplace, football club or just a group of friends to win a prize. There are no limits on how many members in your teams and you could even enter A, B, C teams etc. You simply enter your non-running club team name upon entry.

Like the timing and organising services we offer? Why not let us organise your club/ charity event?

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Sick of paying too much for your race mementoes? See here for our value alternatives.

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2017 Results


Women's Records

Record set on the old course

10k – Jessica Martin 38:54
(Shettleston Harriers)


Men's Records

Record set on the old course

10k – Philip Cooper 34:11
(Hallamshire Harriers Sheffield)


Historical Results

Other Results


Route description

The 5k loop is repeated twice for the 10k so please see the route description below.

The race starts are outside the Citadele path. Runners run on the road for approximately 600m before joining the wide coastal path (The historic Lang Scots Mile path). After 1 straight mile, you take a left turn and then a sweeping right at the roundabout onto Seafield Drive.  Straight down this road to reach an adjoining path to the Esplanade path, taking a right onto the straight path eventually joining the original race route for about 1.5 miles. Here you will go through the finish funnel and run to a turn point just further down the jetty road, turning and then finishing under the gantry (or If doing the 10k repeating the loop).

Stay and Play in Ayr

The location is truly stunning and makes for a fantastic weekend festival, great for all the family.

For accommodation and places to visit go to www.visitscotland.com

Historic and places of interest include:

Ayr Running Festival 2017 Highlights


Oficially course measured and insured by runbritain license.