On your marks and get set for Roon the Toon 2017

On Sunday 11 June 1500 runners will be taking part in Kilmarnock’s 10k closed road race, Roon the Toon.

The main race will start at the Ayrshire Athletics Arena, Queens Drive at 10am.

An invitational wheelchair race featuring world number one Sammi Kinghorn will start just two minutes earlier with the ultra fast competitors expecting to finish the course in under 25 minutes.

This year’s winning times for Roon the Toon are also expected to be very fast. The race incorporates the West of Scotland 10k Championships so intense competition is expected from the club runners setting the pace at the front.

Behind the breakaway group there will be runners of all levels of fitness taking part in the race. Some runners are raising money for their chosen charity, running in memory of a departed loved one or as a personal challenge.

While 75% of the runners are from Ayrshire, and most of those from the Kilmarnock area; two runners, Bruce Macknight and Meg Welch are from Syracuse, New York and are touring Scotland to celebrate Meg’s 50th birthday.

They are both members of Syracuse Track Club and keen runners. So keen in fact that they searched for a 10k they could take part in to mark Meg’s big day and chose Roon the Toon.

The Kilmarnock Harriers have made sure that Meg will be number one on her birthday by issuing her with bib number one. Give her a cheer if you see her on Sunday.

The runners will start from the Ayrshire Athletics Arena and the course will follow:

Queens Drive – Welbeck Street – Old Mill Road – Fowlds Street – Titchfield Street – St Marnock Street – Dundonald Road – Holmes Road – U34 – Dundonald Road – John Finnie Street – West George Street – Portland Street – The Cross – King Street – Fowlds Street – Queens Drive

finishing back at the Ayrshire Athletics Arena.

Road closures will be in place along the route from 9am till 12pm. To minimise disruption and to ensure public and competitor safety, the traffic management company will shut the roads as close to the race start time as possible and re-open the roads as soon as the race has passed.

Emergency access will be maintained at all times throughout the race.

The town will be busy with spectators on Sunday morning as family and friends race to key spots along the route to provide some rousing support. King Street will be a great location to watch the race. Lively entertainment will be provided by Centrestage which will keep the runners and spectators in high spirits.

After the race Doon the Toon, an event for families, will run from 12pm to 2pm at The Cross. This free event will include a climbing tower, street golf, an obstacle race, face painting and a variety of come and try sports events.

The multi storey car park will be open on Sunday and parking is free. The main race event car park is at Scott Ellis playing fields, Kilmarnock, KA1 2DE.