Scottish Championship medals are on the line on the road again this weekend at the Roon the Toon event in Kilmarnock.
It’s the Tru Wealth Scottish 10k Champs with Ayrshire taking centre stage on Sunday morning for a 10am start.
Double Olympian Callum Hawkins will be in attendance to officially start the race and present medals with individuals and teams contesting those as well as Roon the Toon prizes.
The race has terrific local backing with the 1500 capacity having had to be increased to 1700 to meet demand.
Roon the Toon also represents the next event in our Road Race Grand Prix with shares on offer to those athletes at the front of the race if they achieve certain time standards.
The men’s race in particular looks highly competitive and the Course Record of 30:43 set last year (by East Kilbride AC’s Darryl Reid, who races again on Sunday) could come under threat.
Contenders could include, in no particular order, Sean Chalmers (Inverness Harriers), James Donald (Dundee Hawkhill), Peter Avent (Shettleston), Jonny Glen, John Bell (Inverclyde AC), Callum McKenzie (Corstorphine AAC), Callum Phillip, Hamish Hickey (Central AC) and Kenny Wilson (Moray Road Runners).
Callum Hawkins is on the comeback trail and is expected to run on Sunday
Shettleston Harriers athletes Fionnuala Ross looks favourite in the Women’s race where Annabel Simpson of Fife AC holds the Course Record at 33:41. It’s unclear if Annabel will race after a 5000m outing in Finland in midweek.
Course Record would land the winner a £100 bonus with Sean Frame holding that mark for the Wheelchair Race at 24:53.
Roon the Toon starts and finishes from the Ayrshire Athletics Arena and features the Tru Wealth Scottish 10k Champs and the Scottish 10k Wheelchair Champs.
The event is a partnership between Kilmarnock Harriers, East Ayrshire Council, East Ayrshire Leisure and Ayrshire Roads Alliance.
Roon the Toon would not be possible without the support of partner sponsors.