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  • 23 April 2015

    Car-azy Weekend Ahead at the McRae Rally Challenge

    Scottish motor sport fans are gearing up for the biggest rallying celebration since Colin McRae and Derek Ringer won the 1995 World Rally Championship. It’s been 20 years since their victory celebrations rocked the historic county town of Lanark to its foundations. Taking centre stage this time is Knockhill Circuit in Fife next month over the weekend of 16/17 May.

    The commemorative ‘McRae Rally Challenge’ celebrating Great Britain’s first ever outright world rally title and supported by Beatsons’ Building Supplies and EventScotland will incorporate a huge variety of attractions, combining static displays with dramatic on-stage rally action.

    Additions to the running order are being added daily, but the planned timetable of events is now beginning to take shape (see below). The entertainment will commence on Saturday morning the 16th of May with two on-track parades by members of the Ford Owners Club and the Subaru Owners Club which will be followed by the tyre shredding antics of top stunt driver Terry Grant.

    Once the track marshals have cleared away the ‘debris’ from Terry’s antics there will be an on-track parade of Group B rally cars. Something that will stir the memories of older rally followers while stimulating the hearts and souls of younger fans.

    This will be followed by a parade of ‘Colin’s Cars’. Knockhill has managed to gather the biggest collection of competition cars ever seen in Scotland which have been driven by the 1995 world champion during his meteoric career.

    During the lunch break, there will be passenger rides for visitors who want to find out first-hand what the sport of autotesting is all about. This is motor sport at its most basic, teaching precision driving skills against the clock in bog-standard production cars.

    At the same time, the Knockhill race track and perimeter roads will be converted into a Special Stage for the big action event of the weekend, the ‘McRae Rally Challenge’. The competition will be organised by members of Coltness Car Club, the club to which all three members of Scotland’s rallying royalty, Jim, Colin and Alister belonged.

    There will be five competitive runs over the Stage during Saturday afternoon and then on Sunday a further five Stages interspersed with more parades and demonstrations.

    Filling in the gap on Saturday evening, a ‘Rally Forum’ chat show will give fans and visitors a chance to hear the people behind the steering wheel. Throughout the weekend, Colin Clark, the World Rally Radio reporter, will attempt to broadcast news and interviews over the Knockhill PA system and local FM station, but even he might struggle to be heard over the assembled horsepower!

    The whole event promises to provide a nerve-jangling, ear-tingling, memory jogging exercise in automotive nostalgia. In other words an event not to be missed by motor sports fans.

    Adding to the spectacle will be an additional display of cars recalling six times British Rally Champion Jim McRae’s own rallying exploits and those of former British champion and FIA Asia Pacific Champion Alister McRae.

    Jim will be undertaking Course Car duties during the rally whilst Alister will be competing alongside another celtic hero, Kris Meeke who is taking a short break from his World Rally Championship duties to contest the ‘McRae Rally Challenge’.

    Category: National Events

  • 23 April 2015

    The Endurance Mountain Biking Elite Head To The Scottish Borders

    On Saturday 2 May up to 100 elite endurance cross country mountain bike riders from throughout the UK will descend on Selkirk in the Scottish Borders for the 2015 British Mountain Bike Marathon Championships, supported by EventScotland.

    Leading British endurance athletes will take on a challenging 75km single lap course on some of the best trails the Scottish Borders has to offer. It includes a fantastic mix of flowy natural and man made singletrack, twin-track forest roads, ancient drove roads, lung and thigh busting climbs, grin-inducing descents; and some of the very best trail centre downhill tracks at Innerleithen, in their bid to claim the coveted red, white and blue British National Championships winner’s jersey (in both male and female classes).

    Heading the Scottish charge in the women’s race will be Lee Craigie (35) – Canondale UK - from Inverness, the British National XC MTB Champion 2012 and 2013 and the highest placed Scottish female rider at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Hot on her heals will be local rider Isla Short (18) - Novus OMX Pro Team – a rising star of mountain biking from Cardrona in the Scottish Borders, the 2014 British National Junior XC MTB Champion who took seventh place in the 2014 Junior World Championships.

    Competition comes from a strong English contingent including Sally Bigham - Topeak Ergon Racing Team - the reigning British MTB Marathon Champion who came second in both the European MTB Marathon Championships and the Cape Epic in 2014, Verity Appleyard - Brotherton Cycles - who won the 2014 Three Peaks Cyclocross, the UK’s toughest cyclocross event; and Jo Munden - Team Cycle Kingdom - the 2014 British MTB Masters Champion.

    Among those fighting for the men’s title will be reigning British Marathon Champion Dan Fleeman – Metalek-Kuota, the endurance cyclist Richard Dunnett, who in 2012 came second in the first ever World Cycle Race, cycling 145 miles per day unsupported and completing the extreme challenge in an impressive 124 days, 13 hours and 25 minutes; Ben Thomas - Vauxhall Motors Cycling Team – who set a new course record to win the 2014 End to End Mountain Bike Challenge in the Isle of Man, completing the 46-mile (75km) course in a time of two hours 44 minutes and 36 seconds; and Welshman Dan Evans (33) – Cannondale UK & Team Elite - the 2014 British Hill Climb National Champion.

    Riders flying the flag for Scotland include Rab Wardell (29 ) -  Dirt School – a World Cup cross country and international cyclocross racer who dominated the Scottish cyclocross scene in 2014, winning the Scottish Series and Championships titles.  Alongside him will be Andy Barlow, Scottish and British Cross Country MTB Champion in 2009, Trans Scotland  Solo Winner in 2007 and  Scottish Junior Downhill mountain bike Champion in 1997. They will be joined by Edinburgh based Rory Downie, an Xterra triathlete, who was the 2012 ETU U23 European Champion and finished tenth in the European Tour and 19th at the ITU World Championships in his first year as a professional triathlete in 2014. 

    The Marathon Championships is being organised by Durty Events as part of the ever-popular Selkirk Mountain Bike Marathon open cycling event.  The Selkirk MTB Marathon has a choice of three single-loop and fully marked courses (approx. 25km, 50km and 75km), all setting off from Selkirk High Street and visiting the valleys of the Rivers Tweed, Yarrow and Ettrick.  The epic sportive event has something for families, novices, intermediates, enthusiasts and racing snakes alike. 

    On the evening of Friday 1 May 2015 Durty Events are also taking over the centre of Selkirk and will turn it over to a free festival of two-wheeled mayhem for all the family.  From 19:00 to 21:00 The Selkirk Bike Festival, supported by Scottish Borders Council, will be staged on the High Street with an action packed programme that includes bike stunt displays, head to head Rolalpolluza style racing, Bike film screenings, a Pump Track and a mountain bike obstacle course

    Category: National Events

  • 23 April 2015

    Ayrshire Larder Heads to 2015 Ayr County Show

     

    Organisers of the Ayr County Show are looking forward to a show packed with local food and drink this year as they host a brand new marquee dedicated to local producers and retailers, the Taste Ayrshire Marquee.
    The 172nd Ayr County Show takes place at Ayr Racecourse this year on Saturday 9 May.
    Dozens of producers, curated by Taste Ayrshire, will host stalls including; hand-roasted coffee supplier Roundsquare Roastery, luxury dairy ice cream from Woody’s, restaurant Jacques’ Table, traditional handmade confectionary from Threepwood Fayre, tasty spreads and mixes at everythingCHILLI, delicious cookie mixes from All That’s Delicious, Aye Love Real Food, Arran Brewery, the Island Cheese Company from the Isle of Arran, Nethergate Tamworth, A. D. Rattray whisky suppliers, award-winning hard Ayrshire cheese producer Barwheys Dairy, Cedar Cottage Country Foods and Annie’s Delicious Bakes.
    The 2015 Ayr County Show is receiving support as part of the Year of Food and Drink, delivered by VisitScotland and EventScotland.
    Cook School Scotland will also take part in the event, hosting a pop-up kitchen where their chefs and Ayrshire College students will cook up some delicious meals using local, in-season produce.
    Ayr and District Beekeepers’ Association will also be hosting a stall to highlight the important link between the wellbeing of bee colonies in the area and the production of food and drink.
    The Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) Children’s Corner will be promoting the Get Ayrshire Growing project, which provides free vegetable-growing kits to schools across the whole of Ayrshire & Arran. RHET are taking the farm into the classroom by giving pupils first-hand experience of growing crops in their own school grounds, giving them a chance to learn more about where their food comes.
    RHET will host a competition open to all Ayrshire schools as part of the Show - ‘Grow, Cook & Eat’ – and there will be a number of exhibits displays for everyone to enjoy. 
    Not forgetting Rheeta the fibre-glass milking cow who will get a mooove on to be at the Show and teach nursery and primary children about dairy farming.
    Chair of Taste Ayrshire Willie Mackie said: “We’re looking forward to taking part in this year’s Ayr County Show.
    “We will have a great variety of Ayrshire food and drink in our marquee showcasing just some of the fantastic produce that is available on our doorstep.”
    Val Russell, Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce, added: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Taste Ayrshire and Ayr County Show to showcase what this area has to offer.
    “The Taste Ayrshire Marquee gives an ideal platform for producers to sell their delicious produce and we are pleased we have a good variety on display.
    “We’re looking forward to what will be a great event.”
    Cook School Scotland Lisa Parker, Marketing & Events Manger said: “We are delighted to be included in the Taste Ayrshire Marquee at this year’s Ayr County Show. Last year was the first year that we had been at the show and it’s a great day out for the whole family. The Cook School chefs will be on stage throughout the day demonstrating how to cook a great range of recipes. We will also be adding a Cook School BBQ this year cooking with delicious fresh local produce.” 
    Cabinet Secretary for Food, Richard Lochhead, said: “Ayrshire produces some of the finest food and drink to be found anywhere in Scotland. The Ayr County Show is the ideal opportunity for visitors from near and far to discover the delicious local produce on offer as we celebrate our Year of Food and Drink.”
    Ayr County Show is one of the largest County shows held in the West of Scotland and is a celebration of the countryside, with livestock judging, trade stands, craft displays and family entertainment all taking a leading role in the event.
    Packed with brilliant moments, the Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015 celebrates local produce and the fantastic food and drink to be found across the country, as well as the people, landscapes and culture behind Scotland’s food heritage.
    Pre-Show Admission Tickets are now available to purchase online at www.ayrcountyshow.co.uk

    Organisers of the Ayr County Show are looking forward to a show packed with local food and drink this year as they host a brand new marquee dedicated to local producers and retailers, the Taste Ayrshire Marquee.

    The 172nd Ayr County Show takes place at Ayr Racecourse this year on Saturday 9 May.

    Dozens of producers, curated by Taste Ayrshire, will host stalls including; hand-roasted coffee supplier Roundsquare Roastery, luxury dairy ice cream from Woody’s, restaurant Jacques’ Table, traditional handmade confectionary from Threepwood Fayre, tasty spreads and mixes at everythingCHILLI, delicious cookie mixes from All That’s Delicious, Aye Love Real Food, Arran Brewery, the Island Cheese Company from the Isle of Arran, Nethergate Tamworth, A. D. Rattray whisky suppliers, award-winning hard Ayrshire cheese producer Barwheys Dairy, Cedar Cottage Country Foods and Annie’s Delicious Bakes.

    The 2015 Ayr County Show is receiving support as part of the Year of Food and Drink, delivered by VisitScotland and EventScotland.

    Cook School Scotland will also take part in the event, hosting a pop-up kitchen where their chefs and Ayrshire College students will cook up some delicious meals using local, in-season produce.

    Ayr and District Beekeepers’ Association will also be hosting a stall to highlight the important link between the wellbeing of bee colonies in the area and the production of food and drink.

    The Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) Children’s Corner will be promoting the Get Ayrshire Growing project, which provides free vegetable-growing kits to schools across the whole of Ayrshire & Arran. RHET are taking the farm into the classroom by giving pupils first-hand experience of growing crops in their own school grounds, giving them a chance to learn more about where their food comes.

    RHET will host a competition open to all Ayrshire schools as part of the Show - ‘Grow, Cook & Eat’ – and there will be a number of exhibits displays for everyone to enjoy. Not forgetting Rheeta the fibre-glass milking cow who will get a mooove on to be at the Show and teach nursery and primary children about dairy farming.

    Chair of Taste Ayrshire Willie Mackie said: “We’re looking forward to taking part in this year’s Ayr County Show.“We will have a great variety of Ayrshire food and drink in our marquee showcasing just some of the fantastic produce that is available on our doorstep.”

    Val Russell, Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce, added: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Taste Ayrshire and Ayr County Show to showcase what this area has to offer.

    “The Taste Ayrshire Marquee gives an ideal platform for producers to sell their delicious produce and we are pleased we have a good variety on display.

    “We’re looking forward to what will be a great event.”

    Cook School Scotland Lisa Parker, Marketing & Events Manger said: “We are delighted to be included in the Taste Ayrshire Marquee at this year’s Ayr County Show. Last year was the first year that we had been at the show and it’s a great day out for the whole family. The Cook School chefs will be on stage throughout the day demonstrating how to cook a great range of recipes. We will also be adding a Cook School BBQ this year cooking with delicious fresh local produce.” 

    Cabinet Secretary for Food, Richard Lochhead, said: “Ayrshire produces some of the finest food and drink to be found anywhere in Scotland. The Ayr County Show is the ideal opportunity for visitors from near and far to discover the delicious local produce on offer as we celebrate our Year of Food and Drink.”

    Ayr County Show is one of the largest County shows held in the West of Scotland and is a celebration of the countryside, with livestock judging, trade stands, craft displays and family entertainment all taking a leading role in the event.

    Packed with brilliant moments, the Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015 celebrates local produce and the fantastic food and drink to be found across the country, as well as the people, landscapes and culture behind Scotland’s food heritage.

    Pre-Show Admission Tickets are now available to purchase online at www.ayrcountyshow.co.uk

    Category: Food and Drink News

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