ONE of the most popular dates in the North Ayrshire running calendar has moved date after TWO other events clashed with it.

The North Ayrshire Athletics Club’s Festival of Running usually takes place at the star t of September and has always attrac ted competitive runners, those competing for charity and locals in their droves.

Incorporating the flagship NAAC 10k as well as various family events, the annual festival will now take place at the end of August following the announcement of a halfmarathon in Ayr and a road race on the Isle of Cumbrae.

NAAC made a statement on their 10k Facebook on Sunday night stating: “We care deeply about all our runners and we know that the running calendar is absolutely saturated with opportunities to run. We have worked really hard to build what we feel is an excellent reputation for a great race.

“As per our previous post another local race launched the day after we launched for the exact same day. We contacted them but they were unable to move so we have decided in the best interest of both races and the wider running community to move our race.

“New date for our 2019 event is Sunday August 25th - we hope to see you all there!”

Race director, Blair Pettigrew, said: “It’s great to see so many events in the local area and some clashes are always going to happen but we have done what we can to minimise any disruption and maximise any opportunity for the wider community to take part. 

“Although ours is undoubtedly the larger event we have moved to accommodate others and we hope we get lots of support for the new date on Sunday, August 25. Entries are open now via entrycentral.”