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South Ayrshire

Day 7.  Friday 20 June.

There was a feel-good Friday Feeling in the air as the Queen’s Baton relay rolled through South Ayrshire’s market towns, rural villlages and long beaches on the seventh day of the domestic relay. On the baton’s coastal path today were the towns and villages of Maybole, Mossblown, Dundonald and Troon to name but a few.

The day kicked off on the mouth of the River Stinchar in Ballantrae before the relay team paid homage to iconic Scots poet, Robert Burns, in Alloway before finishing in Ayr for a night of festivity.The seaside county has a real link to the Queen’s Baton. The granite gemstones that adorn the top of the baton were carved from South Ayrshire’s solitary island Aisla Craig.  The island situated in the Firth of Clyde is renowned for its unique type of granite and the atoll’s contribution to the Queen’s Baton is a source of local pride.

The remarkable scenery was matched by some remarkable batonbearers. Peter Smith, a former Scottish National Champion and record holder on 3m Spring Board Diving (1989) competed at two Commonwealth Games; Edinburgh 1986 and Auckland 1990. The record-breaking Scot beamed as he was greeted with cheers from the crowd in Symington.

Following Peter was the inspirational Margaret Robertson, the oldest baton bearer in South Ayrshire, was one of the founding members of Troon Tortoises in 1976, a club formed to foster and train running enthusiasts to a very high competition standard. Seemingly with an endless reserve of energy, Margaret has run for the Scottish Veterans, been their captain and held the Scottish 1500m record for 50 plus Veteran Women.

Grant Young capped the end of a great day by carrying the baton into Ayr. Grant has dedicated much of his time to raising funds for charity and encouraging physical activity through Ayrodynamic Triathlon Club. As committee member at Ayrodynamic Triathlon Club, Grant has undertaken the role of race organiser, encouraging young Ayrshire triathletes to strive for national selection. Fitness fanatic, Grant completed a solo cross-Europe cycle ride raising funds for Ayrshire Hospice.

As the sun set on South Ayrshire the baton reached the green fields of Ayr’s Low Park. A mass of Commonwealth flags lined the batons final run of the day as it entered the park and the Ayrshire locals turned out in force to close a fantastic day.

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Schedule

08:10Ballantrae
08:55 Girvan 
10:35Maybole
12:00Alloway
12:30Rozelle Park
14:40Mossblown
15:00Tarbolton
15:20Symington
15:35Dundonald
16:00Troon
16:50Prestwick
18:20Ayr

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Margaret, the oldest baton bearer in South Ayrshire, was one of the founding members of Troon Tortoises in 1976, a club formed to foster and train running enthusiasts to a very high competition standard. She has coached young and old, especially women, from 10-mile races to marathons. Margaret has run for the Scottish Veterans, been their Captain and held the Scottish 1500m record for 50 plus Veteran Women.

Maria McGough has been Chair of the South Ayrshire Youth Forum for over a year, offering her time to a host of projects involving young people in the local area. She ensures that young people in South Ayrshire have their voices listened to.  Maria has volunteered over 1000 hours of her time for the SAYF, effortlessly dedicating her time without a desire for recognition or reward.

Over the past 10 years, Elaine has worked selflessly to engage her local community, raising over £50,000 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. In 2004, Elaine organised a family orientated active event the Girvan 10K. Family, friends and locals were encouraged to join Elaine on a Saturday in June and walk or run 10K to raise vital funds for research into the disease right here in Scotland. The walk has grown to be a much anticipated, community spirited event, growing in numbers each year.

Mitchell is considered to be a positive sports role model within Prestwick Cricket Club having won Junior of the Year for the second consecutive year for his own achievements at club. Alongside his local efforts, Mitchell has also achieved district representation and Scotland U17 level. Mitchell has gone beyond focusing on his personal development to offer up his time to others, this season coaching and managing the U11 team at Prestwick Cricket Club.

Peter is a former Scottish National Champion and record holder on 3m Spring Board Diving (1989), competing at two Commonwealth Games; Edinburgh 1986 and Auckland 1990. Peter’s efforts at the Auckland 1990 Games resulted in him breaking the National 3m Spring Board Diving Record. Peter continues to coach today almost 25 years on. He develops young Divers at the Citadel in Ayr to compete at novice, district and national level.

After a long career as a local secondary school headmaster, Grant has dedicated much of his time to raising funds for charity and encouraging physical activity through Ayrodynamic Triathlon Club. As committee member at Ayrodynamic Triathlon Club, Grant has undertaken the role of race organiser, encouraging young Ayrshire triathletes to strive for national selection. At the age of 62, Grant completed a solo cross-Europe cycle ride raising funds for Ayrshire Hospice.

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