Ayrshire 60 second challenge launched to see how far locals can go in one minute

The Ayrshire Link active travel team have launched a sporting challenge encouraging people to get active this summer.

The ‘60 Second Challenge’ requires individuals to see how far they can run, walk, cycle or hand cycle in just one minute. By simply participating people will be automatically entered in a prize draw.

The Ayrshire Link is a network of Active Travel routes that will connect communities throughout South and East Ayrshire, making it safer and more accessible to walk, wheel and cycle.

The initiative is being promoted by Ayrshire Roads Alliance, a partnership between South and East Ayrshire Councils.

There is currently 15 different routes planned or under different stages of development that will connect to existing routes.

David Manson of Ayrshire Roads Alliance said: "Ayrshire has a strong tradition of hosting community events, and it is great to see their continuation. We’ve attended a couple so far and the response has been great with lots of people taking part in the Challenge including, of course, lots of dads battling it out in competition with their children. It’s been a lot of fun.

"We’re also using the opportunity to chat to people about how they currently travel, the benefits of active travel and the work we’re doing on connecting routes through the Ayrshire Link."

The Ayrshire Link team already attended events at Barr Gala Day and Tarbolton Gala Day on Saturday, June 1 and June Carrick Lowland Gathering on Sunday, June 2.

The next summer events the Ayrshire Link team will be attending includes the Colmonell Fun Day on Saturday, June 8 and Ballantrae Festival of Food and Drink on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9.

The team will also attend Troon Gala Day and Crosshill Gala Day on Saturday, June 15, Summer Family Fest (Holy Fair) on June 22, Bruce Festival on Saturday, July 13 and Barrhill Fete along with Prestwick Promenade Celebrations on Saturday, July 27.

There will be an opportunity to take part in the ‘60 Second Challenge’ at Dundonald Highland Games on Saturday, August 3, Girvan RNLI Harbour Gala on Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4, Colmonell & Ballantrae Agricultural Show on Saturday, August 10 and at the Ayr Flower Show on Friday, August 16 and Saturday, August 17, with the last challenge taking place at Dunure Festival of the Sea on Saturday, August 24.

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