RUNNERS of all ages participated in a timed 10k run and 2k fun run at Dumfries House estate on Saturday.

More than 400 adults signed up for the main event, with many using it as a warm-up for this weekend’s Great Scottish Run, and dozens of children participated in the fun run earlier in the morning.

The event was the first of its kind to take place on the 2,000-acre Ayrshire estate and attracted entries from across the UK.

Duncan Chan, assistant manager of Dumfries House Outdoor Residential Centre and part of the team behind organising the event, said: “Hundreds of runners came to Dumfries House for our first 10k running event and it was some sight to see them all filling the normally-quiet roads and paths.

“Many who signed up were able to explore the estate for the first time, but many more came from the local community and were delighted to have an event like this on their doorstep.

“On the estate, we already hold fitness classes and offer sports facilities for the local community and run programmes as part of our Integrated Health and Wellbeing initiative.

“Group numbers have increased at our weekly 5k running club every Saturday morning, which led to us setting up the 10k, and we’re delighted with the response.”

After completing the route, each participant received a finisher’s goodie bag, an event t-shirt and a medal.

Event marshals and helpers included staff from Dumfries House as well as a group from the Cumnock division of Police Scotland Youth Volunteers, who are based on the estate.

Photographs of the event are by Iain Brown.

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