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149th New Year Sprint

The 149th New Year Sprint is due to be held on Saturday 30th December 2017 and Monday 1st January 2018. The first day's events will be held on the synthetic polymeric track at the East Lothian Athletics Arena, Meadowmill Sports Centre in Prestonpans, 9 miles east of Edinburgh. The second day's events will be held at the traditional venue of Musselburgh Racecourse, 6 miles east of Edinburgh, where the running will take place on the outer horse racing circuit used for flat racing, in front of the Queen's Stand.

The heats of the New Year Sprint, and all rounds of the supporting events, will be held on the Saturday. The Sprint semi-finals and final on the Monday will be incorporated into the traditional New Year National Hunt horse-racing meeting. The Sprint final is due to be televised as part of ITV Racing's coverage of the day's events.

The first prize of 4000 makes the Sprint by far the richest race in the professional calendar, reinforcing the event's position as the sport's premier event.

The promoter is putting up a staggering 20,000 bonus for any scratch runner who can beat the World Professional Record of 11.14 secs over 120 yards (approximately 110 metres) set by the great George McNeill back in 1970. A time of 11.24 secs will earn a 2000 reward and a time of 11.34 secs will earn a 1000 bonus.

The Sprint is supported by a Open foot-races of 90 metres and 800 metres and Youths foot-races from 90 metres to 800 metres.

The lower age limit for entry into the youths events is 9 years old.

Although the New Year Sprint has by tradition been a professional event, the meeting has been sanctioned by British Athletics and Scottish Athletics for competition by amateurs, who may keep any prize money won.

In the event that the National Hunt meeting on 1st January is cancelled, the second day's running will be held alongside the following National Hunt meeting later in January. Cancellation of that meeting will not result in a further postponement of the running.

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Events

The following events will be held during the New Year Sprint meeting:
110 metres Open Handicap (The New Year Sprint). Run on 30th December 2017 and 1st January 2018.
90 metres Open Handicap including Veteran's and Ladies Finals. Run on 30th December.
800 metres Open Handicap. Run on 30th December.
Youths 90 metres Open Handicap. Run on 30th December.
Youths 800 metres Open Handicap. Run on 30th December.
Youths 200 metres Open Handicap - age 9 to under 13. Run on 30th December.
Youths 200 metres Open Handicap - age 13 to under 16. Run on 30th December.

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Prize Money

Event 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
New Year Sprint 1,2 4000 900 450 225 200 150 125 100
90 metres Open Handicap 300 125 75 50 25 25 - -
90 metres Veterans Handicap 120 60 40 35 15 15 - -
90 metres Ladies Handicap 120 60 40 25 15 15 - -
800 metres Open Handicap 300 125 75 50 25 25 - -
Youths 90 metres Open 130 65 45 25 20 15 - -
Youths 200 metres Open Handicap - age 9 to under 13 80 40 30 20 15 15 - -
Youths 200 metres Open Handicap - age 13 to under 16 80 40 30 20 15 15 - -
Youths 800 metres Open Handicap 80 40 30 20 15 15 - -

1 20,000 special prize for the first scratch runner (in the New Year Sprint or 110 metres Invitation) who can beat the World Professional Record of 11.14 secs over 120 yards (approximately 110 metres). 2000 prize for running 11.24 secs, 1000 for running 11.34 secs.

2 Heat winners not in the final receive 50.

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Entry Form

The entry form will be published here in the last week of September.

The promoter will send an entry form to all entrants of last year's meeting.

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Timetable

The timetable is to be announced.

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New Year Sprint Heats

All are welcome to attend the draw for the New Year Sprint heats which will be held at 11:30am on Friday 1st December at Musselburgh Racecourse. The New Year Sprint heats will be published here later that day.

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Location

East Lothian Athletics Arena at Meadowmill Sports Centre in Prestonpans is the venue for the first day's racing and is located 9 miles east of Edinburgh. Find your way using this Google map. The sports complex is signposted off the B1316.


Musselburgh Racecourse, which is the venue of the latter stages of the New Year Sprint, is located 6 miles east of Edinburgh. Find your way using this Google map.


The following location map and travel tips are reproduced by courtesy of the Musselburgh Racecourse.

By Road: The racecourse is situated 6 miles east of Edinburgh off the A1.
Car Parking: There is free car parking in Balcarres Road.
By Rail: Edinburgh Waverley Station is the nearest main station, approximately 6 miles from the racecourse.

Here it is!

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Admission Charges

On Saturday 30th December admission will be free. Admission for the second day's events, which include the National Hunt Horse Race meeting, will be 25, concessions 20 and accompanied children under 16 free.

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Refreshments

A licensed bar in the Old Grandstand at Musselburgh Racecourse will be open to the public. Soft drinks and snacks will also be on sale.

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Changing Facilities

There will be a changing room under the Old Grandstand at Musselburgh Racecourse.

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Accommodation

Those travelling from further afield will probably be looking for accommodation during the meeting. There are a number of guest houses on Balcarres Road next to the racecourse. The details of these and other local accommodation can be obtained from the Musselburgh Tourist Information Centre, tel: 0131 653 6172. The Scottish Tourist Board's web site has a useful accommodation search page that gives a number of hits for the Musselburgh area.

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Open To All

Although a professional athletics event, the New Year Sprint meeting has been granted permits by British Athletics and Scottish Athletics so that amateur athletes (male and female) can compete with impunity, and still win prize money!

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Prize Money
Entry Form
Timetable
Location
Admission Charges
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