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The New Year Sprint is the most enduring open athletics event in the UK. A handicap race held over 110 metres, the Sprint has been staged in Scotland on or around New Year's Day annually since 1870. Competitors, both amateur and professional, vie for prize money totalling thousands of pounds.
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 at the East Lothian Athletics Arena in Prestonpans, 9 miles east of Edinburgh with the second day's events held at the traditional venue of Musselburgh Racecourse, 6 miles east of Edinburgh. The New Year's Day foot racing is due to be held in conjunction with the National Hunt meeting with the New Year Sprint final being televised as part of ITV Racing's coverage of the day's events.
The 110 metres New Year Sprint, with a 4000 first prize, will be supported by the 90 metres Open which incorporates Veterans and Ladies sections and the 800 metres Open event. Youths events, with a lower age limit of 9 years old, will be held over 90 metres, 200 metres and 800 metres. All events feature a handicap starting system.
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In the event that the National Hunt meeting on 1st January is cancelled, the second day's running will be held alongside the National Hunt meeting later in the month. Cancellation of that horse race meeting will not result in a further postponement of the running.

148th New Year Sprint winner Greg Kelly of East Kilbride AC
148th New Year Sprint winner Greg Kelly of East Kilbride AC.
Photo: Grossick Racing Photography.

Race of Champions
The New Year Sprint has attracted top-flight domestic and foreign runners throughout its history. Most recently, 1995 winner Doug Walker, went on to become European 200m champion. 1987 winner Bill Snoddy (U.S.A.) was formerly the world's fastest man (wind assisted) and World Professional Record holder over 120yds, George McNeill, won in 1970. Sprinters such as Willie McFarlane of Glasgow (1930s) and Harry Hutchens of London (1890s), who are considered the finest of their generation, also graced the event with superlative performances.

Race for All
The Sprint is more than just a battle between the fleetest of foot. For this event features a handicap starting system designed to ensure that any runner, no matter what their ability, age or sex, has a chance of scooping the big first prize.

Mystical Air
The longevity of the Sprint, the participation of champion runners, the prospect of a front marker clinging on for victory and the determination of all runners competing at the most inhospitable time of year are all ingredients that lend the Sprint an almost mystical air.

Site Overview
Brief History: Highlights of the Sprint and its characters since 1870.
148th New Year Sprint: All about last year's meeting.
Past Sprints: Results since 1990; reports, photos, video clips from more recent meetings.
Sprint Search: A powerful mechanism for searching the database of New Year Sprint entrants and results since 1990.
Roll of Honour: Browse or search the complete list of New Year Sprint winners.
Roll of Honour for Supporting Events: Browse or search the complete list of winners of the supporting events at the New Year Sprint meetings.
Sponsors: Who sponsored which event.

SHGA Fixture
The New Year Sprint meeting is a fixture of the open athletics circuit organised under the rules of the Scottish Highland Games Association (SHGA). The circuit includes traditonal Highland Games famous for "heavy" events. Games in the Scottish Borders are run under the rules of Borders Athletics.

British Athletics & Scottish Athletics approval
The New Year Sprint meeting has been sanctioned by British Athletics and Scottish Athletics for competition by amateur athletes who may keep prize money won.


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1 Nov 2017
Entries closed for the 149th New Year Sprint meeting.
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13 Sept 2017
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New Year Sprint Images
Close finish in the New Year Sprint final. Photo by John Grossick Photography.
Close finish in the New Year Sprint final. Photo by John Grossick Photography.
Crowd at the New Year Sprint.
Crowd at the New Year Sprint.