Lack of competitors may cancel Kirkcaldy Sand Races

The Sand Races were a huge attraction last year.
The Sand Races were a huge attraction last year.

Kirkcaldy’s resurrected Sand Races event, which is due to take place next month, may have to be scrapped unless more riders enter the races.

The motorbike racing spectacle, which attracts thousands of spectators to the beach to watch races around marked courses on the sand, has proved successful since it was brought back three years ago by the Kirkcaldy and District Motor Club.

However, entries for this year’s event on September 19 have been very slow in coming in and, with less than a month to go, organisers fear that other events planned for the same weekend may have a catastrophic effect on competitor numbers.

The races were one of the town’s most popular annual events up until the late 1940s, attracting tens of thousands of people in their heyday.

Kirkcaldy and District Motor Club applied for the Saturday date to suit tide times.

Jake Drummond, secretary, said: “After the previous two events we were confident that applying for our date late last season would ensure that other clubs and riders would have it in their calendars when planning ahead, but due to the different club affiliations there is no control on who can run events and when.

We have no more than a handful (of riders) committed

Jake Drummond

“This splits the amount of available riders and spectators.

“We have to take into account that riders may be competing in a season-long championship and unable to attend a one-off event.

“Initially we were hopeful of a minimum turnout of 24 riders, but with a month to go we have no more than a handful committed.

“If there are not more by the closing date of September 5, we’ll be forced to cancel or risk not getting enough entries and lose a substantial sum of money in advertising and medical cover.”

Interested riders should call 07473174449 or 01592 650562.