LOCAL mascots got on their marks to race for a new cancer support centre in Ayr.

As part of Ayr Racecourse’s Family Day, a collection of mascots including Ayr United’s Pandamonium and the racecourse’s own Neighchance took to the field for a dash to the finish line.

The event was organised by Ayrshire Cancer Support as they bid to raise funds for a new support centre in Ayr, as their current Wellington Square one is no longer fit for purpose.

The charity which supports 334 clients across Ayr, is on the look-out for a new South Ayrshire base, with the improved facility set to be based on the successful centre in Kilmarnock.

Josh Hollywood community engagement officer at Ayrshire Cancer Support told the Advertiser how they hope the mascot race will help towards raising £350,000 towards the new centre.

He said: “We are trying to build a new cancer centre in Ayr that will offer great treatment services such as counselling and bereavement support.

“The racecourse is our sponsor this year and they are helping bring great support for us to build this new centre in Ayr.

“This is all part of our Home4Cancer campaign where all the money that they are giving us is helping us to raise £350,000.

“We hope we can then apply for government funding for the rest.

“Our target is £750,000.”

Thousands gathered to watch the race which saw 11 mascots line up.

Cappie the cat pounced late to win the sprint, with no home glory for the Ayr mascots.

Instead Cappie, the mascot of Greenock Morton Football Club won the annual event for the second year running.

Lindsey Smith, Sales and marketing Manager Ayr Racecourse added: “We are delighted to have Ayrshire Cancer Support as our chosen charity partner

“And I’m sure the Mascot Race helped raise the profile of this wonderful cause.

“The atmosphere was great and the crowd really joined in by cheering on their favourite mascots.

“Helpers from ACS were selling raffle tickets on the day and hopefully these proved popular.”