RED HOSE TRAIL RACE

IN ASSOCIATION WITH LEE & CARNWATH ESTATE

Registration 11.00am–11.45am (Secretary's Tent)

4.5km starting from the Showfield

Starting at 12 noon

Entry to show field £6.00 for adults and £4.00 for senior citizens and children (No Race Entry Fee)

PRIZE MONEY

Both Ladies and Gents 1st-3rd:  £100, £75 and £50

Both Boys and Girls 1st-3rd:  £20, £10 and £5  


THE HISTORY OF THE RED HOSE RACE

The race has been held every year since 1508 except in times of war and during the two Foot & Mouth disease outbreaks in 1926 & 1952. The outbreak in 2001 was over by the time the race was due to be held. James IV of Scotland granted the lands of Carnwath in 1508 to John Lord Somerville with unusual terms; “Praying thence yearly ......... one pair of hose containing half an ell of English cloth at the feast of St. John the Baptist, called Midsummer, to the man running most quickly from the east end of Carnwath to the cross called Calla Cross”. 

Such is the origin of what is believes to be the oldest footrace in Britain.  There was probably a military reason for imposing this duty on the owners of the Carnwath Estate.  A fast runner could bring news of any approaching invasion from the South to Edinburgh and the red hose would be the insignia by which he would be recognised.

The Carnwath Estate came into the Lockhart family in 1684 when Sir George Lockhart acquired it from the Earl of Carnwath.

PLEASE REMEMBER YOU DO NOT HAVE TO LIVE IN THE BELOW PARISHES TO TAKE PART IN THIS RACE

Red Hose Socks can only be won by a resident within the Parishes of Auchengray, Braehead, Carnwath, Carstairs, Covington, Dunsyre, Dolphinton, Elsrickle, Forth, Libberton, Quothquan, Thankerton and Walston

DOJO PERFORMANCE TEAM AND THE PIE EATING COMPETITION WILL BOTH TAKE PLACE IN THE MAIN RING

THE HIGHLAND DANCING WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE MARQUEE AND THERE WILL ALSO BE DOG AGILITY IN THE SHOWFIELD

ALSO REMEMBER WE WILL HAVE TRADE STANDS AROUND THE SHOWFIELD AND CRAFT STALLS IN THE MARQUEE

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PROGRAMME OF EVENTS
(please note all times are approximate, they are dependent on how long the judging takes)

9am:         Horse and Pony Judging
9.30am     Craft Tent Open
9.30am:    Texel Judging
10.00am:  Fleece, Horticultural, Industrial, Livestock, Poultry, Rabbit and Shepherds Crooks and Walking Sticks                        Judging
12.00pm:  Pet and Dog Show
12.00pm:  Red Hose Race
12.45pm:  Sheep Young Handler
1.00pm:    Sheep Interbreed
1.00pm:    Industrial Tent Open
1.00pm:    Main Ring Entertainment from Dojo Performance Team
2.00pm:    Champion of Champions
2.15pm:    Parade of Livestock followed by Presentation of Prizes
2.30pm:    Children's Races
3.00pm:    Pie Eating Competition (tickets available from The Apple Pie Bakery, Carnwath)
3.30pm:    Grand Prize Raffle followed by Sheaf Tossing
8.00pm:    Speed Shear (may not be suitable for young children)
9.00pm;    Show Dance 

The dog agility will also take place during the day.

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