Feeling fit and energetic? The why not sign up for the 2017 River Ayr Way Challenge Ultra Marathon and Ultra Marathon Relay, which will be held on Saturday, September 16.

The River Ayr Way was opened in 2006 and attracts around 100,000 people to walk it each year. There are a number of events held along the route, but this annual 40-mile challenge is by far the most popular - and most gruelling - event on the calendar, attracting runners from all over the country and showcasing some of Ayrshire’s most spectacular scenery.

The course begins at Glenbuck Loch and finishes at Dam Park in Ayr, with water stations every five miles and food available every ten miles. Transport to the start of the race is available from both Kilmarnock and Ayr.

Each year, many of the participants choose to take part in the Challenge as a sponsored event, and entrants are welcome to raise sponsorship for a charity of their choice.

There is also a new relay option for the River Ayr Way Challenge which can be done in teams of three if a 40-mile run doesn't appeal, with the course split into sections of 17 miles, 14 miles and 9 miles.

Registration costs £27 (£25 for SAF members) or £50 per team for the relay event. Both events start at 9am.

To sign up, visit www.entrycentral.com, or visit eastayrshireleisure.com for more detailed information.