Thornton Stadium

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Thornton Stadium
Thornton Stadium
Location Thornton, Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland KY1 4DA
Coordinates 56°9′34″N3°8′26″W / 56.15944°N 3.14056°W / 56.15944; -3.14056 Coordinates: 56°9′34″N3°8′26″W / 56.15944°N 3.14056°W / 56.15944; -3.14056
Opened1936
Website
https://thorntondogs.wixsite.com/racing

Thornton Stadium is a greyhound racing track in Thornton, Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland. The track is independent and is therefore not regulated by the Greyhound Board of Great Britain. Racing takes place on most Saturdays at 7.30pm.

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Location

the stadium is between Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes is the village of Thornton and Thornton Stadium is located on a road known as Ore Mill off Main Street and is situated near the A92. [1]

History

The first race was held on 29 May 1936 [2] and the circuit is described as a good galloping track. [3] In 1977, Ricky Grant took over the ownership of the track and added floodlights and refurbished the site. He put the six acre stadium on the market in April 1998 asking £200,000 for it. [4]

Races are held over 100, 300, 500 and 680 yards (mainly handicaps). It is one of only two independent (unaffiliated to a governing body) tracks remaining today with racing taking place on most Saturdays at 7.30pm. [5]

Track records

Current [5]

YardsGreyhoundTimeDate
100Tralee6.0725 August 2012
300Fire16.113 May 2008
500Balamory27.103 July 2004
500Easy Blue27.103 May 2008
680Lucy38.9821 April 2007
680Morgan38.982 May 2009

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References

  1. "OS Plan 1961-1962". old-maps.co.uk.
  2. Barnes, Julia (1988). Daily Mirror Greyhound Fact File. Ringpress Books. pp. 303–304. ISBN   0-948955-15-5.
  3. Furby, R (1968). Independent Greyhound Racing. New Dominion House. p. 83.
  4. "Thornton Goes on the Market". Vol. 16, no. 4. Greyhound Star. 4 April 1998.
  5. 1 2 "News". Thornton Greyhound Stadium.