The Anent Scottish Running website describes a track meet at Rugby Park in June 1883
"Sports under the auspices of the Kilmarnock Bicycle Club were held at the Rugby Park on Saturday. In the bicycling competition, Barton of the ESBC carried off no fewer than three first place honours. Fortunately the weather was very favourable and the track everything that could be desired. About 2000 spectators were present." The programme was entirely made up of cycle races except for a tug of war, 100 yards and quarter mile.