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Weekend preview

Laganside 10km

All eyes are on the Harrier’s annual road race – the 2011 Laganside 10km.

With pre-entries having reached 670 runners it would appear that this year’s event is going to be the biggest yet.

We are anticipating 200-300 runners to register on Saturday (1-3pm) and Sunday (10am-13.45) at the Ozone Leisure Complex, which would mean Sunday’s 10km could see close to 1000 participants.

St Malachy’s runner Joe McAllister starts as obvious favourite.

Joe has recently returned from a period of altitude training in Font Romeu, France as part of his preparation for the 2011 Dublin Marathon.

In the absence of Stephen Scullion and top local elites from City of Derry and Annadale Striders, Joe should win easily.

North Belfast Harriers will be pushing for the team prize with Alan McCullough, Conor Curran, Darryl Blair and Ed Cooke all set to toe the line.

In the women’s race, Breege Connolly will be the favourite if she decides to run.

In her absence, Roberta Dornan from North Down AC could take the honours.

Irish Half Marathon Championships (Waterford)

Gladys Ganiel O’Neill starts as one of the favourites for the Irish Half Marathon Championships taking place this weekend in Waterford.

Gladys is gunning for the Irish Half Marathon title this weekend

Gladys will use this race as an indication of how her training is going – and will no doubt be bouyed by the midweek performance of “Marathon Mission” mate Maria McCambridge who posted a sub 34 minute time at Dessie’s Run in Derry.

Gladys will be joined by Harrier Clare Prenter who is making a debut over the half marathon distance this weekend.