Preview of the Laganside 10km
This Sunday’s Laganside 10km takes place around Ormeau Embankment, Belfast City Centre and the River Lagan – and organisers are hopeful that numbers will again exceed the 1000 runner barrier.
The open 10km race is the main event. Starting at 2pm, organisers are hoping to see some of the provinces’ top elite runners toe the line.
With North Belfast Harrier Stephen Scullion only just returning to fitness, the door is open for Joe McAllister to go one better than last year. Whilst it would be great to see the likes of Scullion, McAllister, Hamilton, Pollock, Duncan, Reed and Roberts go “head to head” over the distance, unfortunately, we may have to wait until the NI Championships (Joe Seeley) in November to see any such action around the Embankment.
In the absence of the big names, the minor places will be fought out by Paul Carroll (Annadale Striders) and harriers Darryl Blair, Conor Curran, Marty Rea, Eddie Cooke, Alan Ritchie and Andrew Considine. Andrew Hicks (Dromore AC) and Francis Marsh (North Down AC) won’t be far from the sharp action either.
In the women’s race, the absence of Harriers’ starlets Breege Connolly, Gladys Ganiel and Cathy McCourt, means North Down’s Julie Balmer starts favourite but international duathlete Judith Lowry (Lisburn AC) always performs well on this course and could cause an upset*.
Organisers are providing cash prizes for the winners while category winners will receive running equipment (shoes/jackets etc) kindly provided by race sponsors Up and Running Belfast. All finishers will receive a goody bag, refreshments and a chipped time.
The fun run takes place at 1:30 and usually sees big turnouts from local clubs Beechmount Harriers, Lisburn and Lagan Valley while organisers are hoping that the recent success of Parkrun NI will see numbers in both events swell to record entries.
Following on from the success of last year’s “Corporate Challenge”, organisers have been encouraged by the local companies who have got on board again, notably FG Wilson Caterpillar and Vodafone NI and those who are running for charities Team Oscar and Marie Curie.
Please note that online entries close on Wednesday 29 August.
Race numbers and timing chips can be claimed by presenting acknowledgement emails at the Ozone Centre 12am to 3pm Saturday 1st September or 10am to 1.45pm race day Sunday the 2nd September. Postal entries will be acknowledged by return.
Further information is available at www.laganside10k.com and on Facebook/Twitter (@nbharriers)
Last year’s results: http://www.athleticsni.org/download/files/Results2011-Laganside10K.xls
information taken from pre-entries received online.