With less than two weeks to go before the event, organisers expect the race to reach its quota of 1000 runners. That means no entries will be available on the day. Runners can still register online now for the 10k or the Rossi’s 1 Mile Children’s Fun Run for boys and girls 6-15 years old at www.laganside10k.com.
Online entries have been extended to Wednesday 3 September at noon.
The race takes place on Sunday 7th September, 2pm at Ormeau Park, Belfast, with the children’s run starting at 1.15 on a safe, marshalled and flat route within Ormeau Park.
Finishers of the popular race will receive a bespoke, hand-designed medal featuring scenes from the city of Belfast. The Laganside 10km is the perfect “tune up” race for those considering running in the Belfast City and/or Waterside Half Marathons in September, and its flat course always produces a number of personal best times.
A number of top local athletes will contest the championship race, with the women’s field featuring recent Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games competitors Kerry O’Flaherty of Newcastle AC and Gladys Ganiel O’Neill of the race’s host club, North Belfast Harriers (NBH). NBH will be looking to defend the title it won last year, with a team that also includes Cathy McCourt and Louise Smith. North Down, led by Rachel Gibson and Jessica Craig, should provide a strong challenge.
The NBH men will also be looking to defend the title they won last year, and expect strong challenges from perennial favourites Annadale, City of Derry and St Malachy’s. The race for the individual title appears to be wide open with the top three from last year’s championship, Conor Bradley of Derry, Paddy Hamilton of Annadale, and Joe McAlister of St Malachy’s, not returning. Pre-entrant Scott Rankin of Foyle Valley should be a factor.
NBH and local shop Pure Running are providing generous goody bags and category prizes in the Open and Masters categories (35+).
Apart from the athletics club competition, the race will feature the new BLT9 Corporate Cup for workplace teams.
Entry fees are a reasonable £12 for Athletics Northern Ireland affiliated runners and £14 for unaffiliated runners. With entrance fees at only £3 and guaranteed goody bags and medals for all children, the mile race represents great value for money. Special medals will also be presented to first and second placed children in the following categories: Under 7; Under 9; Under 11; Under 13 and Under 15.
Times for all children will be recorded but the focus of the 1 mile event is on fun and participation so mums or dads will be allowed to run alongside younger competitors if they wish.
This year’s event is sponsored by Pure Running, BLT9 and Rossi’s. The official fund raising partner is the Northern Ireland Hospice. Last year the event raised around £7,500 for the Children’s Hospice.
This year the focus is on the Northern Ireland Hospice’s “buy a brick” rebuilding campaign. All sponsorship from the Laganside 10K will go directly towards the rebuild project. Runners who opt to support the Hospice will receive a fundraising pack from the charity, see: http://laganside10k.com/run-for-the-ni-hospice/.
Any queries about entries, the races, fund raising or prizes should be posted on the official Laganside 10km Facebook page or to the North Belfast Harriers Twitter account (@nbharriers).
The official race website is www.laganside10k.com