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North Belfast Harriers Launch Pure Running Laganside 10 km – Race is Sun 6 Sept

launch2015This week saw the official launch of the 2015 Pure Running Laganside 10km which takes place on Sunday 6th September, 2pm at Ormeau Park, Belfast.

Finishers of the popular race will receive a bespoke medal featuring the “Ring of Thanksgiving” statue on the Laganside, known colloquially as “Nuala with the Hula.” Entries are capped at 1,000, and those who enter before 31st July will have their name printed on their number.

The Laganside 10km is known for being a top-class event organised by experienced volunteers from the North Belfast Harriers running club. Davy Seaton, Chairman of Athletics Northern Ireland, had this to say about the event:

“Athletics Northern Ireland is delighted to give its full support to the North Belfast Harriers organised Laganside 10k.  This popular and professionally organised event has long been a favourite with club athletes and fun runners alike.  In the past it has attracted some of the Province’s top road runners, both male and female, who look forward to competing over a fast, flat and accurately measured course.  I have no doubt the 2015 event will be another success for the organisers and their generous sponsors.”

The Laganside 10km also is the ideal “tune up” race for those considering running in the Belfast City Half Marathon on September 20. Its flat course always produces a number of personal best times.

Commenting on this year’s event, race director Matt Shields of North Belfast Harriers said:

“There’s something for everyone at the Laganside 10 km – including those trying out the distance for the first time, experienced runners looking for a personal best, workplace teams, charity runners, and kids. Every year the race is great day out and a real celebration of running in the city of Belfast.”

As in 2014, this year the race doubles as the Northern Ireland & Ulster 10 km Championships, with individual and team titles up for grabs. As usual, the Harriers and local shop Pure Running are providing generous goody bags and category prizes in the Open and Masters categories (35+). There also will be chip timing.

Entry fees are a reasonable £12 for Athletics Northern Ireland affiliated runners and £14 for unaffiliated runners.

Youngsters can take part in the 1 Mile Children’s Fun Run for boys and girls 6-15 years old.  This event will start at 1.15 pm and is contested on a safe, marshalled and flat route within Ormeau Park.

With entrance fees at only £3 and guaranteed goody bags and special medals for all children, the mile race represents great value for money.

Times for all children will be recorded but the focus of the 1 mile event is on fun and participation so adults will be allowed to run alongside younger competitors if they wish.

Runners for both the 10km and 1 mile events can now enter online at www.laganside10k.com. Online entries close 31 August.

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