Almost 2,000 runners ready for Walled City Marathon

Picture by Darren Kidd /Presseye.com

Picture by Darren Kidd /Presseye.com

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Almost 2,000 runners will take part in the much anticipated Walled City Marathon this Sunday morning around a River Foyle based 26.2 miles course.

Starting at Prehen at 8.30 a.m. the Marathon will finish in the historic Guildhall Square, from approximately 10.50 am and should attract thousands of spectators as it winds its way along the banks of the Foyle.

City of Derry’s Greg Roberts is expected to head up the local challenge and the Foyle Festival Marathon winner from 1984 and 1985, Tommy Hughes of Maghera, will wear race number one as he goes in search of a third Derry win.

The great bulk of the field, however, will be happy just to get around and will be relying on their training miles and the support of spectators along the route to achieve that target.

The large groups of runners seen throughout the City and environs in recent months is testament to that application to training and here’s hoping all the hard work pays off big time on Sunday.

A key area will be the climb up Fahan Street at the 25 mile mark.

This is where the runners enter the historic Walled City, at Butcher Gate, and the organisers have promised to create a “ wall of sound” there to boost the runners through a crucial stage late in the race.

Could be the place to be Sunday morning and early afternoon!

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