Bay Road 5k Classic set for tomorrow night

Connor Bradley, centre, winner of the SSE Airtricity 10K at Ebringotn. Also included, are Scott rankin 2nd, on right, and Declan Reed 3rd on left. DER1414SL005 Photo: Stephen Latimer
Connor Bradley, centre, winner of the SSE Airtricity 10K at Ebringotn. Also included, are Scott rankin 2nd, on right, and Declan Reed 3rd on left. DER1414SL005 Photo: Stephen Latimer

TWO big 10K weekend races in Belfast and Dublin have set the stage perfectly for tomorrow night’s annual Bay Road 5 Kms. which should attract some of the best local club athletes and recreational runners to the flat, fast Riverside course.

And local bragging rights, personal performances and not forgetting N. Ireland Championship silverware and N. I. Masters League points are all up for grabs.

Entries will be taken at race Headquarters in the UU Magee Sports Centre, Rock Road from 6 p.m. tomorrow night with the race start set for 7.30 p.m. on the Riverside Walkway, close to the KFC site.

Pre-entry can still be made up to 3 p.m. tomorrow by emailing, name, gender, age on race day and club if any, to furey5kentry@gmail.com

All race packs and payment of the £8/E10 entry fee can be sorted at race HQ tomorrow evening from 6pm to 7.15 p.m.

The up-front race picture has yet to fully emerge but both established local clubs Foyle Valley and City of Derry Spartans are expected to feature squads who will feature in the battle for honours at the sharp end of the action on the spectator friendly lap course.

Last year’s top two Declan Reed (on right) and Scott Rankin, the latter placing third in Sunday’s Titanic 10K, are expected to line up with Keith Shields and possibly Connor Bradley - fourth in Sunday’s Great Ireland Mile in Dublin - others who could feature. 2013 female champion Catherine Whoriskey is just about to become a first time mother so a new name will appear on the 2014 results sheet with no clear contender yet to emerge. However come race day the quality will be there on the start line for sure.

The talented Lifford AC pair Anne Marie McGlynn and Natasha Adams finished top two in the Titanic race with good 35m 12s and 36m 21s clockings in the blustery conditions and provided their recent busy racing schedule hasn’t got to them, they could be the big names for tomorrow’s women’s race.

The NI championship tag will bring in some runners from further afield, Springwell, Orangegrove and East Down have all pre-entered runners.

The NI Masters 2013/14 League also has the Bay Road race as its final scoring event so that will attract some of those still chasing League podium spots, including the local Spartans stalwarts, Jackie McGinley, Hannah Shields, Una Gavan and Paul McCafferty who all are chasing top three League spots in their respective age categories.

Finally the 5K organisers want to point out that all potential 5K runners must be at least 13 years of age on race day, to comply with governing body permit regulations.

Kids 1K Run Entry Process

The main event will be complemented by a 1K run for children who may be interested in qualifying for the Mini Marathon at the June 1st Walled City Marathon. Tomorrow night’s 1K will be the second qualifying run for the big June event and entries which are free, will be taken from 6pm at the Da Vinci’s Car Park for the run start at 7.30 p.m.

The 1K runners will take in the last Kilometre of the 5K, which is entirely on the Bay Road circuit and traffic free. Intending participants should endeavour to get entered early as the start point is about three minutes away from Da Vinci’s and the 1K must start on time to avoid a clash with the 5K runners who will be on the circuit by 7.35 p.m.