Big crowds expected for Marty’s Walk/Run

The late Marty Gallagher
The late Marty Gallagher

Foyle Valley Athletic Club will host the third annual Walk and Run in memory of one of their prominent members, the late Marty Gallagher, on Sunday.

“Marty’s Run,” which commemorates the life of the highly respected member of the local club, was tragically knocked down and killed on November 1st 2009.

Since then, Foyle Valley and the Gallagher family have jointly organised the event which has proved phenomenally successful for the past three years.

Starting at 11.00 a.m. opposite St Brigid’s College on Derry’s Glengalliagh Road, the route takes runners and walkers along the Skeoge Road and at the Buncrana Road with the finish at the Templemore Sports Complex.

Registration will take place in the Templemore Sports Complex from 12.00 noon to 5.00 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday) and from 9.00 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. on race day itself.

As usual, the event is expected to attract large numbers, therefore, the organisers would appeal to all those taking part to register on Saturday next, rather than on race day, to avoid any delays on the race day itself.

Competitors should also allow approximately 20 minutes to walk or jog from Templemore Sports Complex to the starting line opposite St Brigid’s College.

The race fee is £10 and the first 600 entrants will receive a commemorative, quality, technical T-Shirt, a bottle of water and a snack will be available for all finishers at the finishing line.

There will be prizes for the usual run categories and a perpetual trophy for the first male and female runners home.

The presentations will take place shortly after the run and walk at the Three Flowers Bar and Restaurant at Coshquin.

Huge community support for the third annual Marty’s Run continues and the organisers extend their sincere thanks to all their loyal sponsors.

City of Culture Triathlon

Meanwhile, the North West Triathlon Club is gearing up to mark Derry’s city of culture with a Foyle triathlon.

The sprint triathlon will be held next June in addition to the club’s annual signature event, the Liam Ball Sprint Triathlon, but is expected to attract even greater entries to mark Derry’s designation as City of Culture 2013.

Unlike the Liam Ball Triathlon, the City of Culture Triathlon will involve a 750 m open water swim in the River Foyle around the Marina at Queen’s Quay.

The swim will be followed by a 20 kilometre cycle involving two loops of the city, allowing the triathletes to take in the sights from both Foyle Bridge and Craigavon Bridge, as well as Strand Road, Limavady Road and Culmore Road.

Of course, the latest Foyle crossing will not be left out, as the Peace Bridge and the newly refurbished Ebrington Square will be the centrepieces in the 5 kms. run which will finish at the Derry City Council offices.

In preparation for the Foyle event, more than 40 members of North-West Triathlon Club braved the cold waters of the river at 8 a.m. last Sunday morning before a ‘dry’ run of the cycle and run courses.

Eamon Harkin, of NWTC, told the ‘Journal’ that the “trial run” was held in order to stage the perfect event to mark the City of Culture.

“This will be one of the biggest sporting events in the city during the City of Culture celebrations and we expect many hundreds of athletes to travel from all over the country and even beyond to take part.”

“A question and answer session was held with those who took part to get some feedback on how the race can be perfected,” he added.

“The participants were then treated to well deserved tea and scones in the local CoffeeHouse.

“I’d like to say a big word of thanks from the NWTC committee to all members who took part and a big thanks to Paul Bryson from the Port & Harbour Commission, for the use of their facilities on the Clipper Pontoon, to Foyle Search & Rescue for looking after the safety of the swimmers while in the water and to the owners and staff of The Coffee House on Atlantic Quay for their hospitality.”