Road race action choices are widely available again this weekend with the Gortin 10 kms tomorrow and a double header on Sunday with the Titanic 10 kms. in Belfast and the Inishowen Half Marathon in Buncrana this Sunday.
There’s also the London Marathon on Sunday with a sizeable local contingent committed, many of them travelling with the Foyle Hospice group and, just for good measure, four local teenage school students will also line-up in the supporting Mini Marathon.
St Columb’s Shane McGowan (right), Lumen Christi’s Amy Jackson (far right) and Thornhill’s Clodagh and Aoife Laverty are the quartet in question. They will represent Northern Ireland in the Inter-Regional Mini Marathon which uses the final three miles of the full marathon course and provides an ideal warm up event for the arrival of the full marathon finishers.
Well done and good luck to them!
The busy road race schedule kicks-off tomorrow (Saturday) in Co. Tyrone with the Gortin 10K set for a 12.00 noon start. This one will probably suffer from the pull of the Titanic 10K in Belfast on Sunday. The big Belfast race has an expected entry of around 1,500 and has a 2.15 p.m. start time.
Foyle Valley and City of Derry both have some quality runners on the start list with Scott Rankin and Declan Reed set to renew their rivalry after their recent tight tussle at the local Bay Road 5K.
Richard Johnston, third in the Bay Road race, John Lenehan and Paul McCafferty are on the Spartans team-sheet while Foyle Valley have confirmed Pius McIntyre, Chris McGuinness and Adrian McGowan to back up Scott Rankin in what should be another interesting local battle.
Closer to home and closer to the needs of prospective Walled City Marathon runners is the Inishowen Half Marathon in Buncrana at 12.00 noon on Sunday.
Specially set up to assist runners prepare for the June 2nd Walled City Marathon, it should attract a large entry and pre-race registration can be done online at: www.inishowenac.com
Race start is at the Buncrana Leisure Centre on the Shore Front and, no doubt, late entries will be taken there on Sunday morning as wel.
The course incorporates much of the Buncrana 5K and 10K circuits, heads out to Linsfort and returns to the Market Square finish via Cockhill.
And with six weeks remaining to the Walled City Marathon in Derry, a test over the half distance should be a must for the June 2nd hopefuls and it certainly helps that this event is literally just down the road.
Confirmation that City of Derry’s James Brown grabbed a National 10K individual M40 silver medal last Sunday in Dublin.
His 41st place overall in 33 mins. 52 secs., in extremely blustery conditions, was good enough for the Masters 40 individual silver, a well deserved reward for the talented Donegal man.
Meanwhile, news from America on a decent 5,000m track run by J. P. Williamson.
The exiled Spartan clocked just under 15 mins. 09 secs. as he finished a close-up third at the Cumberland College Invitational Meeting, the winner was a mere two seconds in front.