Massive field expected for “Marty’s Run”

ANOTHER busy competitive weekend is in the offing with road race action in Belfast and Derry on the agenda.

Victoria Park, adjacent to George Best Airport in East Belfast, hosts the re inaugerated N. Ireland Road Relay Championships tomorrow and on Sunday it’s very much a local affair as the second staging of the highly popular “Marty’s Run” looks set to attract big numbers to the Glengalliagh Road/ and Skeoge Road circuit.

“Marty’s Run” pays tribute to the late Martin Gallagher of Foyle Valley A.C. who was tragically killed two years ago and the 5K run organised by his club will attract massive numbers of runners and walkers on Sunday morning.

Entries can be made at the Templemore Sports Complex tomorrow (Saturday), between 12 noon and 5.00 p.m. and again on Sunday morning from 9.00 a.m. to 10.30 a.m.

The race starts close to St Brigid’s College on the Glengalliagh Road at 11.00 a.m. and finishes back at the Templemore Sports Complex after a circuit around the Skegoe Road and the Buncrana Road.

Locals intending to participate are asked to enter tomorrow (Sat.) if at all possible as Sunday is likely to be very busy indeed and the organisers would greatly appreciate early entry to minimise congestion on the day.

In excess of 1,000

last year

Last year’s event attracted walkers, joggers and runners of all ages and abilities with in excess of 1,000 taking part in memory of a highly respected young man whose life was tragically cut short on Hallowe’en night.

The race fee is £10 and the first 700 entrants will receive a commemorative T-Shirt. Water and snacks will be available at the finish.

There will also be prizes for the usual race categories and perpetual trophy for the first male and female runners.

All runners, walkers and joggers are openly invited to take part in this special event and it is hoped that last year’s winners will again toe-the-line to ensure a highly competitive 5 kms. race.

However, it’s also important to note the community aspect of the event with joggers and walkers of all abilities particularly welcome to take part in memory of Marty Gallagher and, indeed, his family circle. As usual, the race presentations will take place in the Three Flowers Bar, Coshquin, and everyone is invited to attend the after race function.