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Danielle Fegan and Catherine O’Connor could lead the ladies in Banbridge Road Race

Paddy Hamilton, a winner here at Lisburn last year, is not expected to defend his title at Banbridge

Paddy Hamilton, a winner here at Lisburn last year, is not expected to defend his title at Banbridge

  • by Dave McKibbin
 

There should be 900 competitors in action on Wednesday night in the Bann 10K Road Race and 4K Fun Run in Banbridge.

Danielle Fegan from Armagh will be strongly fancied in the ladies. She has placed second and third in the Senior Cross Country Championships at Greenmount as well as winning at Rostrevor and coming fourth in the high class Seeley Cup 10K.

Catherine O’Connor from East Down came second in the Castleward 10K and has been running well in the mountains. She can certainly take a rostrum place.

Last year’s first and third Claire Connor and Julie Murphy are possibilities along with Cathy McCourt.

The men’s race won last year by Paddy Hamilton of Annadale looks wide open. Paddy ran the half marathon in Sweden at the weekend and is an unlikely starter.

Brian Young had a good run in the Les Jones 10K on Friday. He has been second in Banbridge for the last two seasons and could go one better this time.

David O’Flaherty, Alan Ritchie and Nigel McKibbin can also go well in what will be an exciting event.

The wheelchairs could provide the race of the day as Patrick Monaghan, Paul Hannon and Jim Corbett go head to head.

Monaghan burst onto the scene by winning the Larne Half Marathon from Hannon and Corbett and did the same at Omagh ahead of Corbett and Hannon although Hannon had machine trouble after halfway.

Patrick McNiff led the fun runners last year and comes fresh from striking gold over 1,500 metres at the Ulster Schools. He is not the only Schools champion in the line up as Banbridge Academy team mate Elizabeth Little won 100 metres and long jump.

The 10K will be started by TV sports reporter Denise Watson who will then take part in the fun run herself.

The action starts at Havelock Park at 7pm.

 

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