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Doherty looks to get his hands on Buncrana title

University of Ulster alumni, Commonwealth Games Gold medal winning boxerEamon OKane and Judo Silver medal winner Lisa Bradley, join UU Provost, Prof. Alastair Adair, in showing off the Queens Baton.

University of Ulster alumni, Commonwealth Games Gold medal winning boxerEamon OKane and Judo Silver medal winner Lisa Bradley, join UU Provost, Prof. Alastair Adair, in showing off the Queens Baton.

There could be record breaking tonight as 400 competitors take to the roads in the 11th Annual Furey Insurances Buncrana 5K.

Ciaran Doherty is the defending mens champion.

He ran 14 minutes 34 the fastest in this race by an Irish runner and just outside the 14:18 set by Kenyan Freddy Sittuk two years ago.

Doherty may start favourite but he may well have to contend with Gary Murray, Scott Rankin and Declan Reed.

Murray is the former Irish and Northern Ireland cross country champion, Rankin comes to the event fresh from his win in the Wilkie’s 5 Miles Classic while Reed is the reigning Irish Masters champion.

The ladies record of 16 minutes 7 set by Maria McCambridge will be under strong threat with a sub 16 minutes clocking a distinct possibility.

Lifford trio Ann Marie McGlynn, Natasha Adams and Claire McGuigan are all in tremendous form with Ann Marie looking the most likely.

She came first in the Queens 5K followed four days later with victory in the Titanic 10K and the former All Ireland junior champion has all the credentials to succeed.

Entries will be taken tonight from 5.30 with the action starting at 7.30.

Meanwhile after four wonderful days travelling throughout Northern Ireland, the Queen’s Baton Relay has ended another leg of its global journey at the University of Ulster campus in Belfast.

Themed around people, places and performance, the trip has certainly whetted the appetite for the Commonwealth Games which will begin in Glasgow on 23rd

Having already been to 66 countries on its 180,000km journey, the Baton was hosted by the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Council (NICGC) and broadcast to a worldwide audience as it visited some of our most iconic tourist attractions including Parliament Buildings and the Giant’s Causeway.

 

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