ATHLETICS: Laura Graham hot favourite to prevail at Dambusters Half Marathon at the Silent Valley Reservoir

Laura Graham
Laura Graham

Laura Graham will be hot favourite for the Dambusters Half Marathon at the Silent Valley Reservoir on Saturday.

The event – organised by Born 2 Run – includes the 10th and last round of the Pure Running/ChampionChip Ireland Series and is expected to attract upwards of 500 runners.

Graham, from Mourne Runners, has dominated the series with her wins including Larne, Omagh, Newry and Ards and she added the National title in Dublin and should win again comfortably.

Last year’s champion Karen Alexander may enter again while Martsje Hell, Amanda Perry, Eileen Stephenson, Ann Fitzpatrick and Gillian Logan will all go well.

David Simpson from Newcastle, winner at Groomsport, can dispute the Men’s race with Danny McLaughlin from St Malachy’s who took the Sea 2 Sky victory.

The half marathon starts at 11am, the walk at 11:30am and 10K at 12noon.

Meanwhile, William McKee and Diane Wilson will be fancied for the Slieve Bearnagh Mountain Race which includes the eighth round of the NIMRA Championship.

Meanwhile, the finals of the Northern Ireland Youth Development League will be held in the Antrim Forum on Saturday starting at 10am.