Impressive McGinley man to beat at Ards half marathon

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Almost 1,000 runners will be in action on Friday night in the 7th Ards Half Marathon and nine Miles Walk which is organised by Ards Borough Council.

The race which has a generous prize list of £3,000 plus includes the Northern Ireland Championships and it is also the sixth round of the Pure Running/ChampionChip Ireland Series.

Eddie McGinley narrowly lost out to Gary Murray in the closing stages of the Lisburn 10K and should start favourite here.

The Annadale Strider was a comfortable winner of the Omagh Half Marathon and clocked just over 66 minutes in Gothenburg.

Keith Purdy was an impressive third in the Lisburn Half Marathon behind Freddy Sittuk and Sean Hehir and will feature along with Francis Marsh and Andrew Considine fifth and sixth here last time and former champion Brian Campbell.

Loughinisland winner Brendan Teer will not be far away while Richard Coey, Barrie Atkinson and David Proctor will also feature.

There is a chance that Lisburn and Newry winner Freddy Sittuk, second at Ards 12 months ago, will make a late entry.

Commonwealth bound Gladys Ganiel looks certain to add this victory to her Lisburn crown.

The sub two hours 40 marathon runner has been in great form.

Amanda Perry, Gillian Cordner, Susan Smyth, Andrea Heslip, Catherine Roberts, Anne Fitzpatrick and Louise Smith will all chase high places.

The race starts and finishes just outside Ards Leisure Centre.

The runners will head up towards Scrabo before turning onto the outskirts of Comber and returning to Newtownards. The action starts at 6.30.

p World indoor champion Richard Kilty has his sights set on domestic supremacy at the Sainsbury’s British Championships in Birmingham this weekend.

The 24-year-old from Stockton-on-Tees knows he his now a marked man after his shock 60msuccess at the World Indoor Championships in Poland. in March.