Road races take centre stage with three events on the schedule

Brendan Teer
Brendan Teer

There is road racing action on three fronts tonight with athletes heading for Loughinisland, Drumlough and Carnfunnock.

The on-form Brendan Teer will be red hot favourite to retain his title in the Loughinisland 5.05 Miles Race which is promoted by East Down AC and gets underway at 7.30pm.

Teer the winner of the Les Jones, Dundrum and Duncrue Races just missed out on third place in the Lisburn 10K last Wednesday and is expected to win quite comfortably here.

David McNielly and Richard Coey, second and third last time, can challenge along with the in form David O’Flaherty and Barrie Atkinson.

Catherine O’Connor was runner up 12 months ago to Cheryl Denvir but has been gpoing particularly well in the moutnain series and can reverse the placings tonight. Athanasia Sevastaki can repeat her third palce.

The Tom Cairns Memorial 5 Miles Race which starts from Drumlough Church Hall near Hillsborough at 7.30 will hopefully attaract a big field. Thre is a pictureque two laps course with registration from 6 oclock.

Also tonight the new Runher Pop-Up womens only event is being held at Carnfunnock Contry Park on the Antrim Coast.

The race follows on from the success of the Holywood to Crawfburn 10K won by Patricia O’Hagan last month. The Runher run and walk will start at Drains Bay and stays on the traffic free paths moving into the Country Park with a two lap 5k and four lap 10k distance finihsing in the Walled Gardens of the park. The action starts at 7.30.