Top runners are Heading for Armagh

Paul Pollock
Paul Pollock

Leading runners from the USA, Poland, France, England, Scotland, Wales and all parts of Ireland are being lined up for the 24th Brooks Armagh International Road Race in the spectacular surrounds of the floodlit Mall on the 20th of next month.

Marathon star Mark Kenneally, with a best of 13:36.71 for 5,000, and Edinburgh fifth placer Michael Mulhare, will head the Irish squad. Dustin Emerick will lead the USA. He has a time of 14:03.

Matt Bowser, the 2011 Armagh winner, is in the English representation along with national U23 5,000 metres champion Adam Clarke and Universities 10,000 gold medalist Alex Dunbar.

The organisers hope that Irish Inter Counties champion Paul Pollock, third last time behind winner Ethan Shaw of the USA will spearhead the local challenge along with Eddie McGinley and Paddy Hamilton.

In the ladies Irish Olympic marathon girl Ava Hutchinson will be starting favourite. She came second at the Mall last year to Mary Cullen with Kerry Harty a former winner in third.

Matylda Szlezak from Poland was an Olympic steeplechase semi-finalist in London while Ellie Stephens from Birchfield has finished in the top seven for the last five years including two appearances on the rostrum.

More big names will be announced shortly for the 12 race meeting which caters for all age groups from under 9s up to the senior internationals.

Meanwhile, Athletics Northern Ireland are holding their popular hurdles and shot indoor meeting at the University of Ulster Jordanstown on Wednesday night.

The meeting includes 60 metres hurdles and 60 metres flat for all age groups from U14 girls and boys up to senior men and women plus shot putt for all.

Registration is from 6.30pm. The competition will begin at 7pm with the ladies and girls shot also at 7pm and men and boys shot at 8pm.