Don Travers will start favourite for the ‘Run Forest Run’ 10k trail race at Gosford Forest near Markethill on Saturday. The race organised by the Born 2 Run company is expected to attract a large entry.
Former cycling international Don Travers, from Newry, was the winner of the Groomsport Half Marathon and took several medals at the World Police and Fire Games before running strongly at the Waterside.
He came second at Gosford last year behind Adam Boyd of North Belfast who will challenge strongly. Adam returned from injury to win the Moneymore 10k and then set a personal best in the Seeley Cup.
Matthew Hewitt came fourth at Glenariff, Stuart Paulin won at Tollymore while Thomas Leitch is a consistent performer.
Karen Alexander and Cathy McCourt should be the front runners in the ladies’ race. Karen from Sperrin is the defending champion and showed her form recently with victory in the Ballyclare and Moira cross countries.
Cathy, from North Belfast, finished fourth in the Northern Ireland Senior at Greenmount ahead of Karen and has made a great recovery from injury. The triple Masters champion will not be far away.
Catriona Donaldson, Ann Havern and Catherine O’Connor can also feature in what should be a very competitive race. The action starts at 11am.
Also on Saturday Brian Young, Mark McKinstry and Michael Crawley will be front runners in the third round of the Sperrin Winter League Series at Drum Manor near Cookstown.
Ciara Toner, Nuala Kelly and Patricia Campbell can be the ladies to watch in the 10k race which gets underway at 12 noon.
Meanwhile, a large group of local athletes will be travelling to Glasgow for the Scottish National Indoor Open at the Emirates Arena.
Sprint star Amy Foster and Schools 800 champion Aislinn Crossey can take medals.