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Titanic Quarter event is up and running

READY: Runners Jessica Craig and Ryan Holt  along with Denise Shields of Titanic Quarter and Richard Simpson of Atlas Communications.

READY: Runners Jessica Craig and Ryan Holt along with Denise Shields of Titanic Quarter and Richard Simpson of Atlas Communications.

The race is on for the 2013 Titanic Quarter 10K, with a new sponsor on board and organisers once again hoping for a record-breaking entry.

Runners have already begun signing up for the race, which will take place this year on Sunday, April 21.

Co-sponsored by Titanic Quarter Limited and its telecommunications agent, Atlas Communications, and organised by Athletics NI, the event is now in its seventh year. As the official Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon warm-up race, the Titanic Quarter event has established itself as the largest standalone 10K race in Northern Ireland’s athletics calendar.

The route will be the same as last year – starting and finishing at the public realm space at Abercorn Residential Complex (ARC) – and the family fun day will provide a range of activities for spectators to enjoy before, during and after the race.

Looking forward to the run, Denise Shields of Titanic Quarter, said: “It’s a great honour to officially launch what is the seventh Titanic Quarter 10K run and we greatly look forward to welcoming thousands of runners and spectators alike to our ever- changing Queen’s Island development.

“Last year was yet another record-breaking event for us, with over 2,000 runners of all standards and age ranges taking part, and we are confident of attracting even greater numbers for 2013.”

Last year saw hot favourite Joe McAlister winning the men’s race. The St Malachy’s runner clocked a time of 30 minutes and 40 seconds to finish 11 seconds ahead of Annadale star Eddie McGinley. Julie Turley of Dromore took the ladies’ title with a time of 35 minutes and 53 seconds – 14 seconds quicker than second-placed Pauline Turley, a Beijing Olympic marathon runner.

John Allen, Secretary of Athletics NI, commented: “The success which the Titanic Quarter 10K has enjoyed in recent years has been incredible, with record entry levels being achieved year on year and a significant level of interest having already been expressed in this year’s run.”

 

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