Last year’s winners Conor Duffy and Ann-Marie McGlynn return to defend their titles in the 10th Titanic Quarter 10k race on Sunday in an event which has attracted 1500 entries.
Duffy from Glaslough the former novice and intermediate champion won the Bundoran 10 miles and will start favourite unless Seeley winner Gary Murray makes a late entry. Duffy will be pushed hard by Scott Rankin, Chris Madden and Chris McGuinness.
Rankin came second last time just 10 seconds behind, Madden was fourth while McGuinness is in great form with runner-up position in the Larne Half Marathon.
Andrew Agnes, Seamus Lynch, David O’Flaherty, Paul Barbour third last year, Ben Morrow and Neil Weir will all challenge. 1992 Olympian Tommy Hughes is an interesting entry for Termoneeny.
The ladies race will be a fascinating clash between Ann-Marie McGlynn and Kerry O’Flaherty. It is a re-match of their Seeley battle.
The Strabane based runner is bidding for a hat-trick of Titanic victories. She set a record for the Greencastle 5 miles and was first F35 in the Masters International.
Kerry O’Flaherty has qualified for the Olympic Steeplechase and is almost certain to go to Rio. She defeated her Olympic rivals to win the Irish indoor 3000 and then had a runaway success in Downpatrick. The atmosphere should be electric.
Marathon star Gladys Glaniel came third in the Seeley, Shalene McMurray won the Northern Ireland cross country title, Rebecca Henderson was third in that race with Jodi Smith fifth while Louise Smith came second in Omagh. Omagh and Larne winner Laura Graham may compete along with former junior star Emma Mitchell.
Team wise Kerry and Shalene can lead Newcastle to gold medals.
There are huge prizes in all categories with all finishers given a commemorative medal with views of H&W Cranes and the famous ship plus a goodie bag.
Lagan Valley pair Cormac O’Rourke and Molly Dougan will attempt to repeat their successes in the family one mile run which opens the programme.
The main event starts at 2.15 with the one mile at 1.30.