ATHLETICS: Brendan Teer aiming for Classic gold in Bangor test

Brendan Teer
Brendan Teer

Brendan Teer will be aiming to strike gold in Saturday’s Bangor Aurora 10K Classic Road Race from Castle Park.

The event, sponsored by Ards and North Down Borough Council and Aurora, is expected to attract upwards of 800 competitors.

Teer, from East Down, ran 31:54 for the distance when fifth at the Laganside and followed with an impressive fourth in the Belfast Half Marathon behind two Kenyans and Paddy Hamilton.

Joe McAllister, seventh behind Teer in the Laganside, is a possible contender. The St Malachy’s athlete is a former Bangor winner and a national 10,000 and half marathon champion.

Paul Rowan came first and Whitehead second at Comber and the Willowfield Harrier is never far from the front.

The promoting North Down club will have Dennis Scott and Francis Marsh eighth and 10th last year along with Mark Weir and top Junior Jamie McMeechan.

Ben Morrow and Lindsay Gordon are other top names while former Masters champion Ray Curran looks good in the M60.

There can be a home victory in the Ladies race won last year by Louise Smith from Cathy McCourt. Rachel Gibson and Jessica Craig form a very strong pairing.

Jessica won at Crawfordsburn and was fourth here 12 months ago while Rachel - winner at Coleraine last week - is the Northern Ireland 800 champion.

Denise Logue – runner-up at Crawfordsburn and the Les Jones 10K - Catherine Diver, Ruth Perioli and Jodi Smith will all be in the medal hunt.

The wheelchair event will again be very close between Paul Hannon and Jim Corbett with Jack Agnew likely to be third.

There is a great prize list covering all categories with £300 for the top man and woman.

The action starts at 11 o’clock in Castle Park and moves through the town before returning to finish in Ward Park.

Meanwhile, there is a feast of distance running in Saturday’s 26 Extreme Causeway Coast Marathon Series.

Jonny Steede and Fran McFadden will be favourites for the 40 miles event which starts at 7.15am in Portstewart and goes to Ballintoy before finishing in Portballintrae.

The marathon starts at 9.30am in Portballintrae and goes to Ballintoy and back. Don Travers and Gillian Cordner look good for the top placings.

The half marathon from Ballintoy from Portballintrae goes at 12.30pm with Mark McKinstry, Dermot Mathers and Karen Alexander the leading contenders.

The last round of the Northern Ireland Mountain Racing Championship also on Saturday is the Fallows Race at Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor.

Series leader Seamus Lynch can win the Men’s from Sam Herron and Clive Bailey with Deon McNeely returning from injury, while leader Shileen O’Kane and Ben Nevis winner Diane Wilson head the Ladies.