ATHLETICS: Massive entry for Jimmy Murray Memorial race in Downpatrick

Brendan Teer
Brendan Teer

Upwards of 800 runners will be pounding the roads round Downpatrick on Sunday for the Jimmy Murray Memorial 10K Road Race.

There is added spice this year for the event which is promoted by East Down AC with the addition of three top African marathon stars.

Daniel Chepyegon from Uganda has run two hours eight for the 26 miles distance and has a blistering 62 minutes at half marathon, while Gideon Kimosop of Kenya has clocked two hours 16 and Vincent Kiprotich has a series of fast times.

Brendan Teer from the promoting club will lead the home challenge. He came fourth last time behind many times winner Joe McAllister, Eddie McGinley and James O’Hare.

Louise Smith in tremendous form this season can be the one to watch in the Ladies. The North Belfast athlete had an impressive success in the Masters Championships.

Denise Logue, Rebecca Murtagh and Amanda Perry, second, third and fourth last year will be among the front runners along with Penny Lindsay. Laura Gardiner should be top Junior.

There is a generous prize list covering all categories with special £50 bonuses on offer if the course records of 30:20 for Men and 34:17 for Women are broken.

There will be pacers for the 40, 45, 50 and 60 minute groups.

The main event and the 2 x 5K Relay will start from East Down Club Rooms, Ballydougan Industrial Estate, Downpatrick at 11am. There will be Junior events at Asda Car Park from 9.30am.

On Saturday, the Magherafelt Harriers 10K Classic will be held from Meadowbank Sports Arena starting at 12 noon.

The favourites for individual honours can be Aaron Meharg of Acorns and Julie Murphy of Lagan Valley.