Belfast Harrier Andrew Annett will be man to catch at Annalong

Andrew Annett
Andrew Annett

Andrew Annett will be favourite for Saturday’s Run 4 Rescue Road and Trail 10 Miles promoted by Mourne Runners at Annalong.

The North Belfast Harrier, a former Slieve Donard winner, is in good form as he demonstrated when placing first at Banbridge. He will be hard to beat.

Gary Bailey from the promoting club ran strongly in the Mourne Skyline race a week ago and will feature along with Dale Mathers, Clive Bailey and possibly top Master Deon McNeilly.

Reigning champion Karen Alexander should take the Ladies event. It will be very interesting if the season’s revelation Laura Graham competes after becoming third Irish finisher in the Dublin Marathon.

Shaleen McMurray, third at Jordanstown, and Lagan Valley pair Shileen O’Kane and Hazel McLaughlin are other possibilities.

The race and four-mile run start at 11am. All proceeds will go to the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team.

Also on Saturday the Born 2 Run Minnowburn 10K is expected to attract a big field. The event is the opener of the Run Forest Run Series.

Brendan Grew from North Belfast can take the victory ahead of Ballydrain’s Richard Coey and Stuart Paulin.

Niamh Kellett from East Down will dispute the Ladies with Penny Lindsay and Janice Plumb both from North Belfast.

The race round the forest tracks near the Mary Peters Track starts at 11am.

Sunday’s event is the King of Gullion 10K Trail Race in the forest park.

Paddy Hamilton from the Slieve Gullion club will be hot favourite after his sweeping victory in the Bobby Rea Cross Country. Newry Don Travers can also make an impression.

Sam McNeilly, Anne Havern and Rita Devlin can be leading ladies.

All proceeds will go to the Southern Area Hospice.

The event starts at 10am beside the courtyard and goes to the summit of Slieve Gullion and back.