McGlynn starts as favourite to retain her Titanic crown

Ann Marie McGlynn
Ann Marie McGlynn

Ann Marie McGlynn will start hot favourite to retain her Ladies title at the 9th Titanic Quarter 10K Road Race on Sunday.

In contrast the Mens race looks to be wide open.

The event which is the official warm up for the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon is sponsored by Titanic Quarter Limited and is expected to attract upwards of 1500 competitors.

Strabane based Ann Marie was the captain of the Irish bronze medal squad at the European Cross Country in December.

She won comfortably here last year and has since retained her Waterside and Queens crowns and placed first at Letterkenny. She should complete her double.

Letterkenny clubmate Natasha Adams came second last year. She is the Irish Master Cross Country Champion and came third behind Ann Marie and Teresa Doherty at Queens.

Louise Smith the Northern Ireland Masters winner came first in the Bangor 10K and second in the Seeley while Rebecca Murtagh the Rollercoaster winner came fifth in last year’s Titanic.

Double cross country medallist Danielle Fegan has the potential to make the rostrum.

She won the Irish Intermediate title.

The Mens race won last year by Paul Pollock from Joe McAllister will be hotly contested with Scott Rankin, Conor Duffy and Brian Campbell all having chances.

Rankin was an impressive third last year and has since placed second in both the Seeley and Queens 5K. He took bronze in the Senior Cross Country and will not be far away.

Conor Duffy won the Ulster Intermediate and Novice titles and came third at Greencastle while triple Senior champion Brian Campbell is coming back to form with fourth places at both Bangor and Larne.

There is a £3,000 plus prize list covering all groups plus the top two male and female teams.

There are goodie bags, commemorative tshirts and medals for all finishers.

This year will see the 10,000th finisher overall cross the line for a special award provided by Underarmour.

The official charity is Marie Curie Cancer Cure and the daffodil team will be running for them.

The event starts at the Abercorn Residential Complex and covers the Queens, Sydenham and Airport roads before finishing at the Public Record Office. There will also be family fun activities. The fun run starts at 1.30pm with the main event at 2.15pm.

Meanwhile Seamus Lynch will be fancied in Saturday’s Donard/Commedagh Mountain Race in the Mournes which includes the second round of the Podium 4 Sport Championship. He was an impressive winner of the first round at Glenariff.

Alan Bogle, David Steele, Neil Carty and Ian Bailey can dispute second while reigning champion Diane Wilson and Shileen O’Kane look good in the Ladies. The action starts from Donard Park at 11 o’clock.