Record entry set for Runher Coastal Challenge

Cathy McCourt will start favourite on Friday night
Cathy McCourt will start favourite on Friday night

A record entry of more than 1500 is expected for Friday night’s Belfast Telegraph Women’s Only 9th Runher Coastal Challenge in County Down.

A record entry of more than 1500 is expected for tonight’s Belfast Telegraph Women’s Only 9th Runher Coastal Challenge in County Down.

The 10K race starts at 7pm at Seapark, Holywood and moves along the coastal path past Cultra, Craigavad and Helen’s Bay to the finish in Crawfordsburn Country Park – because of the massive field the runners will start in waves.

For the very first time there will also be a 5K which starts at 6.30pm at Rockport, also finishing at Crawfordsburn, although these runners will be spared the big ‘heartbreak’ hill towards the end.

Cathy McCourt has a tremendous record in this event and will start hot favourite for another victory.

She came first recently at Ballymena and Whitehead.

There will be many personalities.

Dame Mary Peters is a regular participant. Violet Davidson will be running along with her daughter and grand-daughter while the Ballygalget Biggest Losers are celebrating their tremendous successes at weight loss.

There will be a team challenge spot prizes and many other features in what will be a tremendous atmosphere.

Meanwhile, Andrew Annett and Heather Foley scored impressive victories at the Bann 10K Road Race at Havelock Park.

Annett, from North Belfast, was clear by halfway and came in 71 seconds ahead of runner-up Barrie Atkinson of East Down.

Gerry O’Neill, famed for running the Dublin Marathon when aged just 13, was four seconds back in third with Gerard Heaney, Brian Young and Ryan Moore making up the top six.

Heather Foley was equally in control of the Women’s race which she led all the way to win by over a minute from Louise Smyth and Gillian Burns.

Jim Corbett retained his wheelchair crown ahead of perennial rival Paul Hannon.

Dromore had a double in the fun run with Ethan Dunn winning the Boys from Daniel Atkinson of East Down and Bethany Nixon maintaining the family tradition by taking the Girls.