2012 has already been a record-breaking year for the Titanic Quarter 10K run - the official warm-up race for the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon - with entry levels soaring to 1600 pre entries! With just a few days to go, organisers are inundated with calls from runners looking to sign up for the event which takes place on Sunday, April 22nd, the last day of the forthcoming Titanic Festival.
Sponsored by Titanic Quarter Ltd and Belfast City Council, and organised by Athletics Northern Ireland, the Titanic Quarter 10K is now in its sixth year and has established itself as Northern Ireland’s premier 10K road race. This year’s run will once again start and finish at the public realm space at Abercorn Residential Complex (ARC), where a family fun day will be hosted with a range of activities before, during and after the race.
Athletes can still enter at pack collection which takes place at Athletics House at the Mary Peters Track from Thursday 19th April (11– 6pm), Friday 20th (11– 6pm) & Saturday 21st (11–3pm).
St Malachy’s Joe McAlister is firm favourite to take his first victory in the 10 K Race (start at 1.30 pm from Queens Road).
31 year old maths teacher McAlister is confident he will have sufficiently recovered from last Sunday’s Rotterdam Marathon where he provided invaluable pacing for a number of Irish athletes including Catriona Jennings who recorded an Olympic “A” standard qualification time. In any event Joe’s recent Downpatrick 10k win followed by victory in the Larne Half Marathon will provide him with sufficient determination to go one better than last year’s runner up spot to North Belfast’s Stephen Scullion.
In the absence of Scullion plus Eddie McGinley and Andrew Agnew the way could be clear for North’s Conor Magill plus Annadale’s Keith Purdy and David Morwood to make an impact. Magill in particular should be in the frame after a silver medal in Larne plus 4th in the Omagh Half Marathon.
On the Women’s side Newcastle’s Kerry Harty will not be defending her title as she is concentrating on her steeplechase programme in the US. Dromore’s Julie Turley should therefore take the honours especially after an impressive 11th place against international opposition in Sunday’s Great Ireland Run. She should face opposition from North Belfast’s Cathy McCourt and North Down’s Roberta Dornan.
Cool FM DJ and Northern Ireland celebrity Pete Snodden will once again be running the race, on behalf of Cash for Kids, and is determined to beat his finishing time last year of 51 minutes and 28 seconds. There is a total prize fund of £3,000, sponsored by Podium 4 Sport, with each entrant receiving a special commemorative goody bag and the ever-popular Junior Race for Under 15s will take place before the main event. Full details at www.athleticsni.org