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Titanic Quarter 10K Gets Up And Running

Titanic Quarter 10K Gets Up And Running

26th January, 2012


Marathon warm-up race helps commemorate centenary of maiden voyage. 

Entries have begun coming in for the 2012 Titanic Quarter 10K – the official warm-up race for the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon – which will this year take place in the shadow of the soon-to-open Titanic Belfast, the world’s largest Titanic exhibition. This year’s race date is Sunday, April 22nd, less than a month after the official opening of Titanic Belfast and just over a fortnight ahead of the Belfast City Marathon. 

Sponsored by Titanic Quarter Ltd and organised by Athletics Northern Ireland, the event 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.

Looking forward to the race, Denise Shields of Titanic Quarter Ltd said:

“The Titanic Belfast building is fast becoming the iconic symbol of Belfast in 2012 and running in its shadow will no doubt serve as a major inspiration to everyone taking part. Titanic Quarter and Belfast as a city is opening its doors to the world in April and throughout 2012 so our race may have even more of an international flavour than before as tourists avail of the opportunity to complete a 10K run around the historic Queen’s Island from which the world’s most famous ship was built and launched. 

“The event has grown significantly each year, with a record number of over 1,600 entrants in 2011, and we believe that the added poignancy of the Titanic’s centenary commemorations will attract even more runners this year. The family activities always add vibrancy and colour to the event and we would invite families to come along, support the runners and enjoy the fun.” 

Local runners dominated the top positions last year, with Stephen Scullion of North Belfast Harriers winning the men’s race in a time of 30 minutes and 47 seconds and Kerry Harty of Newcastle taking the women’s title, clocking 36 minutes and 13 seconds.

All runners will this year once again receive a text message to their mobile phones once the race is over with details of their individual position, official time and category position. A LED screen will display every runner’s name, race position and time once they cross the finish line.

John Glover, President of Athletics NI, commented:

“The Titanic Quarter 10K has become one of the most popular dates in the Athletics NI calendar and, while many runners quite rightly view it as the ideal preparation run for the Belfast City Marathon, it is also a highly competitive standalone event. It always attracts the top local runners and it was great to see them on the podiums last year after our African guest athletes have taken the top prize in previous years.

“Another great feature of this event is that it sees fun runners, joggers and club runners taking their place at the start alongside elite international athletes and we welcome runners of all ages and abilities to get involved. The Junior Race for Under 15s, which is always a crowd pleaser, will also be back by popular demand.”

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. Entry fees are £11 for athletic club members and £13 to unattached individual runners. 

Entry forms are available from Athletics NI, other athletic clubs and leisure centres. Online entry is available at www.athleticsni.org, where there will also be access to a race map and details of the family fun day. The closing date for website entries is Friday 6th April. Runners entering before April 6th will get their name printed on their number – only the second Northern Ireland event for which this facility has been available.