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20th February, 2013


Marathon warm-up race hoping to break more records 

The race is on for the 2013 Titanic Quarter 10K, with a new sponsor on board and organisers once again hoping for a record-breaking entry. Runners have already begun signing up for the race, which will take place this year on Sunday, April 21st.

Co-sponsored by Titanic Quarter Limited and its telecommunications agent, Atlas Communications, and organised by Athletics NI, the event is now in its seventh year. As the official Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon warm-up race, the Titanic Quarter event has established itself as the largest standalone 10K race in Northern Ireland’s athletics calendar.

The route will be the same as last year – starting and finishing at the public realm space at Abercorn Residential Complex (ARC) – and the family fun day will provide a range of activities for spectators to enjoy before, during and after the race.

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

“It’s a great honour to officially launch what is the seventh Titanic Quarter 10K run and we greatly look forward to welcoming thousands of runners and spectators alike to our ever-changing Queen’s Island development. Last year was yet another record-breaking event for us, with over 2,000 runners of all standards and age ranges taking part, and we are confident of attracting even greater numbers for 2013.

“Titanic Quarter is extremely proud of the event’s stellar pedigree – the race is held in high regard throughout the running community across Ireland and beyond, while the family fun will keep non-runners fully entertained. We have a strong relationship with Atlas Communications and are delighted to welcome them as co-sponsor this year. We urge runners to go online and enter as soon as possible.”

Last year saw hot favourite Joe McAlister winning the men’s race. The St Malachy’s runner clocked a time of 30 minutes and 40 seconds to finish 11 seconds ahead of Annadale star Eddie McGinley. Julie Turley of Dromore took the ladies’ title with a time of 35 minutes and 53 seconds – 14 seconds quicker than second-placed Pauline Turley, a Beijing Olympic marathon runner.

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 Allen, Secretary of Athletics NI, commented:

“The success which the Titanic Quarter 10K has enjoyed in recent years has been incredible, with record entry levels being achieved year on year and a significant level of interest having already been expressed in this year’s run. Taking place just over a fortnight ahead of the Belfast City Marathon, the TQ10K always attracts a strong field of top runners who enjoy what is a predominantly flat course.

“We switched the start and finishing points to the public realm space at the ARC a few years ago which has worked extremely well and makes for a great spectacle at the finishing line. As ever, we look forward to welcoming runners of all abilities, with competitive athletes and club runners lining up alongside fun runners and joggers. The ever-popular Junior Mile for Under 15s will once again be a feature, as will the Titanic Sprint for young children.”     

Richard Simpson, of Atlas Communications, said:

“Atlas is delighted to have the opportunity to co-sponsor this year’s event with our partners at Titanic Quarter and look forward to seeing our own team take part in what’s sure to be a fantastic day.”

There is a total prize fund of £3000, with each entrant receiving a special commemorative goody bag. Entry fees are £11 for athletic club members and £13 to unattached individual runners. The entry fee for the Junior Mile is £5.

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 online entries is 15th April. Runners entering before the 31st March will be guaranteed to get their name printed on their race number.