Sprint To The Finish For Titanic Quarter 10K

Sprint To The Finish For Titanic Quarter 10K

21st March, 2011

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Marathon warm-up race has exciting new development for 2011.

The home straight is approaching for entry to the 2011 Titanic Quarter 10K – and it is very much a sprint to the finish. This year’s event – the official warm-up race for the Deep Riverrock Belfast City Marathon – will include an exciting new ‘Titanic Sprint’.

Sponsored by Titanic Quarter Ltd and Belfast Harbour, and organised by Athletics Northern Ireland, the Titanic Quarter 10K is now in its fifth year and has established itself as Northern Ireland’s premier 10K road race. This year’s run will have a new finish point – 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.

A new aspect of the family fun day will see the ARC public realm area host a charity ‘Titanic Sprint’ event which will invite race competitors and spectators to test how long it would have taken them to run the length of the Titanic’s boat deck. Used for first class promenading, the area was 200ft (60.96 metres) long and was the uppermost deck on the famous ship.

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

“Time is ticking towards the closing date for entry so I would strongly urge anyone who is considering participating to get online and enter. We have been overwhelmed with the growing success of the race each year and there is already a wave of excitement building ahead of the 2011 event. The race is open to runners of all abilities, with fun runners, joggers and club athletes joining elite international athletes to produce a unique atmosphere.

“With just over a year until the centenary of the Titanic’s maiden voyage and a series of celebrations planned over the next 12 months, the race is the ideal opportunity for participants and spectators alike to get a closer look at the ever-expanding Titanic Quarter development on Belfast’s historic Queen’s Island. With the cladding process on Titanic Belfast, set to be Northern Ireland’s premier tourist facility, continuing apace, visitors will see exactly why the event has been dubbed the ‘City Run with a View’.

“The Titanic Quarter 10K is a great day out for all of the family and the ‘Titanic Sprint’ will be an exciting new addition to the event. A 60m sprint – the equivalent distance to the length of Titanic’s boat deck - will be set up in the public realm space and children and their families will be invited to enter. A special chip system will record their times, meaning they can challenge their friends, brothers or sisters – or parents – to beat their time. All proceeds from the sprint will go to Cash for Kids, for whom Cool FM’s Pete Snodden will be running the race and to which Titanic Quarter is making a donation.”

The overall prize fund for the race, sponsored by Podium 4 Sport has increased to almost £3,000, with an attractive £500 for the winners. All runners will 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.  

Burundi’s Jean Ndayisenga took the top prize in the men’s event last year from Simon Tonui of Kenya, with Ethiopian Genet Measso the lead female ahead Lagan Valley schoolgirl, Rachel Campbell, in second. Top road racers Stephen Scullion and Kerry Harty are already confirmed for this year.

John Glover, President of Athletics NI, said:

“It’s that time of year when we see a lot of runners hitting the roads in preparation for the Belfast City Marathon and a lot of these runners will see the Titanic Quarter 10K as a vital part of their pre-marathon training schedule. The increased prize money will no doubt appeal to a host of elite local runners especially as there are no international invited guests.

“Over 1,200 runners took part in last year’s event and online entries are going extremely well for 2011 so we are looking forward to what will, as ever, be an integral date in the Northern Ireland events calendar. The ‘Titanic Sprint’ will be a great addition to the day and, in tandem with the ever-popular Under-15 Junior Mile Race, will help add to the spectacle.”

Audi will be providing a lead car for the event and will have a number of show cars at the public realm area on the day. Other family fun activities will include the Belfast Titanic Society attending in traditional costume, Podium 4 Sport merchandise stall and Gait Analysis, a bouncy castle and face painters. A fun warm-up session before the race will be carried out by DW Sports with promotions and group activity.

Entry fees are £10 for athletic club members and £12 to unattached individual runners. Entry forms are available from Athletics NI, other athletic clubs and leisure centres. Online entry is available at www.niathletics.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 Monday 28th March.