Calling all TQ10K 2017 Runners
01 December 2016
Craig McMeechan is urging all athletes to get their entry in early for the prestigious TQ10K event.
Following the success of last year’s TQ10K, 2017 is shaping up to be just as exciting. With a brand new exclusive medal design in the pipeline, and the announcement that TQ10K 2017 is revamping its route, it is undoubtedly a race any runner would want to be part of.
North Down AC athlete Craig McMeechan joined Stef Foster, Athletics Northern Ireland and Titanic Quarter’s Mark McCallion to launch the 2017 event. 17 year old NI & Ulster Age Group Champion, Craig is enjoying an extremely successful year with a 1st place victory in Armagh International Road Races in February, as well as maintaining winning titles in both the 2016 NI & Ulster Age Group Cross Country Championships. Just last week Craig had the opportunity to compete at the European Cross Country event in Italy, and is already setting comfortable standards for the 2017 year.
Now in its 11th successful year, the extremely popular TQ10K is taking place on Sunday 9th April 2017, and is set once again to attract running enthusiasts from far and wide to one of the biggest 10K running events in Northern Ireland. If last year is anything to go by, the footfall of runners is only set to increase by comparison. David Seaton, Chairman of Athletics Northern Ireland commented “We at Athletics NI are pleased our sporting association with Titanic Quarter is now in its 11th race. Over those years this event has developed it terms of competitor numbers to the extent that it is now one of the best supported road races in Northern Ireland. The fast, flat, accurately measured course appeals to Club athletes, joggers and fun runners alike, and is viewed by many as an essential part of their preparation for the Belfast City Marathon, traditionally held in May”.
As the official warm-up race for the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon, the Titanic Quarter event has established itself as the largest standalone 10K race in Northern Ireland’s athletics calendar. “We are delighted to announce our warm up partner, Titanic 10K for the 2017 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon. This is a fantastic race for all participants in our event to test themselves under racing conditions. Whether you are participating in the main marathon run aiming for a PB or running a leg of the Team Relay searching for your first medal, this route will offer it all as it is fun, flat and fast.” Stated Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon Event Manager, Stef Foster. With only 3 weeks before the Belfast City Marathon race, the TQ10K fits perfectly in with any Marathon runners training schedule and to simply attract all runners of all abilities, from serious competitors to those wanting to keep fit and/or raise money for charity.
It is evident that, the numbers are rapidly increasing, as 2017 celebrates the TQ10K’s 11th race. Co-Sponsors, Titanic Quarter Limited, Commercial Director James Eyre states "Titanic Quarter is delighted to announce its continued support for the TQ10K by hosting the race, now into its eleventh year, in 2017. We have a great relationship with Athletics Northern Ireland and are looking forward to another successful event. The race draws runners and their families from all over Northern Ireland and beyond. It’s a great day out, not just for the sporting challenge but also to raise money for charity. Visitors to Titanic Quarter topped one million last year with the TQ10K being one of the highlights.” David Seaton reiterates this point as “once again we look forward to welcoming competitors from all over the Province on Sunday 9th April when they take on their individual challenges in the shadow of the famous Harland and Wolff cranes, Samson and Goliath, which act as a backdrop for this popular and eagerly awaited event.”
Chicago based Thomas Frazer of St Malachys fought a close dual for the entire race with Clonliffe's Gary Murray which was only resolved in the final 200 metres when Thomas forged ahead to win by 5 seconds in a useful time of 30 mins 48 secs.
There was an equally close battle in the Women's race where Newcastle's Kerry O'Flaherty was determined to deny Letterkenny's Ann-Marie McGlynn a hat trick of victories. As anticipated the two were neck and neck until the final 500 metres when Kerry made her break. The Rio bound steeplechaser crossed the line in a superb time of 34 minutes 17 seconds.
As ever, all runners will receive a text message to their mobile phones once the race is over with details of their individual position, official times and category position. A LED screen will display every runner’s name, race position and time once they cross the finish line.
There is a total prize fund of £3,000, with each entrant receiving a special commemorative medal and a goody bag, alongside spot prizes on the day. Entry fees are £13.00 for athletics club members, £15.00 to unattached individual runners and £5.00 for the 1 Mile Fun Run or £15.00 for a family of 4 (2 adults & 2 kids) for the 1 Mile Fun Run.
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 24th March. Runners entering before 16th March will be guaranteed to get their name printed on their racing bib.