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Previous Champions Duffy & O'Flaherty for this Weekends TQ10K

05 April 2016

The TQ10K has a fantastic line up of athletes ready to race at Titanic Quarter!

Defending Champions Conor Duffy of Glaslough Harriers and Newcastle’s Kerry O’Flaherty are set to maintain their titles at the TQ10K this Sunday in Titanic Quarter (2.30pm). This year runners couldn’t get in quick enough to enter the prestigious 10K event, with the race numbers sitting at over 1400 prior to the race. Pack collection will be available from Thursday 7th (12.30-8.30), Friday 8th (11-6) & Saturday 9th (11-4) April at the Mary Peters Track, also on the day pack collection will be available at Titanic Quarter from 12 noon. Please note that entries on the day will have a surcharge added to them, and further race information can be found on www.athleticsni.org/Events.

2015 TQ10K victor Conor Duffy (Glaslough Harriers) will battle against a strong athletics field in this Sunday’s race. The start of last month saw Conor maintain a podium position at the Bundoran 10 mile race, with a massive PB of 52.32. The 23 year old Monaghan man, recently had a great run in the Cardiff Half Marathon to secure 25th position in the large field. However, the 2015 winner could be pressed at Titanic Quarter as he will face last year’s 2nd place Scott Rankin of Foyle Valley and 3rd place Omagh Harrier Paul Barbour who are major contenders for the 2016 year, both with high aspirations of achieving the race title.

In the usual quality field, Andrew Agnew (Annadale), Francis Marsh (North Down), and Chris Madden (City of Lisburn) are also major contenders for podium positions at this year’s race.

Irish international Ann-Marie McGlynn is hot favourite to retain her Women's title this Sunday in the prestigious Titanic 10K Road Race sponsored by Titanic Quarter Ltd. The main race which starts at 2.15 pm outside the Premier Inn has an entry of some 1,400 with more expected on the day. 35 year old Strabane based Ann-Marie defied her age with a superbly controlled display of running to successfully defend her title.  As a bonus she set a new personal best time of 34 minutes 40 seconds. This was a huge 38 seconds faster than her winning time a year ago and secured her an impressive 12th overall position.

Newcastle's Kerry O'Flaherty will be taking to the start line this Sunday. Four times Seeley Cup 10K winner has shown fine form of late and will be all most certainly be competing in the 2016 Olympic Games in RIO. She will face formidable opposition in the form of Commonwealth Marathon runner, Gladys Ganiel, and her North Belfast Harriers team mate, Louise Smith. Other major contenders will be Rebecca Henderson of Dromore AC, City of Lisburn’s Ann Terek, Suzanne Higgins of Lagan Valley, and fellow Newcastle team mate Shalene McMurray.

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.

Each entrant will receive a special commemorative medal and a goody bag, alongside spot prizes on the day. Entry fees at pack collection are £20.00 for the 10K and £10.00 for the Junior Mile. Family option is available (2 adults & 2 Children) for £30.00. On the day registration for the 10K will be £25.00.