Titanic Quarter hosts Marathon warm up race
13 February 2008
The Titanic Quarter 10K, the official warm up race for the 2008 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon, takes place on Sunday 6 April.
Formerly the Laganside 10K, the Titanic Quarter 10K (TQ10K) has become an annual fixture in Northern Ireland`s athletics calendar attracting elite and international competitors as well as local participants ranging from beginners to experienced runners.
Starting from Queens Road at 2pm, the TQ10K course takes in an historical waterfront route, including Airport Road and Sydenham Road. A new addition this year is a One mile run for junior athletes, which preceeds the main race.
Key sponsors of the race are Titanic Quarter and the Port of Belfast.
Mike Smith, Chief Executive Officer at Titanic Quarter, said:
"We are delighted to be sponsoring the TQ10K. Participants will have the opportunity to run in some of Belfast`s most historical surroundings, passing the newly restored Titanic House, the Drawing Office building and the Painthall.
"This year, runners will notice big changes in the skyline and get a glimpse of the future of Titanic Quarter with the construction of the Gateway office development and Arc residential development. We would encourage everyone not only from Belfast but from right across Northern Ireland to enter the TQ10K."
Roy Adair, Chief Executive of the Port of Belfast, co-promoters of Titanic Quarter, added:
"Titanic Quarter is the latest and most dynamic addition to Belfast`s waterfront, an immense 185-acre regeneration project. With the construction work on phase one of the development well underway, competitors from right across the world will have the opportunity to see Europe`s largest waterfront development being created. In the future they will see work beginning on Belfast Metropolitan College, the Public Records Office and the Titanic Signature Project."
David Seaton, Chairman of Athletics Northern Ireland, added:
"Following the undoubted success of last year`s event Athletics Northern Ireland is delighted to, once again, organise the forthcoming TQ10K Road Race. The 2007 event brought together the ideal race combination of fun runners, joggers, club athletes and top class internationals who competed over a fast, flat 10K course around an historic and recently revitalised part of Belfast.
“This year`s event will also provide added value for all involved as a on mile run for junior athletes will precede the feature race. It will give the `stars of tomorrow` the opportunity to compete over part of the main course thereby sampling the atmosphere that inspired so many of last year`s entrants to personal best times.
“The date of the TQ10K is also ideal for those with aspirations of competing in the Belfast Marathon, on 5 May, as it provides an excellent opportunity for them to gauge their current levels of fitness and preparation.”
The 2007 event attracted top African runners Soimon Tonui and Cathy Mutwa and was won by Jean Nyasenga from Burundi who finished the race in 29 minutes 47 seconds. Kenya`s Cathy Mutwa was the first female runner to finish the race in 12th place.
The entry cost is £8 per individual runner, or £7 for runners who are members of an athletics club.
Entry forms can by obtained from athletic clubs, leisure centres and Athletics Northern Ireland, or you can log onto www.niathletics.org to register online.
Closing date for entries is Friday 28 March. While participants are encouraged to enter early, entries will also be taken on the day at a charge of £10 for all. Registration and collection of race numbers will take place at Queens Road, adjacent to the start and finish area from 12 noon on the race day.
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