Newry City Marathon – the countdown is on!
The fifth annual Newry Marathon is fast approaching, with just under two months left for runners to prepare themselves for the 26.2 mile event. The challenging course offers participants the chance to enjoy running through the historic streets of Newry while also taking in the beautiful scenery along the Canal towpath.
The marathon is just one of three events being held on the 3rd June though. If you haven’t started a training regime yet, there is still plenty of time left to get yourself fit for the 13.1 mile half marathon. There is also the one mile fun run which is a great opportunity for families, work mates and friends to be part of the marathon experience.
In 2009 and 2010, local athlete Don Travers proved unbeatable over the marathon. Last year though, Portuguese man Davide Figueiredo romped home in a blistering time of 2 hours, 31 minutes which broke the course record. Sharon Daw was the first woman home in a nippy 3 hours, 25 minutes.
In the half marathon Gary O’Hanlon was first man past the finish line in a super quick time of 1 hour, 12 minutes while local woman Julie Turley continued her dominance of the local running scene with an impressive 1 hour, 18 minutes.
To enter this year’s marathon and half marathon, go to the Newry City Marathon website and either download the form or apply online. Entry to the marathon is £30 / €34, and the half marathon is £25 / €28. It is recommended that you enter as soon as possible for these events as entries will close when the maximum field size is reached. For any enquiries you should contact the Newry & Mourne Enterprise Agency on (0044) 028 30267011.
Entry to the fun run is £3.00 per person or £10 per family of four. Entry forms can be picked up at the Newry Credit Union and returned here. Furthermore, all proceeds of this event will go to this year’s designated charities.
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