Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 April 2014

Hundreds on their marks for launch of Titanic run

Stephen Scullion  crosses the finishing line
Stephen Scullion crosses the finishing line

Almost 1,500 runners of all ages put their best foot forward for the Titanic Quarter 10K road race in Belfast.

Now in its seventh year, the event has established itself as one of Northern Ireland's top road races.

Runners of all skill levels took to the streets around Belfast, with young and old out in force – many raising money for charity dressed in all manner of costumes.

One of those donning eye-catching garb was Gary Tweedie, who dressed up as Batman for the event.

Among the serious runners was Irish international Stephen Scullion who enjoyed romping home in first place.

The recently crowned Irish 10K champion, from south Belfast, led the way from an early stage and crossed the line in 30 minutes 42 seconds.

In the women's race there was a reversal of last year's result when Tullamore's Pauline Curley took the honours in 36 mins 29 secs just ahead of Dromore's Julie Turley (36.36).

North Down's Julie Balmer took third in 38.31.

There was a poignant start to the race with organisers holding a moment's silence in honour of the victims of last week's Boston marathon bomb.

This was similar to the gesture held in London at the start of yesterday's marathon.

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