Belfast Telegraph

Sprint finish ahead for Titanic 10k

By Frank Brownlow

The 2011 Titanic Quarter 10K — the official warm-up race for the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon — will include an exciting new ‘Titanic Sprint’.

The charity ‘Titanic Sprint’ will invite race competitors and spectators to test how long it would have taken them to run the length of the Titanic’s boat deck, 60.96 metres long and the uppermost deck on the famous ship.

All proceeds from the sprint will go to Cash For Kids.

This year’s run — on Sunday, April 10 — will have a new finish point, the public realm space at Abercorn Residential Complex, where a family fun day will be staged with a range of activities.

Sponsored by Titanic Quarter Ltd and Belfast Harbour and organised by Athletics Northern Ireland, the Titanic Quarter 10K is now in its fifth year and has established itself as Northern Ireland’s premier 10K road race.

The overall prize fund for the race, sponsored by Podium 4 Sport, has increased to almost £3,000, with an attractive £500 for the winners. All runners will once again receive a text message to their mobile phones once the race is over with details of their individual position, official time and category position. A screen will display every runner’s name, race position and time once they cross the finish line.

Burundi’s Jean Ndayisenga took the top prize in the men’s event last year, with Ethiopian Genet Measso the lead female.

Top road racers Stephen Scullion and Kerry Harty are already confirmed for this year.

Online entry is available at www.niathletics.org. The closing date for website entries is Monday, March 28.

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