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St Patrick's Day 10k bigger than ever

By Tony Smith

New fitness fanatics are being encouraged to set themselves a 10k target by signing up for the annual SPAR Craic 10k, Belfast's only urban run, on St Patrick's Day.

Now in its third year, the popular 10k organised by the team at Aisling events is becoming a firm fixture in the city's St Patrick's Day celebrations with hundreds of runners of all abilities taking part in the race which departs from City Hall.

The route takes in all four corners of the city, going through the west and finishing up on the Titanic Slipways. The flat route is especially welcoming for beginners and race organisers have urged anyone who resolved to get fit in 2017 to challenge themselves by taking part.

More experienced competitors can concentrate on securing a new personal best time and, as the event is now accredited by the Novosco 10k Grand Prix series, it is expected to attract more runners than ever.

Commenting on the partnership, Bronagh Luke, Head of Corporate Marketing with the Henderson Group, owners of the SPAR franchise in Northern Ireland, said: "The community really embraced the positive and energetic spirit of the SPAR Craic 10k last year and we are confident 2017 will bring even more runners out onto the streets."

Sportswear giants O'Neills are once again supporting the event, providing goodie bags with a running t-shirt and a newly designed medal. The charity partner is Marie Curie.

Registration can be completed at www.aisling-events.com at a cost of £18.00 for unregistered athletes. It is also £150 per team of 10. Runners can also register at the Belfast Media Group kiosk in the Kennedy Centre and the North Belfast News Office in Cityside at a discounted rate of £15 up until February 24.

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