Belfast Telegraph

Day breaks on another Ards half marathon and walk

by Fiona Rutherford

Daybreak presenters, Paul Reilly and Jane Veitch, are leading the way in this year’s Ards Half Marathon and Walk – and leading the fight against dementia.

Both familiar faces on television screens across Northern Ireland every weekday morning, Paul and Jane will be among the 1,000 runners and walkers pounding the pavements around Ards on Friday 24 June, helping to raise funds for the 2011 official race charity, Alzheimer’s Society.

Four years on from the inaugural race organised by Ards Borough Council, the Half Marathon continues to attract runners from all over Northern Ireland and beyond, while the addition of a walk last year widened the event’s appeal yet further.

In 2011 the course has also been amended slightly to take in more countryside and cut out busy Comber town.

“We already have close to 100 people registered to race or walk and I have no doubt this year will see the largest number of competitors yet,” said Mayor of Ards, Councillor David Smyth.

“That shows that the event’s reputation and appeal is growing, which is good news for the Council as the organiser and good news for this year’s charity, Alzheimer’s Society.

“I would encourage anyone participating to consider raising funds for the society to continue its work, which covers so many vital areas, from supporting those with dementia to research of the condition”.

Caroline Greer, Alzheimer’s Society, added: “We are simply delighted to be chosen as beneficiary charity by Ards Borough Council.

“It represents an invaluable opportunity to raise awareness of dementia in a community we have been providing services to for many years.

The Half Marathon and Walk takes place on Friday 24 June, starting at 6.30pm at Ards Leisure Centre, Newtownards. For further details and to enter on-line go to or contact Emma Hingston, Sports Development Officer with Ards Borough Council, Tel: 028 9182 4018.

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