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Thousands brave the elements for Lisburn Half Marathon as bombing victims remembered

Thousands took part in the Lisburn Half Marathon. Credit: Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Thousands took part in the Lisburn Half Marathon. Credit: Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
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Over 6,000 runners lined up at the start line on Wednesday 19th June to take part in the popular 37th Lisburn Coca-Cola HBC Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run. The event which was organised by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council was hailed a terrific success as both competitive runners, beginners and families all took up the challenge at one of Northern Ireland’s largest running events. Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Alan Givan, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley and Community Affairs Manager of Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland, Zoe Cunningham were on hand to announce the start of each race. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
19/06/19..REPRO FREE..Zoe Cunningham from Coca Cola pictured with Alderman James Tinsley Chairman of the councils leisure and community development committee and The Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Cllr Alan Givan...Over 6,000 runners lined up at the start line on Wednesday 19th June to take part in the popular 37th Lisburn Coca-Cola HBC Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run. The event which was organised by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council was hailed a terrific success as both competitive runners, beginners and families all took up the challenge at one of Northern Ireland’s largest running events. Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Alan Givan, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley and Community Affairs Manager of Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland, Zoe Cunningham were on hand to announce the start of each race. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Alderman James Tinsley and Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh Alan Givan congratulate men's half marathon winners, 1st Eoin Hughes, 2nd Chris Madden, 3rd Stephen Wylie. Also included is Zoe Cunningham from Coca Cola. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Alderman James Tinsley Chairman of the councils leisure and community development committee and the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh Cllr Alan Givan congratulates womens half marathon winners, 1st Gladys Ganiel, 2nd Louise Smith 3rd Leann Gibson also included is Zoe Cunningham from Coca Cola
Alderman James Tinsley Chairman of the councils leisure and community development committee and the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh Cllr Alan Givan congratulates Desmond Brownlie on completing his 37th 10k race in Lisburn
Thousands took part in the Lisburn Half Marathon. Credit: Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
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Over 6,000 runners lined up at the start line on Wednesday 19th June to take part in the popular 37th Lisburn Coca-Cola HBC Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run. The event which was organised by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council was hailed a terrific success as both competitive runners, beginners and families all took up the challenge at one of Northern Ireland’s largest running events. Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Alan Givan, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley and Community Affairs Manager of Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland, Zoe Cunningham were on hand to announce the start of each race. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
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Over 6,000 runners lined up at the start line on Wednesday 19th June to take part in the popular 37th Lisburn Coca-Cola HBC Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run. The event which was organised by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council was hailed a terrific success as both competitive runners, beginners and families all took up the challenge at one of Northern Ireland’s largest running events. Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Alan Givan, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley and Community Affairs Manager of Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland, Zoe Cunningham were on hand to announce the start of each race. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
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Over 6,000 runners lined up at the start line on Wednesday 19th June to take part in the popular 37th Lisburn Coca-Cola HBC Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run. The event which was organised by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council was hailed a terrific success as both competitive runners, beginners and families all took up the challenge at one of Northern Ireland’s largest running events. Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Alan Givan, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley and Community Affairs Manager of Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland, Zoe Cunningham were on hand to announce the start of each race. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Lisburn Half Marathon 2019
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Over 6,000 runners lined up at the start line on Wednesday 19th June to take part in the popular 37th Lisburn Coca-Cola HBC Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run. The event which was organised by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council was hailed a terrific success as both competitive runners, beginners and families all took up the challenge at one of Northern Ireland’s largest running events. Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Alan Givan, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley and Community Affairs Manager of Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland, Zoe Cunningham were on hand to announce the start of each race. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
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Over 6,000 runners lined up at the start line on Wednesday 19th June to take part in the popular 37th Lisburn Coca-Cola HBC Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run. The event which was organised by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council was hailed a terrific success as both competitive runners, beginners and families all took up the challenge at one of Northern Ireland’s largest running events. Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Alan Givan, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley and Community Affairs Manager of Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland, Zoe Cunningham were on hand to announce the start of each race. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
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Over 6,000 runners lined up at the start line on Wednesday 19th June to take part in the popular 37th Lisburn Coca-Cola HBC Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run. The event which was organised by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council was hailed a terrific success as both competitive runners, beginners and families all took up the challenge at one of Northern Ireland’s largest running events. Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Alan Givan, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley and Community Affairs Manager of Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland, Zoe Cunningham were on hand to announce the start of each race. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
19/06/19..REPRO FREE..Zoe Cunningham from Coca Cola pictured with Alderman James Tinsley Chairman of the councils leisure and community development committee and The Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Cllr Alan Givan...Over 6,000 runners lined up at the start line on Wednesday 19th June to take part in the popular 37th Lisburn Coca-Cola HBC Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run. The event which was organised by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council was hailed a terrific success as both competitive runners, beginners and families all took up the challenge at one of Northern Ireland’s largest running events. Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Alan Givan, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley and Community Affairs Manager of Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland, Zoe Cunningham were on hand to announce the start of each race. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
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Over 6,000 runners lined up at the start line on Wednesday 19th June to take part in the popular 37th Lisburn Coca-Cola HBC Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run. The event which was organised by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council was hailed a terrific success as both competitive runners, beginners and families all took up the challenge at one of Northern Ireland’s largest running events. Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Alan Givan, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley and Community Affairs Manager of Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland, Zoe Cunningham were on hand to announce the start of each race. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
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Over 6,000 runners lined up at the start line on Wednesday 19th June to take part in the popular 37th Lisburn Coca-Cola HBC Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run. The event which was organised by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council was hailed a terrific success as both competitive runners, beginners and families all took up the challenge at one of Northern Ireland’s largest running events. Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Alan Givan, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley and Community Affairs Manager of Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland, Zoe Cunningham were on hand to announce the start of each race. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Lisburn Half Marathon 2019
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Over 6,000 runners lined up at the start line on Wednesday 19th June to take part in the popular 37th Lisburn Coca-Cola HBC Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run. The event which was organised by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council was hailed a terrific success as both competitive runners, beginners and families all took up the challenge at one of Northern Ireland’s largest running events. Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Alan Givan, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley and Community Affairs Manager of Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland, Zoe Cunningham were on hand to announce the start of each race. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
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Over 6,000 runners lined up at the start line on Wednesday 19th June to take part in the popular 37th Lisburn Coca-Cola HBC Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run. The event which was organised by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council was hailed a terrific success as both competitive runners, beginners and families all took up the challenge at one of Northern Ireland’s largest running events. Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Alan Givan, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley and Community Affairs Manager of Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland, Zoe Cunningham were on hand to announce the start of each race. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
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Over 6,000 runners lined up at the start line on Wednesday 19th June to take part in the popular 37th Lisburn Coca-Cola HBC Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run. The event which was organised by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council was hailed a terrific success as both competitive runners, beginners and families all took up the challenge at one of Northern Ireland’s largest running events. Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Alan Givan, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley and Community Affairs Manager of Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland, Zoe Cunningham were on hand to announce the start of each race. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
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Over 6,000 runners lined up at the start line on Wednesday 19th June to take part in the popular 37th Lisburn Coca-Cola HBC Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run. The event which was organised by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council was hailed a terrific success as both competitive runners, beginners and families all took up the challenge at one of Northern Ireland’s largest running events. Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Alan Givan, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley and Community Affairs Manager of Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland, Zoe Cunningham were on hand to announce the start of each race. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
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Over 6,000 runners lined up at the start line on Wednesday 19th June to take part in the popular 37th Lisburn Coca-Cola HBC Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run. The event which was organised by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council was hailed a terrific success as both competitive runners, beginners and families all took up the challenge at one of Northern Ireland’s largest running events. Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Alan Givan, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley and Community Affairs Manager of Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland, Zoe Cunningham were on hand to announce the start of each race. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
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Over 6,000 runners lined up at the start line on Wednesday 19th June to take part in the popular 37th Lisburn Coca-Cola HBC Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run. The event which was organised by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council was hailed a terrific success as both competitive runners, beginners and families all took up the challenge at one of Northern Ireland’s largest running events. Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Alan Givan, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley and Community Affairs Manager of Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland, Zoe Cunningham were on hand to announce the start of each race. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
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Over 6,000 runners lined up at the start line on Wednesday 19th June to take part in the popular 37th Lisburn Coca-Cola HBC Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run. The event which was organised by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council was hailed a terrific success as both competitive runners, beginners and families all took up the challenge at one of Northern Ireland’s largest running events. Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Alan Givan, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley and Community Affairs Manager of Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland, Zoe Cunningham were on hand to announce the start of each race. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia

19/06/19..REPRO FREE.. Peter Hawthorn in fancy dress to raise money for Marie Curie during
Over 6,000 runners lined up at the start line on Wednesday 19th June to take part in the popular 37th Lisburn Coca-Cola HBC Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run. The event which was organised by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council was hailed a terrific success as both competitive runners, beginners and families all took up the challenge at one of Northern Ireland’s largest running events. Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Alan Givan, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley and Community Affairs Manager of Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland, Zoe Cunningham were on hand to announce the start of each race. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
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Over 6,000 runners lined up at the start line on Wednesday 19th June to take part in the popular 37th Lisburn Coca-Cola HBC Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run. The event which was organised by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council was hailed a terrific success as both competitive runners, beginners and families all took up the challenge at one of Northern Ireland’s largest running events. Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Alan Givan, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley and Community Affairs Manager of Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland, Zoe Cunningham were on hand to announce the start of each race. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
19/06/19..REPRO FREE..David and Josh McClean 
Over 6,000 runners lined up at the start line on Wednesday 19th June to take part in the popular 37th Lisburn Coca-Cola HBC Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run. The event which was organised by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council was hailed a terrific success as both competitive runners, beginners and families all took up the challenge at one of Northern Ireland’s largest running events. Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Alan Givan, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley and Community Affairs Manager of Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland, Zoe Cunningham were on hand to announce the start of each race. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
19/06/19..REPRO FREE..David and Josh McClean 
Over 6,000 runners lined up at the start line on Wednesday 19th June to take part in the popular 37th Lisburn Coca-Cola HBC Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run. The event which was organised by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council was hailed a terrific success as both competitive runners, beginners and families all took up the challenge at one of Northern Ireland’s largest running events. Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Alan Givan, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley and Community Affairs Manager of Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland, Zoe Cunningham were on hand to announce the start of each race. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
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Over 6,000 runners lined up at the start line on Wednesday 19th June to take part in the popular 37th Lisburn Coca-Cola HBC Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run. The event which was organised by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council was hailed a terrific success as both competitive runners, beginners and families all took up the challenge at one of Northern Ireland’s largest running events. Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Alan Givan, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley and Community Affairs Manager of Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland, Zoe Cunningham were on hand to announce the start of each race. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia

19/06/19..REPRO FREE.. Peter Hawthorn in fancy dress to raise money for Marie Curie during
Over 6,000 runners lined up at the start line on Wednesday 19th June to take part in the popular 37th Lisburn Coca-Cola HBC Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run. The event which was organised by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council was hailed a terrific success as both competitive runners, beginners and families all took up the challenge at one of Northern Ireland’s largest running events. Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Alan Givan, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley and Community Affairs Manager of Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland, Zoe Cunningham were on hand to announce the start of each race. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
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Over 6,000 runners lined up at the start line on Wednesday 19th June to take part in the popular 37th Lisburn Coca-Cola HBC Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run. The event which was organised by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council was hailed a terrific success as both competitive runners, beginners and families all took up the challenge at one of Northern Ireland’s largest running events. Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Alan Givan, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley and Community Affairs Manager of Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland, Zoe Cunningham were on hand to announce the start of each race. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
19/06/19..REPRO FREE..Heidi and Elaine Kennedy,
Over 6,000 runners lined up at the start line on Wednesday 19th June to take part in the popular 37th Lisburn Coca-Cola HBC Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run. The event which was organised by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council was hailed a terrific success as both competitive runners, beginners and families all took up the challenge at one of Northern Ireland’s largest running events. Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Alan Givan, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley and Community Affairs Manager of Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland, Zoe Cunningham were on hand to announce the start of each race. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia

Despite stormy weather over 6000 runners braved the elements to take part in the 2019 Lisburn Half Marathon.

Before the race there was a short remembrance ceremony and wreath laying for the victims of the 1988 Lisburn van bombing.

On June 15 1988 a military van carrying six soldiers was blown up by the IRA following the end of the marathon.

All six soldiers died as a result of the attack, four instantly, and two dieing later of their injuries.

Some of Northern Ireland’s most talented runners took part in the racing with the impressive Gladys Ganiel taking top honours in the women’s Half Marathon, while Louise Smith took a well-deserved second spot and Leann Gibson third.

In the men’s Half Marathon, Eoin Hughes made it on to the podium in first place, with Chris Madden taking second place and Stephen Wylie finishing a strong third.

In the Half Marathon Wheelchair race, Karol Doherty finished in first place, with Jim Corbett placing second.

The experienced Kerry Bamber crossed the finish line in first place in the women’s 10K, followed by Gemma McDonald in second and Roisin Hughes in third place. In the men's 10K, James Edgar finished in first place, closely followed by Gareth Lyons in second place and Tommy Hughes in third.

In the 10K wheelchair race, Josh McClean accompanied by his father David won a well deserved first place.

The Fun Run was keenly contended with Anna Hedley picking up first place in the female event, followed by Anna Broderick in second and Rebecca Moore in third place.

Alderman James Tinsley and Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh Alan Givan congratulate men's half marathon winners, 1st Eoin Hughes, 2nd Chris Madden, 3rd Stephen Wylie. Also included is Zoe Cunningham from Coca Cola. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Alderman James Tinsley and Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh Alan Givan congratulate men's half marathon winners, 1st Eoin Hughes, 2nd Chris Madden, 3rd Stephen Wylie. Also included is Zoe Cunningham from Coca Cola. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia

The male Fun Run event was proudly won by Jack McCauseland who excelled to first place after securing second in the previous two years. Second and third place was won by brothers Finlay Mayne (2nd) and Rudy Mayne (3rd).

Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Alan Givan said the race continued to be a firm favourite year after year.

“I am particularly delighted to officiate the start of the Half Marathon tonight and see so many runners from across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland taking part in this great event, which highlights the calibre of the event on the running calendar," Councillor Givan said.

"It was also fantastic to see so many people taking on the challenge of their first Half Marathon and fulfilling their own personal goals."

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