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Which Northern Ireland town has UK's fastest runners?

Omagh has the fastest runners in the UK, according to information collected by a fitness app.

The annual report from Strava, a website and mobile app that allows for running and cycling tracking, gives an overview of exercise in the UK and internationally.

Runners in Omagh clocked the UK's fastest average time at 5.03min/km.

It was followed by the UK's capital London, at 5.05min/km with Banbridge in Co Down making the top three with runners clocking an average time of 5.11min/km.

County Down was found to be the location with the longest average run time, coming in at 1hr 17min, followed by the Welsh region of Powys (1hr 11mins) and Stirling in Scotland (1hr 5mins).

Northern Irish locations also placed strongly for cycling.

The Welsh county of Ceredigion was found to have the UK's fastest cyclists (33.5 km/hr avg), but were followed closely behind by Ballymena (33.2km/h avg) and Coleraine (27.6km/hr avg).

When it came to longest average ride distance, a hat-trick of Northern Irish locations topped the list with Ballymena (51km), Magherafelt (50km) and Armagh (49km) all placing.

 

The figures from Strava found 203 million bike rides taken worldwide in the past year, with 31 million being taken in the UK, while 136 million runs were taken worldwide in the past year.

Annual running totals saw 136 million runs taken worldwide in the past year, with 24.7 million runs being taken in the UK.

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