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Athletes urged to sign up for record-breaking Bangor 10k

 

By Robert Jones

The Bangor 10k, in association with George Best Belfast City Airport, is set for a record-breaking year - and there is still time for runners to enter.

Taking place on Saturday, September 30, more participants than ever have registered and main sponsor, Belfast City Airport, has joined with race organisers in a final call for runners to sign up and take part. Online registration remains open until September 24 with paper entries, subject to capacity, being taken on the morning of the event.

Over 800 athletes, from elite competitors to fun runners, are expected to contest one of the most scenic and interesting 10k routes in Northern Ireland.

The airport has partnered with North Down Athletic Club and Ards and North Down Borough Council to support the race for the next three years as part of its wider community support strategy.

Valerie McDonough, Chair of North Down AC, said: "Three weeks before race day, it is wonderful to already have a record number of entrants registered for an event with a rich history spanning over 30 years.

"The Bangor 10k is one of the most highly anticipated events in the local running calendar, with the scenic route along the coastal promenade providing a spectacular backdrop for runners."

Last year's Bangor 10k saw Olympian Paul Pollock win the Men's race in a time of 30:40, while this year's Belfast City Marathon winner, Laura Graham, won the Ladies' race, crossing the finishing line in 37:01.

Rory Goldring, Airport Fire Service Crew Commander at Belfast City Airport, added: "It is an honour to be able to support an event that has such a strong history in our local community and which attracts such a strong field of runners. I would encourage runners to go online and register now."

The prize fund is in excess of £3,000, including specialist running kit sponsored by Pure Running. Visit the club website at northdownac.co.uk to enter.

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