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Belfast boost as Radcliffe signs up to compete in Laganside 10k

Athletics

By Robert Jones

Hundreds of local runners will have the chance to run alongside one of the sport's all-time greats during one of the races of the Novosco Grand Prix in Belfast next month.

World Record holder, World Championship Gold Medalist and former BBC Sports Personality of the Year, Paula Radcliffe, will compete in the Laganside 10k running race, the 13th event in the annual 15-race Novosco Grand Prix series, on Sunday, September 2.

Paula, married to former Larne athlete, Gary Lough, will participate in her role as brand ambassador for superfood supplement brand Revive Active.

The 10k race starts and finishes in Ormeau Park and takes in the park, Ravenhill Road, Albertbridge Road, the Lagan towpath, and Ormeau Embankment. It starts at 2pm and will feature 1,500 runners.

Welcoming Paula's involvement, Patrick McAliskey, managing mirector of Novosco said: "Participants in the Novosco 10k Grand Prix tend not to need a whole lot of motivation, but running alongside such an incredible athlete as Paula Radcliffe should give them an additional lift.

"We are absolutely thrilled that Paula plans to take part in the race and we very much look forward to seeing her in action."

Daithi O'Connor, MD of Revive Active Products, added: "We are delighted to have Paula as an ambassador for Revive Active and to be able to bring her to Belfast for the Novosco Grand Prix. She is truly a sporting legend and embodies the active spirit of our brand perfectly."

Matt Shields, Laganside 10k race director, said: "We are thrilled and delighted to welcome Paula to our event. With only five weeks to go, registrations are filling up fast, so don't miss your chance to run alongside one of the greatest names in our sport."

The Novosco Grand Prix is an annual not-for-profit series of 10km running races in Northern Ireland, featuring races such as the Bangor Classic 10k, Saintfield 10k and the Seeley Cup.

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