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Kipsang favourite to taste Bangor glory after Belfast

 

By Brian Hill

Double Belfast Half Marathon champion Gideon Kipsang is firm favourite to win this weekend's Bangor 10k race. The 29-year-old from Kenya was in top form two weeks ago when he once again took the Half Marathon title, this time by some 90 seconds from local runner Stephen Scullion.

Kipsang's time of 64 minutes 38 seconds was the second fastest ever and has laid out his intentions for this weekend.

The 2015 Belfast Marathon runner-up is better known over longer distances, but his class clearly points to a very fast 10k time over the difficult Bangor course.

Kipsang could well finish under the half-hour mark, particularly as he has a personal best of 30 minutes and seven seconds.

There is some doubt as to whether Scullion will take to the start line in Bangor as he is in heavy training for the Dublin Marathon.

Should he race, he could well contain Kipsang in the early stages, as was the case in Belfast.

Slieve Gullion's Paddy Hamilton makes a welcome return to Bangor following his last outing in 2010, when he would have won had he not gone off course.

Veteran Hamilton is coming back after a lengthy injury period with his only outing this year being a win in the Dundalk 10k in April.

Others in contention include Laganside 10k winner Mark McKinstry of North Belfast, who was third last year, team-mate John Black, who won at Larne, and Laganside runner-up Chris Madden of Lisburn AC.

The Women's race should feature North Down pair Jessica Craig and Rachel Gibson, Kelly Neilly of Lisburn plus Jane Guiney.

The race has over 1,000 entries, representing the largest entry since 1986. The Belfast City Airport-assisted event starts at 11am from Castle Park.

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