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Top field sure to make Armagh Road Race records tumble

By Frank Brownlow

The best field ever assembled, headed by Scottish champion Andrew Butchart, should make the 26th Armagh International Road Race at the Mall on February 18 a record-breaking showdown.

Butchart has a best 5k time of 13.29, Ireland international Mark Keneally has recorded 13.36.71 for 5000m while Andrew Colley of the USA has run 13.40.

Krystian Zalewski and Krysztof Zebrowski lead a very strong Polish challenge for both individual and team honours. 

Yannick Michiels of Belgium and Finland’s Janne Ukonmaanaho should also be in contention. 

In the women’s 3k, the main challenge should come from Scots Laura Whittle — with a best of 8.50 — and Beth Potter (8.58).

“These races and the huge crowds they attract in support add a wonderful atmosphere set against the lit-up Mall, one of the finest city centre sites in Europe,” said Race Director Brian Vallely, who also paid tribute to main sponsors Linwoods, Intersport and Brooks as well as the support provided by the local council, PSNI and other backers.  

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