Last chance to enter road race and fun run

RUN FOR IT. Pictured on Wednesday at the JDLC promoting the forthcoming 5 Mile Road Race and Fun Run are organiser Alastair Bratten (back left), Pat Montgomery, (Active Communities Coach), 'Toonie the Bear' and Springwell Running Club members, Brendan, Scott, Caroline and Marlene.INBM29-12 002SC.
RUN FOR IT. Pictured on Wednesday at the JDLC promoting the forthcoming 5 Mile Road Race and Fun Run are organiser Alastair Bratten (back left), Pat Montgomery, (Active Communities Coach), 'Toonie the Bear' and Springwell Running Club members, Brendan, Scott, Caroline and Marlene.INBM29-12 002SC.

It’s the last chance for all runners and fun runners to enter the NFU MUTUAL 5 MILE ROAD RACE and FUN RUN at the Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre on Friday 27th July 2012.

Organisers Ballymoney Sports Development Unit in partnership with Springwell Running Club are again indebted to NFU Mutual who are sponsoring this tremendous event for the second time.

The 5 mile road race begins at 7pm with 12 individual categories incorporated into the main race this year.

“This year promises to be another great event with categories for everyone and prizes the whole way down the field, so there is no excuse not to turn up and give it a go,” commented Community Sports Officer, John Fall.

The full list of categories are as follows: open male and female, veterans section for males at over 40, over 50 and over 60, veterans sections for females for over 35, over 40 and over 50, junior race for male and female, wheelchair race for male and females.

The race has attracted great numbers in past years with 180 finishers in 2011 and this year should be no different with enquiries already received from all over the province.

Prior to the main event, the children’s 1km fun run will take place at 6.15pm again at the Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre. The race will take place in the grounds of the centre and is open to anyone aged 8-14.

Please note that entry costs £3-00 per child and NO entries will be accepted without a Parental/Guardian consent form being completed.

“This is the 8th year of the children’s event and we would encourage all children from the Borough to come along and take part. Every child will receive a medal for competing,” commented John Fall.

Ali Bratten, of Springwell Running Club also commented: “Preparation for the main races has gone really smoothly this year and I am delighted to continue our excellent partnership with Ballymoney Borough Council’s Sports Development Unit.

“Their input is invaluable to ensure the event is a success.

“Hopefully we will top the 200 mark in entries this year and who knows maybe see the course record fall in one of the events.

“A special prize is on offer for anyone beating any of the current course records….’

The evening’s activities kick off from 6pm and everyone is welcome to attend and support the runners.

The new Mayor, Councillor Evelyne Robinson will start the race at 7pm from the Garryduff Road.

The first finishers will be expected back inside 25 minutes to have a chance at the course record. Spectators will be entertained by local Knight Walkers Entertainment during this time.

Riada Road Race Entry fee:

£10-00 for registered club members on the evening

£11.00 for non registered runners on the evening.

£12/£13 Late Entry Fee

Fun Run - £3-00

If you would like more information on the event please contact John Fall, Community Sports Officer on 028 27660260 or email john.fall@ballymoney.gov.uk