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Entries for the 35th Lisburn Coca-Cola HBC Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run are NOW OPEN

Entries for the 35th Lisburn Coca-Cola HBC Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run are NOW OPEN

February 27, 2017

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is delighted to launch the 35th Lisburn Coca-Cola HBC Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run.

Entries are now officially open for the Northern Ireland and Ulster Half Marathon Championship, in what will be one of Northern Ireland’s largest sporting participatory events. The Council is encouraging prospective runners to register online early by visiting www.lisburnhalfmarathon.com. 

Supported by title sponsors, Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland, it is anticipated that the event will see approximately 6,500 runners take to the start line at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex on Wednesday 21st June.

This will be the third year of the revised route, known as, ‘Flat & Fast’, making the Half Marathon and 10K Road Race ideal for competitive runners aiming for Personal Bests, and beginners alike. The Fun Run is the perfect race for anyone wishing to run with family and friends and experience a little fun while getting active!

The Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run are inclusive events and are also open to wheelchair and hand cycle participants.

Speaking at the launch of the event, the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Brian Bloomfield MBE said: “It gives me great pleasure as Mayor to be part of the 35th Lisburn Coca-Cola HBC Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run. I am extremely proud that we have such a high profile event taking place in the City of Lisburn.

“Running has become more popular over the last number of years, especially as it is free and convenient, and with the introduction of the Couch to 5K running programme and success of the junior park run in Wallace Park and Moira Demesne, I am confident that the event will grow in numbers.

“The Council endeavours to continue to encourage and promote physical activity through a range of events and initiatives, and I sincerely hope that this event will inspire people to get active and start to lead a healthier lifestyle.

“May I take this opportunity to wish prospective participants the very best in preparation for the event and I look forward to seeing you all there,” concluded the Mayor.

Chairman of the Leisure and Community Development Committee, Councillor Tim Morrow also said: “I am absolutely delighted to be involved in the launch of the 35th Lisburn Coca-Cola HBC Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run, which encourages both adults and children to get active, in a competitive but fun setting.

“My wife and I, along with other family members have previously participated in the Half Marathon and 10K Road Race, which always attracts huge numbers. The atmosphere is fantastic and I envisage this year will be bigger and better.

“I extend my gratitude to our longstanding event sponsors, Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland and Trust Ford for their continued support over the years.

“I would encourage everyone to take up the challenge and don their running shoes and register as early as possible. It really is an event not to be missed,” concluded Councillor Morrow.

Sarah Smith, Public Affairs and Communications Coordinator for Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland said: “Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland has partnered with Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council for many years and has been title sponsor of this event since 2007. 

“As a local company with long standing heritage in the community, Coca-Cola HBC are proud once again to be part of this event which is focussed just as much on community spirit as it is on being active. This event is open to everyone, irrespective of ability or age, to get out and get active while raising much needed funds for many charitable organisations.”

Printed application forms will be available from Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council leisure and community facilities, local sports shops and other outlets across the City.

To register on the Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Fun Run or for further information, please visit www.lisburnhalfmarathon.com or call 028 9250 9556. Details can also be found on the Council’s Sports Development Facebook page, ‘Be Active, Stay Active Lisburn Castlereagh.