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19TH JUNE 2019

9,500 Mile Marathon

Michael Stranicks and his daughter, Michaela

Did you know that one of the entrants of this year’s Lisburn Half Marathon will be travelling over 9,500 miles to take part?

Michael Stranicks and his daughter, Michaela, are travelling from Australia next week to compete at the event. Michael was born in Lisburn before moving to Australia at a young age and ahead of his trip back to Northern Ireland, we got in touch to find out what inspired him to enter this year’s half marathon.

“I left Lisburn in 1959 at six years old with my parents when we emigrated to Australia on P&O Ferries (Official) ship, the Arcadia. My parents loved it as it was a real holiday for them!

“Given the size of Northern Ireland, one of the things I love most is how well athletes and other sport competitors do at sporting events around the world. I feel immensely proud when people in Australia inform me they have been there on holiday and tell me how wonderful the people are and how beautiful they found the coastline and countryside.

“I was planning a trip to Lisburn this year to showcase the area I was born and indeed Northern Ireland as a whole to my family for the first time. I enjoy running and have competed in marathons and half marathons in Hawaii and Melbourne in the past. When I found out there was a half marathon in Lisburn, I planned our family trip around those dates.

“During our trip we are planning to visit the houses and area where my parents and grandparents resided while living in Lisburn. Of course, we’ll also be visiting some of Northern Ireland’s top tourist attractions such as The Giant's Causeway, Titanic Belfast and the breath-taking coastline. The Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum will also be on our itinerary as my mother worked in the mill when she was a young woman.

While my daughter is participating in the Fun Run, I have been training for the half marathon for a few months now and although I’ve just gotten over a knee injury, I am so looking forward to being able to run in the town that I was born in and show Northern Ireland to my family.”