Athletics

Queen's invites runners to Race Round the River

Kevin Murray and Karl Oakes from Queen’s Sport, with students representing Queen’s Athletics Club, launch this year’s Deep River Rock Queen’s 5K
Malcolm McCausland

HUNDREDS are expected to turn out once again for the popular Deep RiverRock Queen's 5K Race Round the River event on Wednesday, March 29. The feature race kicks off at 7.30pm, with the 3K warm-up race starting at 6.50pm.

The race has again been granted provincial 5K championship status from Athletics NI and organisers look forward to another fast and competitive race along the unique route around the River Lagan.

Queen's Sport's Physical Education Centre will once again act as the race HQ for pre- and post-race requirements.

“We look forward to another successful event with runners from throughout Belfast and beyond taking part in this special Race Round the River,” said Kevin Murray, sport development officer at Queen's.

“The 3K warm-up race also offers a shorter route for junior athletes and participants of all abilities to get involved. We acknowledge the support from the university and our principle partner Deep RiverRock in making this event happen.

“We encourage those interested in taking part to enrol early to avoid disappointment as we sold out last year. Early enrolment will guarantee the specially-branded Queen's 5K T-shirt. We are also encouraging students of all abilities to get involved and challenge themselves over the 3K or 5K course routes.”

Last year, Donegal man Gary Murray was first home in an excellent 14 minutes and 51 seconds, while Newcastle's Shalane McMurray was the first woman in 17:32s. For more information on the races, entry fees and the course visit www.queenssport5k.com.

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