The fifth annual SPAR
Omagh Half Marathon and 5k Fun Run/Walk takes place on
Saturday 31st March. The event organised by local
running club Omagh Harriers, is celebrating its 23rd
anniversary, plus SPAR's renewed sponsorship of the event for a
further three years.
Race Director, Michael Ward
comments on Omagh Harriers continuing collaboration with SPAR: "We
are delighted to have SPAR onboard again as title sponsors. Each
year the event gets bigger and better, in part to the support of
SPAR and ongoing support of the local community. The event is
now well-established and is one of the majors in the running
calendar, with over 2,000 runners and walkers taking part last
year. The Half marathon attracts many of the leading Irish athletes
and having been awarded the Athletics N.Ireland Half Marathon
Championships, 2012 should attract another quality field. Last
year, the race winner was local Omagh Harrier Stevie Duncan, who
clocked an impressive 1Hr 6 minutes.
Bronagh Henderson, SPAR Brand
Manager said: "SPAR is delighted to once again, be the proud title
sponsor's of the Omagh Half Marathon. It is a fantastic event that
brings fun and excitement to the community of Omagh every year. You
don't have to be a seasoned runner, as the 5k run and walk offers a
great alternative; making it a perfect event for all ages, sizes
and fitness levels.
"SPAR is strong supporters of a
healthier lifestyle, so runners will be able to pick up some great
fresh and healthy local produce from their nearest store. Teaming
this with a realistic and achievable training plan, we will be
looking forward to celebrating with all the finishing runners at
the finish line."
Michael adds: "Our aim is to build
on our success. We have introduced prizes for fancy dress and added
pace setters to help participants run their target time; hopefully
this will attract even more runners or walkers this year. So I urge
people to enter early and start running.
"All pre-entered by the
23rd March will be automatically entered into a draw to
win a 32" Television. With a prize-fund of over £4000,
T-shirts for ½ Marathon participants' and medals for all finishers;
Omagh is the place to be on the 31st March. Race
finishers can also indulge in a fabulous free post race massage,
excellent hospitality and catch up with some local
Entry is now open and you can enter
the race, by logging onto www.athleticsni.org, or by picking up an entry
form from Omagh Leisure Centre.
A donation from the event will go
to local charity Home Start.
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