Michelle Hatfield from the George Best Belfast City Airport joins Athletics NI Chairman, David Seaton, to launch this year’s event.
The Bangor 10K in association with George Best Belfast City Airport has retained its status as the Athletics NI championship event and will return for 2019 with a 10am start on Saturday 28th September.
With entries capped at 1,000 for the safety and enjoyment of all, runners are advised to register early and to take advantage of the early bird rate for entries received before July 31st. The route, which has been officially measured, will remain the same as in previous years, with a picturesque start in the shadow of Bangor Castle and an atmospheric finish in family friendly Ward Park.
The race, which will be chip timed, is part of the Novosco Grand Prix series and boasts a generous prize fund of £3,400. Finishers will receive a bespoke medal, a free gift and all online entries will be issued with a personalised race bib.
With a rich history dating back 30 years, the event continues to go from strength to strength, due in large part to the support of sponsors, and is much anticipated as one of the highlights on the local running calendar.
Michelle Hatfield, Director of Corporate Services at George Best Belfast City Airport said;
“Congratulations to North Down Athletic Club for organising what is always a fantastic event for runners and spectators. This is the third year that Belfast City Airport has supported the Bangor 10K and the event is always so well received by athletes and the supporters who come out on the day to cheer on the runners.
Belfast City Airport is committed to continuing to make a positive impact on our community and supporting local sports clubs is just one of the ways in which we do this. Through our Community Fund, we have donated nearly £500,000 to local community projects and it is extremely rewarding to support such fantastic events like the Bangor 10K.”
Winner of the 2018 event, Gideon Kipsang, photo credit – Steven Donegan
The Chair of North Down Athletic Club, Tony Wall, welcomed all runners to this year’s event.
“Whilst gaining Northern Ireland Championship status means that there will be elite male and female runners leading the race, the Bangor 10K is for runners of all abilities”. He also thanked George Best Belfast City Airport and the event’s other sponsors for their continued support. “The course will be the same as usual this year, benefiting from closed roads in the town centre, enthusiastic support through Ballyholme and water stations in Groomsport, before returning along the scenic promenade to Ward Park. I’d like to thank those living along the route for their patience and hope that any disruption will be minimal” added Tony.