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Newry Marathon to be perfect ten

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Newry Marathon to be perfect ten thumbnailAT the Newry City Marathon launch is last year's marathon winners Don Travers and Diane Watson with race referee Willie McCracken.

The Newry City Marathon will celebrate a decade of sporting excellence on Sunday, May 28. Over the past ten years the marathon has gone from strength to strength to become one of the friendliest events on the marathon circuit.

Over 1,000 participants are expected to walk, jog or run in this year's event showcasing sporting excellence at its best. This year the committee aims to attract more participation.

Race Director - Newry City Marathon Committee, Paddy Duffy said the race will return to the traditional route - with a finish line on Hill Street.

It's an absolute privilege to be Race Director as the Newry City Marathon marks its tenth anniversary," said Duffy.

“As part of this year's celebrations we have invited founders of the event Damien McStay and Jackie Malone to officially start each event with President Sean Hogan of Newry Credit Union our principal sponsor. The traditional route will take the direction of Newry Towpath at WIN Business Park and will return to the finish line at Newry Credit Union on Hill Street.

“So I extend a warm invitation to everyone that has participated in the event over the course of the last ten years to dust of their running shoes and get involved in this year's event."

Each participate shall receive a tenth anniversary t-shirt and custom made medal.

Duffy thanked the Newry Credit Union for their commitment to the event and once again agreeing to be this year's principal sponsor.

President of Newry Credit Union - Sean Hogan said that the Newry Credit Union are once again delighted to be this year's principal sponsor.

“Last year's event was incredible. For me the event showcased team spirit, participation and that special sense of achievement to see runners cross the finish line," said Hogan.

“We are proud to be associated with the Newry City Marathon that resonates so well within the local community and is our privilege to have played our part in the success of what is now a key event within the sporting calendar. Last year's event was strongly family focused and we aim to build upon for this year's event.

“The staff at the Newry Credit Union take great delighted in organising the Fun Run, which encourages family / community participation. The Fun Run is very enjoyable and is not taken too seriously but more importantly promotes health and wellbeing in our young people."

Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council - Gillian Fitzpatrick urged the public to support the event.

“As Chairperson of Council it gives me great pleasure to sincerely congratulate everyone that has been involved with the event over the course of the last ten years and in particular Jackie Malone and Damien McStay," said Fitzpatrick.

“Newry City has been put on the map to showcase its sporting excellence and has earned the reputation for being inclusive to all individuals of all levels from first timers to professional athletes.

“I would take this opportunity to encourage as many people to sign up and participate in this year's tenth anniversary event and urge all citizens from across the entire district to come to Newry City on the Sunday, line the streets to show support for all participants and enjoy a range of free family fun entertainment that will be on offer at the finish line."

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