Entry for the Waterside Half Marathon has now closed.
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RAHENY SHAMROCK PAIR FAVOURITES FOR WATERSIDE HALF MARATHON WIN
With the entry lists closed just shy of 1900 runners and boasting a brand new course taking in both sides of the Foyle, Sunday's 34th staging of the Waterside Half Marathon is eagerly anticipated and all across the city and beyond fingers are firmly crossed that the weather gods will smile on the hugely popular event.
The forecast suggests a dry, cloudy morning with light winds and that would be ideal for the 13.1 mile jaunt from the Ebrington Start back to the St Columbs Park running track Finish via the Foyle and Peace bridges. Fingers crossed then for the runners, officials and spectators as the DerryCity and Strabane District Council led event hits the streets again.
Wheelchair competitor Karol Doherty will be first off on Sunday, the Mayor setting him off at 9 55am with all the runners getting the green light at 10am from the start line just inside the Ebrington site. In the front line will be pre race favourites Freddy Sittuk and Mick Clohisey from top Dublin club Raheny Shamrock , Clohisey hoping to emulate his coach Dick Hooper who won the Waterside back in 1987 posting an impressive 64m 33s.
Clohissey apparently is just back from altitude training in France and has a 64m 42s half marathon PB and will start as favourite although the prolific racer Freddy Sittuk will be keen to retain his high profile competitive CV around these parts.
Declan Reed and Scott Rankin are likely to front the local challenge with Pauric McKinney, Chris McGuinness and Gary Slevin not far away. Reed and McKinney are deep in training for the Berlin Marathon later this month, Clohisey is also said to be heading there, and the NW pair should certainly have the necessary endurance to mount a good challenge alongside the inform Rankin for at least the final podium place.
LOCAL FEMALE WINNER?
The Women's race looks the most open in recent years and holds out the possibility of the first ever female winner from the city. County Derry women Theresa Kidd and Anne Paul both won the title twice, Donegal 's Bernadette Alcorn, Noreen Martin and Helena Crossan (three times ) plus Omagh.s Julie Butler are past winners.
The final entry list for Sunday suggests that one of Catherine Whoriskey, Martina McMullan and Gemma McGinty could make history on Sunday. Whoriskey is in great form and her sub 37m Dessies 10k Run last week hints at a decent Half Marathon . McMullan has very good endurance credentials and McGinty is a tough racer. They with Jackie McMonagle, look like the quality in the field and barring an unknown in the pack we could be celebrating a local female winner come Sunday morning.
Of course there will be many other runners with highly personal targets ranging from simply finishing, through setting PB's to contending for the various age group category awards. All these will ensure a vivid spectacle of effort and endeavour over the 13.1 miles, the challenge of the Foyle Bridge, the drop down the Boomhall pathway, the runs along the riverbank and the final stretch across the Peace Bridge to the finish on the St Columbs Park running track.
The action gets off just before 10am in Ebrington with the first finishers expected at the running track by 11 06am. the bulge in the finishers is between 11 30am and 12 30pm with the final finishers expected 1pm and 1.30pm.
RACE PACK COLLECTION
Race Pack collection starts on Friday at 12 noon in the Foyle Arena and continues on Saturday between 10am and 5pm with a 8am to 9am collection available on Sunday morning.
The Sunday collection slot is for out of town participants only----locals should get sorted on Friday and Saturday to reduce pressure on Sunday morning.
The supporting Family Fun Run has a 10 15am start and at 1.7K will take the participants through the Ebrington site to the Half Marathon finish on the running track in the Park.
Entries are being taken at the Foyle Arena on Thursday, Friday and Saturday during normal opening hours and between 8am and 9 30am on Sunday morning .
Waterside Half Marathon Details
Event: Waterside Half Marathon
Distance: 13.1 miles
Route: New 2015 course
Date: Sunday 6th September 2015
Location: St Columb’s Park, Limavady Road, Derry~Londonderry
Categories: Runner | Wheelchair | 3-Person Relay Team | 2k Family Fun Run
Levels: Open to Athletes of all Levels and Abilities
Closing Date: Friday 21st August 2015