Entries open for 26th Spar Omagh Half Marathon

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Martin McLaughlin, Omagh Harriers Race Secretary with one of Northern Irelands leading female athletes, Cathy McCourt and Emma Armer, PR & Communications Officer at Henderson Group

L to r: Emma Armer, PR & communications officer at Henderson Group; Martin McLaughlin, Omagh Harriers Race Secretary and Cathy McCourt, one of Northern Ireland’s leading female athletes

The 26th Spar Omagh Half Marathon and 5k Fun Run was launched this week in Northern Ireland, with organisers hoping for another record breaking year.

Over 3,000 runners took to the streets of Omagh last year, to walk or run the 13 mile route and this year’s event on Saturday 28 March, is anticipated to attract even more runners than ever before.

With Technical T-shirts for half marathon entrants, bespoke medals for all finishers, chip timing, race pacers and superb post-race refreshments provided by title sponsor Spar, it is set to be a fantastic event.

Preparations are at an advanced stage for this year’s half marathon event, which is now regarded as one of the most prestigious events in Ireland and the UK. In fact, runners travel from all over Ireland as well as some overseas participants due to the quality and stature of the Spar Omagh Half Marathon.

Bronagh Luke, head of corporate marketing at the Henderson Group, owner of the Spar NI franchise, said: “We are delighted to continue our sponsorship of this truly exciting event. As entries continue to soar, I am confident that the 26th Spar Omagh Half Marathon will be another record breaking year.”

This sporting occasion is focussed just as much on community spirit as it is on promoting active and healthy lifestyles. It not only attracts top class athletes to Omagh along with inspiring so many local people to be active but also raises much needed funds for extremely worthwhile charities.

In 2014 Spar Omagh Half raised an amazing £4,500 for the Down Syndrome society in the Omagh area and this year’s charity partner is the Royal National Institute of the Blind, Omagh.

“We are proud to be associated with this exciting sporting event and would encourage as many people as possible to take part, get active and keep fit.”

With its fast undulating scenic course, upbeat entertainment and vociferous crowds, Omagh is firmly established in the athletics calendar as one of Northern Ireland’s go-to Half Marathons.

Entries have now opened online at www.athleticsni.org and it is recommended to enter early to guarantee participation or alternatively pick up an entry form at Omagh leisure centre, McGales furniture shop or any Spar shop in Omagh.