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Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland


Lisburn run is on the starting blocks
On your marks for this year's half marathon, 10K and fun run

LOCAL people are gearing up for this year's Coca-Cola Lisburn Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run, which will take place on Wednesday June 18 at 6.45pm, and organisers are hoping to make this the most successful year ever.

The 25th anniversary event in 2007 attracted 5,700 runners and it is hoped to break the 6,000 barrier in 2008.

This year's official charity is Make-A-Wish who grant magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening illnesses. The official charity will receive �1 from each entry but runners may choose to run to raise additional sponsorship for this or indeed a host of other worthy causes.

The choice of the three races, the family friendly atmosphere and the large number of schools and youth groups taking part ensure this is the ideal event for both the serious runner or the not so serious leisure runner.

The Fun Run is ideal for large

groups from schools, youth groups, uniform organisations or families and friends who want to get fit for summer, have a bit of fun and perhaps help a worthy cause along the way. A special group entry rate is available for groups of 25 or more.

The 10K presents more of a challenge for the semi serious runners although the relatively flat course ensures the challenge is not beyond prospective participants.

The Half Marathon is one of the most challenging in Northern Ireland and is a mix of relatively flat and undulating terrain. The satisfaction of competing the course is one that entices serious competitors to come back year after year.

Entry could not be easier as there is online entry and event information available at or alternatively contact the Leisure Services Department

on 02892 509563. The website will provide all the information you require including training plans, route information, a special frequently asked questions section plus information and sponsorship form for this year's official charity.

So why not get in shape, get training and take part in what promises to be one of the highlights of the sporting year in Lisburn.

Ulster Star