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Thousands ready to take to the streets

Coke girls Judith Wilson and Christine Jackson get set to time Mayor Ronnie Crawford and James Tinsley as they get into training for the Half-Marathon.THE annual Coca-Cola Lisburn Half-Marathon, 10K and Fun will take place next Wednesday, June 17 2009, with a start and finish at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex. Entries once again look to be approaching the 6,000 mark for the three races.

The event itself is sure to raise many thousands of pounds for a host of worthwhile causes" including this year's official charity" Diabetes UK. The Right Worshipful the Mayor" Councillor Ronnie Crawford, as well as starting the Half Marathon" will also be donning his running shoes to take part in the Fun Run in aid of his nominated charity.

The highlight of the evening will undoubtedly be the Fun Run, which takes place over a distance of 3,000 metres and attracts a variety of youth and community groups, plus many others who choose to walk or take part in fancy dress. Organisers, Lisburn City Council" encourages all local residents to come out and support the participants as they make their way through Lisburn City Centre" Longstone and Warren Gardens.

For the more serious runners the challenge of the Half Marathon and 10K runs represents the culmination of many months' hard training. For many of the participants the challenge is simply to complete their races.

However, for a number of others personal bests and top ten positions are a more realistic goal.

Last year's Half-Marathon winner, David Morwood, has set his sights on winning the 10K, with leading Irish athlete, Brian McMahon, now a front runner for the top prize in the Half-Marathon.

A number of Ireland's top athletes will be taking part in both the Half-Marathon and 10K, and if weather conditions are favourable, the course record is under threat.

Entries will be available on the evening in the main hall at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex from 4.30 pm.

Ulster Star