Over 10,000 runners crossed the finish line in the inaugural Novosco 10k Grand Prix - a major running series of 13 races across four counties - and it is the veterans who dominate the final standings.
The winners collected their awards today at a special event sponsored by Máirtín Ó Muilleoir MLA in Parliament Buildings Stormont, with Ruth Perioli, a 58-year-old athlete from Comber, receiving top prize for finishing first in the table.
18 prizes in total were presented at the ceremony, including awards for the top 15 competitors in the final leader board, with a total prize-fund of more than £6,000.
61-year-old Mary Mackin from Lurgan finished second in the final standings, with 67-year-old Terry Eakin from Bangor coming in sixth.
George Morrow, a 75-year-old runner from Lisburn was presented with a special award for completing all 13 races, an impressive feat for any athlete, alongside Anne Donnelly (60 years) and Michael Kelso (50 years).
It is a unique age-graded running competition incorporating 13 well-respected and established 10k races, including the Titanic 10k, the Enniskillen 10k, and the Seeley Cup 10k.
Athletes’ average age-graded times over their best six races in the series are used to determine the final standings.
Novosco managing director Patrick McAliskey congratulated the winners: “This was the first year of the Novosco Grand Prix and we had fantastic interest from runners of a wide range of ages and abilities across Northern Ireland. The unique age-graded nature of the Grand Prix makes it an inclusive event, with all competitors in with a chance of seeing their name on the leader board. Congratulations to each of the prize-winners, and to those who completed all of the races. George Morrow in particular is an inspiration, completing all 13 at the age of 75. We look forward to 2017 and encourage runners of all abilities to enter and try to get their names on the leader board.”
Further information about the Novosco Grand Prix is available at www.novosco10kgrandprix.com