After nine months of taxing competition, the results of one of Northern Ireland’s most prestigious series of 10-kilometre running races are in.
The winners of the 2017 Novosco 10k Grand Prix collected their awards on January 18th, at a special event held at the Titanic Hotel Belfast, with David Clarke, 58, a member of North Belfast Harriers, collecting the top prize for finishing in pole position out of 730 registered runners in the 15-race series, securing a £1,000 prize fund.
Ann Terek, 53, a member of City of Lisburn AC, finished in second place and Francis Marsh, 51, a member of North Down AC, took third place.
24 prizes were presented at the ceremony, including awards for the top 15 finalists.
Celebrating the collective achievements of local clubs, awards were presented to the top four ranked clubs, including City of Lisburn AC, Dromore, AC, North Down AC and Seapark AC.
Completed over 9-months, runners Michael Kelso, 54, Bangor; Karyn Cooke, 42, Lisburn; Lynn Adair, 46, Carrickfergus; and husband and wife duo Paul, 37, and Emma Holmes, 38, Lisburn, received special recognition awards for completing all 15 races in the series.
A not-for-profit competition, the Grand Prix is a series of 10-kilometre road races staged throughout Northern Ireland with a total prize fund of over £6,000 divided among the top fifteen runners.
Sponsored by Novosco and organised by Glenn Grant, owner of electronic timing chip company ChampionChip Ireland, the Grand Prix features hundreds of individual racers of all ages and ability as well as club and corporate teams.
Patrick McAliskey, Novosco Managing Director, said: “Well done to all of this year’s runners, wherever they’re placed in the final rankings. In particular, congratulations to the top 15 finalists and David Clarke for fending off tough competition to take the top spot.
“We’re beginning to see returning faces, keen to take on the Novosco 10k Grand Prix each year to challenge their personal best, but equally we’re seeing new runners emerge and take their place among seasoned runners, athletics clubs and larger teams.
“With only 0.49% [AGP] between the top three runners, the Novosco 10k Grand Prix was competed down to the wire and committed challengers have every opportunity to make their presence known on the top table.
“With that in mind, we’re looking forward to the launch of the 2018 Novosco 10k Grand Prix. The scoring system is carefully designed to be inclusive and mindful of age and ability, so I would encourage runners at all levels to register and put their best foot forward.”
Event Organiser, Glenn Grant added: “Congratulations to all of the runners who took part in the Novosco 10k Grand Prix this year. A very well done to David Clarke for finishing in first place. It was a very exciting competition for the top 3 places and was only decided at the 15th race.”
For more information on the 2017 Novosco 10k Grand Prix, including a full list of each runner’s final standing, visit www.novosco10kgrandprix.com.