Finalists celebrated at annual Novosco 10k Grand Prix prize-giving
Contested over ten months last year, over 800 registered runners competed against one another in a battle for pole position in one of Northern Ireland’s most prestigious series of 10-kilometre running races, and the results are in.
The winners of the third annual Novosco 10k Grand Prix collected their awards on Wednesday, January 16, at a special ceremony held at the Titanic Hotel Belfast.
For the second consecutive year, David Clarke, 59, a member of North Belfast Harriers, collected the top prize for finishing in 1st place in the 17-race series, securing a £1,000 prize fund.
Newry City Runners club member Patricia Brown, 60, finished in 2nd place and Dromore AC runner Mary Mackin, 63, took 3rd place.
In total, 27 prizes were presented at the ceremony, including awards for the top 20 ranked finalists, top four clubs and three special recognition awards.
Clubs in the Ards and North Down area dominated the club leaderboard, taking three of the top four positions.
The top ranked club in the series was Ballydrain Harriers, followed by first place runner, David Clarke’s North Belfast Harriers in 2nd, Newtownards-based Scrabo Striders in 3rd and Bangor’s Ward Park Runners in 4th.
Special recognition awards were presented to husband and wife duo Alan and Lynn Adair, from Carrickfergus, and Paul McClintock, from Belfast, for completing all 17 races in the series.
Two additional fixtures, the Enniskillen 10k and Saintfield 10k, were added to the series for 2018.
A not-for-profit competition, the Grand Prix is a series of 10-kilometre running races staged throughout Northern Ireland with a £6,000 prize fund divided among the top runners and clubs.
Sponsored by managed cloud IT firm Novosco and organised by Glenn Grant, owner of electronic timing chip company ChampionChip Ireland, in partnership with Athletics NI, Running NI and Forestside, the Grand Prix features hundreds of individual racers of all ages and ability as well as club and corporate teams.
Novosco’s Managing Director, Patrick McAliskey, praised all the runners who took part in the 2018 Grand Prix.
“A massive well done to everyone who took part in the Novosco 10k Grand Prix in 2018. Congratulations to David Clarke, a talented runner and true ambassador for the sport and his local club, for taking the top spot for the second year running.
“Congratulations also to Patricia Brown for securing second place and to Mary Mackin for climbing the rankings this year to secure third after her fourth place finish in 2017.
“The Grand Prix is one of the many highlights of our calendar and is aligned well with Novosco’s community and culture. We’re really looking forward to launching the 2019 Novosco 10k Grand Prix in the coming weeks. The series is open to new and experienced runners of all ages and ability, so we hope to see more competitors step up to starting line to make their mark on the series rankings in the year ahead.”
Echoing these thoughts, event organiser Glenn Grant added: “Whether it was one fixture or the full calendar of 17 races, well done to all of this year’s runners. Congratulations to our top three runners and to David for once again for finishing in first place and adding to his and North Belfast Harriers’ fantastic track record.”
For more information on the 2018 Novosco 10k Grand Prix, including a full list of each runner’s final standing, visit www.novosco10kgrandprix.com.
(pictured L-R; Patricia Brown; David Clarke; Patrick McAliskey; Mary Mackin; Glenn Grant)