One of Northern Ireland’s most prestigious series of running races has announced its full race schedule for 2018.
The Novosco 10k Grand Prix has officially revealed that two new races have been added to the 2018 schedule, bringing the total number of races up to 17 with a total prize fund of over £8,500.
New to the line-up this year is the Crossgar 10k and the Saintfield 10k. These fixtures form the now 17-race series which kickstarts with the SPAR Craic 10k on Saturday, March 17 in Belfast and ends with the Seeley Cup 10k taking place in Belfast's Ormeau Park in November.
Sponsored by managed cloud provider Novosco and organised by Glenn Grant, owner of electronic timing chip company ChampionChip Ireland, the Grand Prix, now in its third year, features hundreds of individual runners of all ages and ability as well as 6-person club teams. The 17-race series of 10-kilometre running races is staged throughout Northern Ireland over nine months.
Uniquely, each race is timed and age-graded using an aggregate scoring system meaning the Grand Prix is carefully designed to be mindful of gender, age and ability. Each runner’s ranking is updated in an overall leaderboard after each race. Runners must complete 6 of the 17 races to feature on the leaderboard.
Novosco Managing Director, Patrick McAliskey said:
“Once again we’re delighted to support a growing Novosco 10k Grand Prix. We’re pleased to see a strong running culture emerging among newcomers, seasoned competitors and athletics clubs across Northern Ireland, and indeed within the IT sector.
“With the addition of two new races to the 2018 series, the Novosco 10k Grand Prix now features seventeen races staged across Northern Ireland over nine months – that’s just shy of two 10-kilometre races per month meaning as familiar faces get accustomed to the series we’re introducing new fixtures to refresh it and make it more challenging.”
Event organiser, Glenn Grant, owner of electronic timing chip company ChampionChip Ireland, said:
“With the addition of two new race fixtures we’re able to extend the reach of the Novosco 10k Grand Prix, bringing it to new parts of Northern Ireland and encouraging new runners in those areas to put their best foot forward. To earn your place on the 2018 leaderboard you need to finish 6 of 17 races, so by extending the geographic reach of the Grand Prix we hope to introduce this to more runners eager to make their mark on the final standings.”
Cash prizes are awarded to the top 20 finalists at the end of the 2018 Grand Prix as well as prizes for the top 4 ranking clubs. New this year, a cash prize will also be awarded to the top 3 runners across the finish line on race day at each of the 17 races.
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.
Belfast Met has awarded honorary fellowships to Novosco's Managing Director and the CEO of Belfast City Council.
The college honoured Novosco founder and MD Patrick McAliskey, and Suzanne Wylie, the first female CEO of Belfast City Council, at its Higher Education Graduation, held in Titanic Belfast on November 15.
In ceremony one, students from the school of Creative and Digital industries graduated and enjoyed a speech from Mr McAliskey – a fitting honorary fellow for the college which has just been named the Northern Ireland sector lead for the curriculum area of IT.
In ceremony two which included graduates from the college’s Belfast Business School, Suzanne Wylie spoke about her journey to becoming the first female CEO of Belfast City council. Belfast Met’s Principal and CEO, Marie-Thérèse McGivern, said: “We are thrilled with our choice of honorary fellows this year. Our theme for this year’s celebration is ‘inspiration and transformation’ and we have filled this brief with Mr McAliskey and Mrs Wylie. Patrick is at the top of his field and I know our staff and students were delighted to hear about how he founded Novosco and led it to become one of the leading managed cloud providers – a true local success story. Suzanne is a prime example of a female trailblazer – the first woman to take up the post of CEO of Belfast City Council.The council is a strong ally of the college and the Belfast Agenda 2035 plan – which is focused on growing the economy, attracting people to the city, City Centre Development, connecting our neighbourhoods to our city plus working & learning - is so closely aligned with Belfast Met’s core aim of making skills and education relevant while leading the city to work.”
Mr McAliskey said: “Relationships between IT companies and the education sector are extremely important to the future of the economy, and I am delighted to accept this Fellowship to support that agenda. Belfast Met plays a crucial role in developing the talent pool that we at Novosco and the IT industry as a whole needs to continue to grow.”
Mrs Wylie said: “I am extremely honoured to have received this award and as someone who has worked in the public sector all of my career, I am accepting it on behalf of Belfast City Council for the opportunities it has afforded me. Our schools, colleges and universities rival the best in the world, providing a strong talent pool for industry and investors across a wide range of sectors, and the Council has a growing influence in progressing the city and its economy through physical development, attracting investment and supporting the creation of job opportunities. Winning such a prestigious award inspires me to ensure that Belfast continues its renaissance and re-establishes itself as one of the world’s great cities”.
Managed cloud provider Novosco has reported a 12 percent increase in revenues to £23.3million.
The fast-growing business, which continues to recruit for a range of roles at its Belfast-headquarters, saw an increase in EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation) of 16% to £2.8m.
The company, which has offices in Manchester, Dublin and Cork, in addition to its Belfast headquarters, counts some of the UK’s largest NHS trusts amongst its client-base, as well as several of London’s largest housing associations.
Its customer-base also includes Premier League football clubs, major police forces, and many of the island of Ireland’s leading businesses.
Last year the company invested around £1million to create world-class offices in Belfast including a staff gym, library, coffee dock and virtual reality room. It also acquired leading English IT security specialist NetDef in a seven-figure deal.
Founder and managing director Patrick McAliskey said that NetDef was now fully integrated into Novosco providing major opportunities for further growth.
"NetDef specialises in cyber security and includes police forces and global hedge funds, as well as Premier League football clubs, among its clients - that gives us greater capability and a greater reach of geographical areas," he said.
“This will significantly benefit our clients, including NHS trusts and our corporate clients,” he continued.
In terms of outlook, Novosco expects revenues in 2017 to rise at least a further 14 percent to around £27m.
Earlier this year, Novosco announced significant new contracts with UK-hotel group Village Hotels, which has 28 hotels and over 4,000 employees. It also recently announced a £10m contract with Notting Hill Housing.
Founded by entrepreneurs Patrick McAliskey and John Lennon, Novosco now employs over 160 people. It is multi-award-winning and managing director Patrick McAliskey is one of the nominees for this year’s EY Entrepreneur of the Year.
All newborn babies delivered at Liverpool Women’s Hospital are offered newborn screening in line with national guidance. If babies have specific conditions that require specialist genetic investigations Liverpool Women’s Hospital can offer, after full discussion with parents and with parental consent, a wide range of genetic testing to help with diagnosis. In certain circumstances this may be as part of the 100,000 Genomes Project.
Liverpool Women’s Hospital has recently signed a new contract with IT partner, Novosco, as part of the 100,000 Genomes Project.
The 100,000 Genomes project aims to sequence genomes from approximately 70,000 people, with certain types of cancer and rare diseases. The North West Coast Genomic Medical Centre (NWC GMC) is based at Liverpool Women’s Hospital and covers Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire and South Cumbria.
With patients consent genomes are sequenced and linked to details about an individual’s medical condition. By adding key information from medical records and putting all the data in one highly secure place, scientists can compare data from tens, thousands, or even hundreds of people with the same condition. Allowing approved scientists to have monitored access to this data is a very powerful way to understand the causes of ill health and how to treat it.
By providing the IT infrastructure for the NWCGMC, Novosco are an important partner in helping to improve the care of patients, both in the project and in the future as the Genomics Medical Services become more established.
Emma Howard, Head of Genetic Laboratories at Liverpool Women’s Hospital said “Having Novosco as a partner will enable the genetics laboratory to deliver high quality information to clinical teams.”
Patrick McAliskey, Manging Director of Novosco added “We are delighted to secure the contract which will enable the trust to take genetic testing to the next level and play an important role in the identification and prevention of conditions and illness in the new-born and the wider population”
By looking at all of the 100,000 genome project data, not only allows professionals to gain more of an understanding of how DNA affects the sequencing of diseases, but also gives patients vital information to not only benefit them but also their families.
Lynn Greenhalgh, Rare Disease Lead for NWCGMC said “Embedding genomics into patient pathways will allow clinicians to diagnose conditions earlier and to offer patients personalised treatment”
Individuals with a family history of inherited rare diseases and common cancers may wish to contact their GP or clinician to ask if they may also be eligible to participate in the project.