Runners from East Belfast were recently celebrated at the annual Novosco 10k Grand Prix prizegiving.
Paul Rowan, from Willowfield Temperance Harriers, finished within the top 10, securing 5th place out of 1,050 registered runners in the 18-race series which took place throughout 2019.
Meanwhile, Stephen Wylie, from Victoria Park & Connswater Athletics Club, finished 15th and Brian Todd, from Orangegrove AC, finished 19th.
Novosco co-founder and Strategic Advisor Patrick McAliskey said: “Congratulations to all of this year’s participants, and in particular to Paul, Stephen and Brian for securing rank among this year’s top competitors.
“The competitive spirit demonstrated throughout is testament to the calibre of athletics in Northern Ireland and we’re very pleased to continue our support for the series in 2020 which will be rebranded as the CANCOM 10k Grand Prix.”
Series organiser Glenn Grant said: “The Novosco 10k Grand Prix has experienced a huge surge in popularity, with 1,050 runners registered to participate in 2019. Refreshing the series every year, we’ve continued to boost prize values to reward athleticism and encourage new entrants to step forward, and we’ve increased the number of fixtures taking place across NI, which currently stands at 18.”
A not-for-profit competition, the Novosco 10k Grand Prix is a series of 10-kilometre running races staged throughout Northern Ireland with a £9,000 prize fund divided among the top runners and clubs.
It is supported by managed services IT firm Novosco, a CANCOM company, and organised by Glenn Grant, owner of electronic timing chip company ChampionChip Ireland, in partnership with Athletics NI, Running NI and Forestside.
For more information about the 2019 series, including a full list of each runner’s final standing, visit novosco10kgrandprix.com.
Brian Todd pictured with Novosco co-founder and Strategic Advisor Patrick McAliskey.