MOTORISTS travelling through Omagh this afternoon (Saturday) have been urged to co-operate with stewards working on this weekend’s Half-Marathon and 5k fun run.
This week marks the 25th anniversary of the popular run, which is organised by Omagh Harriers Athletic Club, and around 3,000 runners are expected to throng the streets of the town centre and surrounding roads.
Both the organisers and the PSNI are confident that the disruption will be kept to a minimum.
The 13.1mile route will take runners initially from the Old Mountfield Road, to the Mountjoy Road, up to Bridge Street and along Campsie Road before proceeding to the Crevenagh Road and outlying suburbs.
It is expected that all runners will have passed the Campsie Swinging Bars roundabout by 12.30pm.
Due to the large number of competitors taking part however, there will be some traffic disruption between 10.30am to 3.30pm in the following areas – Old Mountfield Rd, Mountjoy Rd, Bridge Street, Town Centre, Campsie Rd, Crevenagh Rd, Hospital Rd, Killyclogher Rd, Castleview Rd, Gortin Rd, and Strathroy Rd. The organising committee would appreciate co-operation with stewards during this time.
This year’s registered charity is Omagh Area Down’s Syndrome, while other runners will be raising money for a host of other good causes.
Among them is the well-known Omagh native and writer, Jude Collins, who at 71 years of age will be one of the oldest participants.
“I’m a slow learner and will be running this year in aid of Trocaire. This isn’t the first time that I’ve done the Omagh Half-Marathon, even though it means a drive of over 70 miles to get there,” he said.
Prizemoney at the event totals £5,000 and there will be special prizes for fancy dress and a £250 for the person who sets a new course record. There will also be the presentation of the Spirit of Ronan Kerr Award which commemorates the police officer killed on the day of the event in 2011.