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Thousands are set to tackle 30th running of popular race

TRAINING plans have been followed, goals have been set, but it’s now time for the main event.

Later this morning, approximately 4,000 runners will take part in the 30th anniversary Omagh Half Marathon and 5K Fun Run.

In the years since it was first run, the Omagh event has grown into one of the largest half marathons in the country. The level of interest in this year’s race has been phenomenal, with entries growing to 2,700 for the Half!

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The growth has seen the level of competitors grow and now boast elite athletes posting international standard winning times. Last year’s winner Stephen Scullion holds the male record from 2013; 1:04:46 and Ann-Marie McGlynn set a new record in 2018 with a superb 1:14:28.

All of the local running clubs and schools will feature heavily and over fifty Omagh Harriers will take to the line in the Half Marathon including previous double winner Stephen Duncan.

Race Pack Collection is available at Omagh Leisure Complex from 8am-10am this morning.

Start times today are as follows: Half Marathon Walk, 10am; Wheelchair race goes off just before the half marathon; Half Marathon Run, 11am; 5K Fun Run, 11:10am.

There will be four water stations on the Half Marathon course, one of which will service the 5K run at 3 miles, 5 miles, 7.5 miles and 10 miles.

Car parking is available at Grange Car Park, St Pat’s Car Park, Mountjoy Road Car Park (old Naturelle site), Gibson Primary School, Campsie Primary School, parking behind old Police Station on the Gortin Rd, and Arvalee School on Strathroy Road. No parking available on the Old Mountfield Road or within the grounds of Omagh Leisure Complex on race day.

The race is obviously going to cause some traffic congestion around the town. The peak times and areas for congestion are expected to be: 11am-11:15am Town Centre; 11am-12:30pm Swinging Bars Roundabout; 11:20am-1pm, Killyclogher area; 11:50am-1:30pm, Gortin Road area to Omagh Leisure Complex.

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There will be hospitality in the hall after the race and all runners are very welcome, you can also get those tired limbs massaged. There will be plenty of tea, coffee, sandwiches, buns and biscuits available to replace all those calories burnt out on the course. Race results will be available as soon as possible in the hall and will be updated regularly with prizegiving starting approximately 1.30pm.

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