The Dental Solutions 5K Classic promises to have an international flavour with the organizers confirming yesterday that two Kenyan athletes would be taking part in the race. Derry City Track Club are hosting the event in Eglinton on April 10 and with just over two weeks to go it is shaping up to one of the top races in the northwest this year.
The Kenyans are Vincent Kiprotich who won the Larne Half Marathon last weekend and Selinah Kangogo, winner of Jimmy’s 10K in Downpatrick ten days ago. The pair are here as part of the Project Africa Athletics scheme run by Omagh man Ciarán Collins who is helping disadvantaged athletes from Kenya and Uganda to come to Ireland in order to further their running careers.
“We’re delighted to have signed up two athletes of top quality for our race,” said DCTC chairman Cathal McLaughlin. “This is our first venture into race organisation and we are anxious to give the running public a product which will bring them back year after year. We’ve electric timing for all finishers and if anyone runs a personal best they can be certain that the race is the correct distance because it will be certified.
“Already entries are flooding in and race capacity may be filled well in advance of the race date, 11th April. I would advise anyone interested in running to enter immediately on the Athletics NI website. Thanks to generous sponsorship, we have personalised gymsacks containing an engraved commemorative medal plus other goodies for all finishers.”
The senior races will be preceded by races for juveniles from U8 up to U15 years (on 1 January 2015). Entries will be accepted on the night and cost just £1. All finishers will receive a medal with the distances going from 600m to 1000m.
Derry City Track Club is also hosting a workshop with Ciarán Collins and the Kenyans the previous evening at Templemore Sports Complex. An informal training session will be followed by a presentation by Collins showing the living conditions of athletes and their training facilities in the Rift Valley.