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O’Neills unveil special commemorative T-shirt as Strabane Lifford Half Marathon edges closer

18 April 2018

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr Maolíosa McHugh has warmly welcomed the unveiling of a special commemorative T-shirt for this year’s Strabane Lifford Half Marathon which also celebrates the 100th anniversary of O’Neills Irish International Sports Company Limited.

Mayor McHugh is encouraging local runners of all levels to register as soon as possible for the race and get involved on Sunday 13th May 2018.

The half marathon organised by Council in association with Lifford Strabane Athletics Club is back for a fifth successive year and is set to attract a 1,500 strong field.

The cross border event has proven hugely popular with seasoned and novice runners alike – with runners from all over Ireland and beyond joining a sizeable local entry.

O’Neills and SGN Natural Gas are the main sponsors for this year’s Strabane Lifford Half Marathon – one of the biggest events on the local athletics calendar.

Mayor McHugh said: “I am delighted to see the unveiling of this special commemorative T-shirt marking an amazing 100 years in business – and warmly welcome O’Neills on board as a new sponsor for this year’s race.

“2017 was a bumper year for the half marathon which saw runners and spectators turn out in their thousands.

“Indeed, the popularity of this event has been growing since it was first held in 2014 – with entrants continuing to travel from all over the island and beyond to enjoy this fantastic running experience. We are anticipating this year to be a sell out so I’d urge anyone who is thinking of entering to get registered as soon as possible.

“Whether you are aiming to beat your personal best, place in one of the categories or simply get to the finish line, this year’s race promises to be an experience to remember!

“I would also like to take this opportunity to commend Lifford Strabane Athletics Club – as without their expertise this event wouldn’t be possible – and also say a huge ‘Thank You’ to both main sponsors of this year’s race – O’Neill’s and SGN Natural Gas.

“The growth in popularity and profile of the Strabane Lifford Half Marathon really is fantastic for the local area – not least in terms of providing a boost to local businesses and the charities who will benefit from the fund raising.” 

Managing Director of O’Neills Irish International Sports Company Limited, Kieran Kennedy added: “We are delighted to have designed a special commemorative T-shirt for this year’s Strabane Lifford Half Marathon which also marks our 100th anniversary.

“Indeed, we are very proud to be able to play our part in this year’s half marathon, which is increasingly building a reputation as an efficiently run and friendly event to attend and take part in.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to wish everyone taking part in this year’s race the very best of luck with their preparations – and really look forward to cheering all of them across the finish line!”

All Half Marathon entrants must be 18 or over on the day of the race which starts at 9:30am on Sunday 13th May from Meetinghouse Street in Strabane and will finish at the Melvin Sports Complex. 

Race Packs can be picked up at the Melvin Sports Complex on Friday 11th May 5pm-9pm & Saturday 12th May 9.30am-12.30pm.

Registrations for this year’s half marathon will be limited to 1,500 runners so book early to avoid disappointment – Entries are open at www.derrystrabane.com/halfmarathon  and closing on Sunday 29th April 2018.

The entry fee for the 13.1mile race is £23 and all finishers will receive the specially commissioned O’Neills T-shirt and a medal. For further information email [email protected] or Derry City and Strabane District Council on 028 71 253253.