Queen’s 5KM gets NI and Ulster championship status

Queen's students Paul O'Neill, Christine McMahon and Martin Gaynor jump for joy at the launch of the 2015 Powerade Queen's 5k race. Picture by Paul McErlane
Queen's students Paul O'Neill, Christine McMahon and Martin Gaynor jump for joy at the launch of the 2015 Powerade Queen's 5k race. Picture by Paul McErlane

At the recent launch of the annual Powerade Queen’s 5k ‘Race Around the River’ which will take place on Wednesday March 25 at 7pm, it was announced that this year’s race has been awarded Northern Ireland and Ulster championship status for 2015.

The already popular road race, which is organised by Queen’s Athletics Club and Queen’s Sport, covers a fast and unique course beside the River Lagan consisting of two laps around the King’s Bridge and Ormeau Bridge, with the Physical Education Centre (PEC) acting as the race head quarters for both pre and post-race requirements.

John Allen, General Secretary of Athletics Northern Ireland, said: “I am delighted that such high calibre events such as the Powerade Queen’s 5k Road Race will host the prestigious 2015 Northern Ireland and Ulster Road Race Championships.

“Over the past number of years the Championships have grown in stature with titles sought after by both individual athletes and clubs.

“Each of these races caters to a large number of club athletes and fun runners from all parts of Ireland and further afield and I am sure this year’s event will be no exception.”

There are robust guidelines in place in relation to awarding championship status to any road race.

These cover factors such as accurate distance measurement, adequate stewarding and policing, provision of toilets, first aid, water and refreshments and the general quality of the course and event organisation.

Championship status can only be awarded to one event in each distance category per year, being chosen as a Championship host is evidence of the confidence Athletics Northern Ireland has in the commitment of the event organisers involved and the quality of each race.

For more information on the race, entry fees and the course visit www.queenssport5k.com.