The 2019 edition of the Brooks Armagh 5K International Road Race celebrates the 29th anniversary of this iconic event now ranked as the best and most popular road race in the world.
This has come about through the incredible in-depth, consistent standard of the Men’s 5K over many years. This has been highlighted by the fact that no other race brings together so many athletes running under 15 minutes – in the 2018 race there were 95 runners who recorded sub-15 times!
The event is organised by Armagh Athletic Club and attracts athletes of the highest elite standards from all over the world – last time out no fewer than 195 of the 264 runners in the Men’s 5k were from outside the island of Ireland.
The Women’s International 3k, too, continues to attract some of the finest athletes from around the world with the 2018 winner and record holder, Morpeth Harriers’ Laura Weightman, going on to take the bronze medal in the European Championships 1500M.
The programme consists of 14 races staged on the 1000 metre Mall circuit, with the floodlighting, the trees, the unique Georgian architecture and the cheering crowds creating an unforgettable spectacle.
The slick delivery of the programme contributes to the excitement and atmosphere as runners of all ages and abilities speed round the Mall cheered on by the spectators and encouraged all the way by the ringing voice of the commentator. The course is flat and fast and the competition at every level is of the keenest, giving runners the opportunity to run personal best times.
6.30pm – Programme of 11 underage category races commences
8.10pm – Intersport Women’s 3K
8.30pm – Brooks Armagh 5k
8.55pm – Linwood’s Men’s 3k
These races couldn’t take place without, firstly, the generous support of the Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council whose Lord Mayor will be presiding on the night.
The headline event, the Men’s 5k race, is once again enthusiastically sponsored by Brooks as one of their flagship events.
In addition, the Women’s 3k race has again been generously sponsored by Intersport, while the Men’s 3k is kindly sponsored by Linwoods for the fourth year in succession.
Added to this is a very substantial funding package from White’s Oats, while the Armagh business community has once again come to the fore with their usual generous support for advertising in the race programme and sponsorship of the individual children’s races.