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Scrabo Striders celebrate success at Novosco 10k Grand Prix prizegiving

March 2020 - The Ards Advertiser

Pictured (L-R) with Lee Cutler (centre), Centre Manager at Forestside are Scrabo Striders runners Lynn Sheldon, David Turton, Paul Sheldon and Liz Turton.

Scrabo Striders have been recognised with a series of awards celebrating the top athletes in the 2019 Novosco 10k Grand Prix.

Clubs in the Ards and North Down area dominated the club leaderboard, with Scrabo Striders teams securing second, fourth and fifth place rankings. Bangor’s Ward Park Runners took third place.

The club’s runners also featured prominently in the top 25 finalists out of the 1,050 registered runners, including Norman Mawhinney (11th), Liz Turton (23rd) and Lynn Sheldon (25th).

Club members were among the winners who collected their awards at a recent prizegiving ceremony at the Titanic Hotel, Belfast.

Novosco co-founder and Strategic Advisor Patrick McAliskey said: “Congratulations to all of this year’s participants, and in particular to Scrabo Striders for securing rank among this year’s top competitors across both the individual rankings and club leaderboards.

“The competitive spirit demonstrated throughout is testament to the calibre of athletics in Northern Ireland and we’re very pleased to continue our support for the series in 2020 which will be rebranded as the CANCOM 10k Grand Prix.”

Series organiser Glenn Grant said: “The Novosco 10k Grand Prix has experienced a huge surge in popularity, with 1,050 runners registered to participate in 2019. Refreshing the series every year, we’ve continued to boost prize values to reward athleticism and encourage new entrants to step forward, and we’ve increased the number of fixtures taking place across NI, which currently stands at 18.”

A not-for-profit competition, the Novosco 10k Grand Prix is a series of 10-kilometre running races staged throughout Northern Ireland with a £9,000 prize fund divided among the top runners and clubs.

It is supported by managed services IT firm Novosco, a CANCOM company, and organised by Glenn Grant, owner of electronic timing chip company ChampionChip Ireland, in partnership with Athletics NI, Running NI and Forestside.

For more information about the 2019 series, including a full list of each runner’s final standing, visit



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