THE festive season has come and gone, so now many of you are trying to keep the New Year New You healthier lifestyle.

Well, do just that and get fit by setting your target for St. Patrick’s Day 2017 where you will join over 1,300 runners taking part in this year’s 3rd Annual SPAR Craic 10k.

Last year’s race was won by Andrew Annett who completed the course in 32:56.  Theresa Duffy was the first female over the line with an impressive time of 38:44.  With the emphasis of this event being fun, we will also attract many new competitive runners this year as we’re now part of the Novosco 10K Grand Prix Series.  All in all it is fast-becoming a traditional start to St Patrick’s Day festivities across the city.

Title sponsor SPAR are delighted to be supporting the event for the third year running. Bronagh Luke, Head of Corporate Marketing at Henderson Group, owners of the SPAR franchise in Northern Ireland commented on the partnership: “We are delighted for SPAR to be supporting this exciting urban 10K run in Belfast City Centre. The community really embraced the positive and energetic spirit of the SPAR Craic 10K last year and we are confident that 2017 will bring even more runners and get fit enthusiasts out onto the streets of Belfast to get involved in this unique event.

“SPAR stores throughout Northern Ireland supply a wide range of fresh healthy locally sourced produce, perfect for participants who are in training and want to prepare well-balanced healthy meals. We are proud to be associated with this vibrant event and would like to encourage as many people to take part and stay active.”

Following on from last year’s SPAR Craic 10K, organisers are planning an even more successful event with March 17 once again marked as a special date in the diary.

The route is the same to last year with all four corners of the city due to be covered with runners leaving from outside City Hall at 9am, proceeding up Divis Street and the Falls Road before turning down Broadway and heading back into the city centre via the Westlink.

The route will then pass through the Cathedral Quarter and cross over the Lagan via the Lagan Walkway Bridge before finishing on the Titanic Slipways.  The route is flat and very enjoyable for both the beginner runners who are clocking up experience and mileage in the local park runs and for the competitive runners who are hoping to catch their next PB.

O’Neill’s have also maintained their link with this popular event as they will once again be providing a goodie bag that will include a Poly Micro branded t-shirt while each entrant will receive a newly designed medal at the finishing line.

Organisers of the cross-community event hope as many runners as possible take part, beginning their St Patrick’s Day celebrations in a healthy and worthy way, before joining the civic celebrations with their family in the city centre afterwards.

This year, the charity partner is Marie Curie, meaning those taking part will not only be doing something that will benefit their own health, but will be helping a very worthy cause with £2 from every registration going to Marie Curie.

You can register now online at www.aisling-events.com £18.00 for Unregistered Athletes.  Running teams are also welcome to sign up at £150 per team of ten.

Registrations are welcome at the Belfast Media Group kiosk in the Kennedy Centre and the North Belfast News Office in Cityside at a discounted rate of £15 up until February 24th,2017.

For more information visit www.aisling-events.com or see the SPAR Craic 10K Facebook page or Twitter account @SPARcraic10k.