Over 20 Olympians confirmed for Antrim Coast Half Marathon 2020
It’s on! The re-scheduled P&O Ferries Antrim Coast Half Marathon 2020 will go ahead as planned on Saturday, September 12 beginning at 10am for the elite race.
The race committee were delighted to confirm that the international event will take place with stringent hygiene criteria put in place by the committee in line with both Run Britain and Athletics Northern Ireland’s event guidance.
The elite race will see the cream of British and Irish distance running descend on the Antrim Coast Road with what promises to be one of, if not the best, Half Marathon races in Europe this year.
The new course route which has been fully verified by AIMS, is touted to be one of the fastest anywhere in Europe, with one of the most iconic finishes to any road race, in sweeping off the Antrim Coast Road and finishing at the Chaine Memorial Tower.
Race Director William Thompson has constructed both the elite entry and the fast course with the aim of putting on the fastest Half marathon ever to take place in the island of Ireland.
The current Irish all -comers records stand at 62.29 for men posted in Tralee by legendary Irish distance man Jerry Kiernan way back in 1982, with Maria McCambridge holding the women’s all comers record of 72.26, which she ran more recently in Charleville in 2014.
The Antrim Coast half marathon will have the finest men’s and women’s fields ever assembled, to take to a start line in the island of Ireland.
The main event will be started in waves of 30 starting by time zones.
Currently boasting over 20 Olympians, some of the confirmed headline runners from the race include Jo Pavey, Aly Dixon, Nick McCormick and Ben Connor.
Gemma Steel - The quickest female in the race at 68.13 Gemma Steel is a former European Champion and World Half marathon 7th placer
Jo Pavey – One of the greatest ever British distance runners, Jo will be aiming for her 6th Olympic Games in Tokyo next year and is a former World, European and Commonwealth medallist. Currently 2nd fastest in the race with a Half-marathon time of 68.53
Lily Partridge – The current British champion and winner of this year’s Big Half Marathon in London 2020
Aly Dixon – Current 50km World Champion and World Record holder
Sam Harrison – Current British No.2 and 2nd in the Big Half Marathon in London 2020
Ann- Marie McGlynn - Current Irish International & Northern Ireland all comers record holder
Jip Vastenburg - Dutch International and former European U23 10,000m champion & current 4th place at the European championships
Charlotte Taylor – Greene – England International and winner of both the Windsor Half - marathon and 10km in 2019 and 1 day apart
Clara Evans –Welsh International running 72.29 at the Barcelona Half Marathon in 2020, and 7th at the Big Half in London 2020
Holly Archer – The current GB 1500m champion moves up to the longer distance, already having run a 55.32 over 10 miles
Team Scotland – including Fiona Brian, Avril Mason, Claire Bruce
Gladys Ganiel & Jessica Craig – will be representing the local NI interest in the race
With several stars still to be confirmed, the men’s elite race will be without doubt the strongest ever assembled in Ireland, already including 3 men under 62 minutes and 10 men 63 minutes or better. Headliners include:
Ben Connor – British International and fastest man in the race in 61.11. Winner of the Murcia Half marathon 2020 and 8th in the Barcelona Half Marathon 2020 in a time of 61.34. Previous winner of Manchester Half Marathon in 2019. Winner of Armagh 5km International Road race 2017
Scott Overall - One of Britain’s most decorated marathon runners with a pb of 2.10 and 4th in the Berlin marathon. Scott starts as current second fastest with a Half marathon pb of 61.25
Dewi Griffiths - British International with a PB of 61.33 when finishing 4th in the Cardiff Half Marathon and 2.09.54 finishing top European at the Frankfurt marathon.
Nick McCormick – London Olympian and 3.52 min miler in the Oslo Dream Mile, Nick lines up at the Antrim Coast half in preparation for the Athens marathon in November. Half Marathon PB 62.44
Marc Scott – Oregon based British international and current European 5K Indoor Record holder breaking Mo Farah’s previous mark with a time of 13:08. He arrives as one of the favourites with a recent 6 second pb in the 1500m. With a 27min 56 sec 10,000metres time Marc is expecting his first sub 63 min outing at the Antrim Coast Half marathon.
Frank Baddick – Fresh from a PB of 63.54 in the Barcelona Half this year and 11th in the Vitality Big Half 2020, Frank will also be looking to go under 63 minutes for the first time
Kevin Seaward – The Belfast native and one of the firm local favourites is 2nd on the Irish all - time list for the marathon. He placed 4th in the last Commonwealth Games and is the current Northern Ireland record holder. Kev heads an Irish contingent that will see four Irish Olympians going head to head
Stephen Scullion – Another local favourite, Stephen an Irish International and Belfast native has previously finished 2nd in the Dublin marathon and 5th in the 2019 Houston marathon in an Olympic qualifying standard of 2.11.52
Hugh Armstrong – The Mayo native and Irish International is still only 26 and has already recorded 2.12.26 this year in Seville and will be expected to threaten his Half -marathon PB of 64.29 set last year in Charleville
Mick Clohisey - Another Irish Olympian from Rio 2016, Mick has previously won the Vienna Half marathon and finished 22nd at the World Championships in 2017
John Travers- The Irish international is moving up from the middle distance events and is the first ever Irishman to run a sub 4 minute mile indoors in Ireland. 3.55 miler.
Josh Griffiths – Already having run 63:33 in Barcelona earlier in the year, the GB International will be looking to one of several runners pushing Jerry Kiernan’s all-comers record of 62.29
Tommy Hughes- Tommy, one of Ireland’s all-time distance running legends, a Barcelona Irish Olympian is the oldest in the elite field and will be targeting a double world record with the Vets over 60 and fastest father & son half marathon both up for grabs
Gary O Hanlon – Another Irish distance running legend, former Irish marathon champion, with a time of 67.00 for the half marathon Gary will be focusing on the Irish Vets +45 record of 67.22
Tom Evans – The British Cross country International equally at home in the Ultra distances or Cross -country and roads. Hailed as the toughest race in the world, Tom finished 3rd in the 2017 Marathon des Sables
Adam Craig – The talented Steve Vernon coached athlete, has a 28.20 10km on the road and is expecting to go under 64 minutes for the first time at the Antrim Coast Half marathon.
Josh Grace – England International and looking to go under 64 minutes for the first time.
The race committee would like to thank their headline sponsor P&O ferries, Port of Larne, Caterpillar, Cairndhu Golf Club,The Curran Court, Spar Ballygally, Mid & East Antrim Council and Gordon Lyons MLA for their unwavering support in putting together what hopefully will be the safest and fastest Half Marathon in Ireland and Britain this year.
Further updates will be released in the lead up to the event on the race website and the full hygiene guidance can be found on the website and will be sent to all participants well in advance of the event on September 12 http://antrimcoasthalfmarathon.com