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SPAR Craic 10k – 2020

March 17

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All entries non deferrable and non refundable

The 6TH annual SPAR Craic 10K will be taking place in Belfast on St Patrick’s Day, Tuesday 17th March 2020. The SPAR Craic 10K will see almost 2000 runners take to the street of the city on the morning of March 17 in what has been described as Belfast’s first urban run. The race will leave City Hall at 9am.

Organisers of the cross-community event hope as many families as possible take part, beginning their St Patrick’s Day celebrations in a healthy and worthy way, before joining the civic celebrations in the city centre afterwards. Every registered runner in the SPAR Craic 10K will also be helping the Marie Curie with a donation from every registration going to the charity.

All entrants will receive a ‘goodie’ bag and all finishers will receive a bespoke 2020 medal.

The March 17 date comes at a perfect time in the training schedule for those preparing for the 2020 Belfast City Marathon in May while it will provide a challenging step up in distance for Park runners.

The idea for a St Patrick’s Day run comes from other cities across the world who incorporate such an event into their annual celebrations.

The SPAR Craic 10K will allow the people of Belfast to celebrate St Patrick’s in a fun, healthy way before they enjoy the parade and party in Custom House Square. There is no better way to unite and build Belfast than by taking it to the streets.

Pricing Structure 2020:

· £15 until January 5th 2020 ENDED
· £18 until March 1st 2020
· £25 until March 17th 2020*

*Online registration will close on March 8th at midnight after that late registrations can be made by calling 028 90 611916.

Any runners aged 16 or under who wish to run must be accompanied by adult and a consent form should be sent to organisers by parents or guardian.

The event is being supported by SPAR NI and Athletics NI. Media partners are U105 and the Belfast Media Group.


Video From The Spar Craic 10k 2019




Shirley Mccalmont, Larne Athletic club:

“Well organised 1st time doing it an1st official 10k, Thnx for a great run”

Tony Barclay, Carrickfergus:

“ALWAYS a great event, superbly managed and presented. Love the new route! HUGE thank you to the marshals, tough running in the downpour, but standing still to support us was tougher. Massive thank you from my wife Emma Barclay, who completed her first 10k road race yesterday. See you again next year!”

Geraldine Burke, Claudy Co. Derry:

First time doing the Spar Craic 10k, great course and volunteers did a great job. Thanks”

Brian Todd, Orangegrove AC East Belfast:

Enjoyed the route if not the weather. Volunteer marshals super. Well organized and presented event which gave us the run of the town for an hour or so! Thank you!”

Maire Kelly, Galway:

“Thanks to the amazing marshals who had to endure tough weather conditions!! Great way for the runners to start the day but it was tough in the driving rain!!”

John Callaghan, Civil Service Athletics Club: 

“Great run today!!!! Chilly and a bit wet but it was good Craic! Thanks to all the organisers and volunteers for a great start to St. Patrick’s Day!”

Colin Haddick, Belfast:

“ I just want to thank you and everyone else who was involved in organising the very successful run last Sunday morning. My heart sank when running along May Street looking up to the hills ahead of me realising that they were shrouded in cloud and rain and that we were all going to have to run into it. Who could have predicted such heavy rain? The event was very well organised and marshalled. Everyone I spoke to seemed to enjoy the event. Let’s hope next year the sun will shine.”

Anshuman Shinde, Belfast: 

“Thanks for organising the race it was amazing. Even the rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of the runners and volunteers. This was my first race ever, I had a great experience and enjoyed it.”

Scot Knight, Carryduff – Scrabo Striders club: 

“Once again a great run – 5th year and counting. Like the change in the finish guys. See you next year.”

Stephen Carson, Whiteabbey: 

“This was my first 10K in almost 10 years! The course was excellent and I really appreciated all the friendly volunteers. Thanks again”

Claire Cowden, Magherafelt: 

“Congratulations on an excellent run, very well organised. It was my first 10k race and I loved it!”

Juan Antonio Jimeno Pérez, Segovia (Spain): 

“Yesterday I run the Spar Craic race. My congratullations. It was really nice and well organized.”

Michael Barrett, Dublin:  

“Just to say a thank you for all on the Spar 10k. I enjoyed it more this year, the Ormeau Park was a better place to finish. Always nice to visit Belfast, Hope to be there next year.”


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