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PERFECT DECEMBER WEATHER WELCOMES RECORD PARTICIPATION

Perfect weather greeted the record number of athletes registered for Birkirkara St. Joseph Sports Club flagship race the Fleur-de-Lys 5k and 10k Road Races.

A combination of 350 athletes, were on the start line of the increasingly popular 5k and 10k Races which closed off the 2017 season for the Birkirkara Club.

10k Race

Nearly two hundred athletes were on the start line for this race, which saw them run two loops of the course. Hot favourites were Charlton Debono and Andrew Grech as well as fairly recent addition to the road running races fold Shifa Mohammed Nuradin.

As the race got underway, it was evident that these there were the ones to beat, with Debono and Nuradin working towards the top placing, racing abreast for quite a good distance on the route. What has become a characteristic of Debono, a final sprint to the finish saw him ward off Nuradin’s attempt to claim first place and to win the race in a time of 32 minutes 27 seconds.

Nuradin crossed the finish line eleven seconds later. Andrew Grech, who improved on his time from last year by five seconds, claimed the third place on the podium with a time of 33 minutes 3 seconds.

In the females’ category, Josann Attard Pulis delivered a strong run and kept a comfortable lead throughout the course to win in a time of 39 minutes 35 seconds. Catherine Chetcuti, clocked in second place in 42 minutes 24 seconds and was followed by Karen Amato in a time of 43 minutes 38 seconds.

5k Race

A well-attended race, top podium placings for the Males categories were taken up by Bernard Kibet Too (16minutes 17seconds), following two seconds later was Joseph Azzopardi and in third place Matthew Cutajar (16minutes 36seconds).

The females’ podium was made up of veteran athlete Monalisa Camilleri (18minutes 28seconds), followed by Paula Grech (18minutes 58seconds) and completed by Celine Pace (19 minutes 50 seconds).

A Prize Giving ceremony took place immediately after the race and was presided over by Mr. Joseph Cassar, Secretary General of the Maltese Olympic Committee.

Following the presentation, the Club presented a cheque to Mrs. Esther Sant, Chairperson of the Action for Breast Cancer Foundation which was the Club’s chosen charity for 2017.

“It is very satisfying for the Club to close off a successful season with such a record participation. Our races have shown a steady increase in participation which shows that the efforts put into the athletes’ race experience are reaping results” remarked Euchar Camilleri, Secretary General, Birkirkara St. Joseph Sports Club. “Apart from a full racing calendar, the Club has also provided technical assistance in a number of other racing events on the island such as University Road Races, Ocean Lava Malta 113k Triathlon and the Malta Employees Sports Association. We have already started planning for 2018 and promise to continue working hard towards continuously improving our races”.
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