The Eurosport Birkirkara St. Joseph Fleur-De-Lys Races closed of a successful 2018 season of races for Birkirkara St. Joseph Sports Club. A Republic Day tradition, the 5k and 10k routes attracted a good mix of athletes.
Kicking off first with a 5 minute headstart, the race was dominated by Dillon Cassar and Monalisa Camilleri. Cassar a relative newcomer to the sport has been making a name for himself whilst Camilleri has a successful track background to her name. Cassar was followed by Dario Mangion and Mark Herrera whilst Camilleri was followed by Rachel Borg and Margaret Seguna.
From the onset, Andrew Douglas took a strong lead, striding ahead favourite to win the race Andrew Grech. Nevertheless Grech remained hot on Douglas’ heels to be the first Maltese to cross the finish line after Douglas. Grech was followed by James Sciriha, who took his first podium placing in this race. In the females category, Roberta Schembri took a comfortable lead. In second place was Joelle Cortis whilst third on the podium was Carmen Vella.
“This year’s race is no different from previous years’ races, in that this is a sell out race. The weather has also been good to us with very favourable racing conditions on the day” enthused Euchar Camilleri, Race Director and Secretary General, Birkirkara St. Joseph Sports Club.
Race Prize Giving was held immediately after in the presence of Mr. Johan Mifsud, Sports Events Co-Ordinator, Eurosport Malta who presented trophies and prizes to the winners of the 5k Race, whilst Mr. Andre Grech, Deputy Mayor of Balzan and representing the Local Councils Central Region presented prizes to the winners of the 10k Race.
Photos by Roberto Runza