Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Ladies are tickled pink as over 1,100 turn out for the RunHer Coastal Challenge

The route from Holywood to Crawfordsburn was a sea of pink as hundreds of runners took part in the Belfast Telegraph RunHer 10k coastal challenge
The route from Holywood to Crawfordsburn was a sea of pink as hundreds of runners took part in the Belfast Telegraph RunHer 10k coastal challenge
The route from Holywood to Crawfordsburn was a sea of pink as hundreds of runners took part in the Belfast Telegraph RunHer 10k coastal challenge
The route from Holywood to Crawfordsburn was a sea of pink as hundreds of runners took part in the Belfast Telegraph RunHer 10k coastal challenge
The route from Holywood to Crawfordsburn was a sea of pink as hundreds of runners took part in the Belfast Telegraph RunHer 10k coastal challenge
The route from Holywood to Crawfordsburn was a sea of pink as hundreds of runners took part in the Belfast Telegraph RunHer 10k coastal challenge

There might not have been much glorious sunshine along the coast of Co Down last night but that didn't dampen spirits on this year's Belfast Telegraph RunHer Coastal 10K.

The all-female event was as popular as ever with crowds of women pounding the path – in fact well over 1,100 finished the event.

The winner of this year's RunHer Coastal 10K was 32-year-old physiotherapist Patricia O'Hagan who ran just seven months after the birth of her first baby.

She was closely followed by RunHer regular Cathy McCourt, a personal trainer, then Judith Lonnen, a solicitor, both from Belfast.

Patricia O'Hagan said: "I really didn't think I would win – I never have before.

"I'm just getting back into training after having my first child.

"I've taken part in RunHer before but I've never run.

"There's a lovely atmosphere with all of these women around."

There was a brisk breeze and smatterings of rain as the runners set off from Seapark in Holywood.

Patron of the event, gold medal-winning Olympian Mary Peters started the race as usual, accompanied by fellow Winter Games athletes Kelly Gallagher and Aimee Fuller. Aimee went on to run the course while Mary and Kelly followed at a walk.

As both the evening and the race continued, conditions improved and the threatened rain failed to materialise, and everyone crossed the line with a smile on their face.

There was a festive atmosphere at the finish line as friends and families of the runners gathered to show their support.

As well as the usual bouncy castle and ice-cream van, this year tunes were provided at the Crawfordsburn Country Park pavilion by singer-sonngwriter Amanda Agnew.

A barbecue was doing a roaring trade with queues of hungry women and spectators stretching across the field.

Runners were told of a new RunHer event that will take place at Carnfunnock Country Park in Larne on June 25.

This will be a pop-up run of either 5K or 10K.

Early bird entry of just £12 is available to the first 100 women to register before June 20.

This will be first in a series of RunHer events that will take place around Northern Ireland in the coming months with further announcements to follow.

In Pictures: Runher 2014 sees Dame Mary Peters and Kelly Gallagher lead hundreds at Coastal 10K 

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