Girls, get on your marks for Belfast Telegraph's Runher challenge
Ladies, get your trainers on – Belfast Telegraph's Runher is back.
It's time to get training for the return of the female-only Coastal Challenge which is to be held Seapark in Holywood, Co Down, on Friday, May 24.
Whether you're a novice or a seasoned runner, we're urging runners to sign up for the 10K event which attracts all ages and abilities.
Among those already in training is Young Apprentice finalist Maria Doran who will be taking part for the first time.
The bubbly Belfast schoolgirl will be joined on the starting line by seasoned Runher participants, rower Kate Richardson and Miss Northern Ireland Tiffany Brien.
Maria said: "I'm really excited to be taking part and I'll be encouraging all my friends to join me.
"I'll also champion Runher on Twitter and of course will tweet about how my training is progressing over the next couple of months. I think Runher is a fantastic idea to help girls improve their fitness.
"I know it will be a challenge but I'm very much looking forward to it and I'm positive it will be worth it in the end."
Portadown woman Kate Richardson, who is the Belfast Telegraph's Woman of the Year, thoroughly enjoyed last year's inaugural event.
"There was an amazing atmosphere and the fact that it was so varied made it a really brilliant experience," she said.
"Runher offers a tremendous opportunity for women to look after their health and fitness."
Miss Northern Ireland and champion sailor Tiffany Brien agrees.
"The 10K course was a fantastic route, very different and of course the weather was glorious that evening," she said. "I'm really looking forward to this May and hopefully the sun will shine again."
Organiser and race director Michael Jenkins, from Pure Running in Belfast, introduced the coastal route challenge last year and it drew entries from women of all ages and abilities.
You can run jog, power walk, or take a leisurely stroll along the 10k course which hugs the shoreline from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Country Park.
The 2013 programme is backed by Sport Northern Ireland, North Down Borough Council, Pure Running, Premier Inn, Belfast City Council and Cool FM.
For more information visit www.runher.co.uk.
How to sign up
Initiated in 2007, Belfast Telegraph Runher is Northern Ireland's largest female-only running event.
Online entry for the 10k Coastal Challenge on May 24 is now open. Entry costs £15 until the end of March. From April 1 the sign-up fee will be £18.
Online registration has now closed but people can register in person at the Pure Running store (60-62 Wellington Place) up until Thursday 23 May at 7pm or on the day of the race Friday 24 May at Seapark between 2-6pm.
Participants can collect their packs from the Pure Running Shop (60-62 Wellington Place) on Wednesday 22 (9.30 – 6pm), Thursday 23 (9.30 – 7pm) and on Friday 24 at Seapark between 2-5pm.
On the day of the event access to Seapark will be severely limited with it only being open to residents and officials after 5pm. Therefore participants are advised to take public transport were possible or to organize lifts. Alternatively there is the option of parking in Holywood and walking to Seapark. At the race finish there will be a shuttlebus to bring people back from Crawsfordsburn to the starting point and it will run from 8-10pm.
Check out up to date event details visit www.runher.co.uk.