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Melissa's mission: Get on your marks for Runher event

With nine weeks to go before the next Belfast Telegraph Runher, our official trainer has devised a brilliant fitness programme everyone can follow. Meet some of the readers who have taken up her challenge.

By Stephanie Bell

Published 31/07/2015

Race ready: Runher trainer Melissa Eccles in action
Race ready: Runher trainer Melissa Eccles in action
Race ready: Runher trainer Melissa Eccles is joined by runners (from left) Angela Dunlop, Rebecca Tester, Sally Anderson and Beth Allen at the Titanic Building in Belfast
Jumping ship: Rebecca Tester, Sally Anderson , Melissa Eccles, Beth Allen and Angela Dunlop
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Growing up in a family immersed in sailing and golf, Melissa Eccles surprised everyone by developing a passion for running.

Not only does she run for a hobby but has managed to combine her favourite pastime with her job in sports marketing, so that she now rides on the crest of her own wave.

And as the official trainer for the next Belfast Telegraph Runher at Titanic on October 5, Melissa will be using her expertise and experience to help readers to prepare for our next big event with a specially devised nine-week training programme aimed at women of all abilities.

A group of nine women who plan to take part in Runher have signed up to complete the programme alongside Melissa and others will be able to follow it online on the Runher section of the Belfast Telegraph website where Melissa will also be answering any queries you might have.

Runher celebrates women - bringing ladies together, regardless of age or ability, to enjoy a sense of achievement and to create a special event that is all about them.

And if you haven't yet discovered the thrill of crossing the finishing line or the joy of simply being part of this all-women event then Melissa hopes to make it easy for you to sign up and enjoy.

As well as complete beginners, she will also help more experienced runners who want to increase their fitness levels and move from running the 5km up to the full 10km.

The 24-year-old from Holywood runs her own business specialising in sports marketing and is a qualified personal trainer.

She also works with a triathlon coach, running a state-of-the-art underwater treadmill facility - Hydro Run.

This is a world-class piece of equipment which helps top athletes improve their performance, as well as people who cannot run on land because of physical disabilities or other medical conditions.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Runners take part in the event.
Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Runners take part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Runners take part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Micheala Parizkova and Angela Lynch from Antrim Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Runners take part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Runners take part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Wendy Bennett takes part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Runners take part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Runners take part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Runners take part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Runners take part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Runners take part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Donna Woods takes part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Runners take part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Runners take part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Lynne Watterson takes part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Claire Bell takes part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Diane Donnell takes part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Kerry Alderdice takes part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Runners take part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Karen Hewitt takes part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Elizabeth Ferguson takes part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Elizabeth Ferguson takes part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Margaret Kerr takes part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Runners take part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. The 5k runners cross the finish line.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. Left to right. Tanya Reynolds and Nicola Irvine from Bangor and Ards running the 5k.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. Left to right. 10k winners second Maeve Lavery , first Cathy McCourt and third Denise Logue.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. 10k runners come over the finish line at Crawfordsburn.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. 10k runners come over the finish line at Crawfordsburn.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. 10k runners come over the finish line at Crawfordsburn.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. 10k runners come over the finish line at Crawfordsburn.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. 10k runners come over the finish line at Crawfordsburn.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. 10k runners come over the finish line at Crawfordsburn.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. Left to right. 10k winners third Denise Logue, first Cathy McCourt and second Maeve Lavery.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. 10k third Denise Logue
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. 10k second Maeve Lavery.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. 10k runners come over the finish line at Crawfordsburn.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. 10k runners come over the finish line at Crawfordsburn.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. 10k runners come over the finish line at Crawfordsburn.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. 10k runners come over the finish line at Crawfordsburn.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. 10k second Maeve Lavery.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. The 5k warm up at the starting line at Lockport School.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. Left to right. 10k winners third Denise Logue, first Cathy McCourt and second Maeve Lavery.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. The 5k runners cross the finish line at Crawfordsburn
RunHer - Holywood to Crawfordsburn 10k - 22 May 2015 Cathy Mc Court, 1, winner of the 10k RunHer. Presseye Declan Roughan
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Kelly Courtney, Wendy Graham, Sylvia Ringer and Laura Lee Scott from Ballymena Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Kelly Courtney, Wendy Graham, Sylvia Ringer and Laura Lee Scott from Ballymena Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Runners take part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Kerry Stranaghan and Simone Kirk from Bangor take part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Stephanie Smyth and Karen Dempster from Comber take part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Anna Clugston and Tara Thompson from Hillsborough take part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Kernan Running Club from Portadown Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Niamh McKeague takes part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Becki Tester takes part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Runners take part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Runners take part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Runners take part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Runners take part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Lynzi Kinnear takes part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Runners take part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Runners take part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Nicole Brown takes part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Fitness Freddie takes part in the warm up Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Runners take part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Lorraine Whiteway takes part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Louise McLarnon takes part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Denise Campbell takes part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Runners take part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Carol Downey takes part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Laura Dickson takes part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Rosemary Watson takes part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Runners take part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Jennie Cross takes part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Runners take part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Caroline Scott takes part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Emily McDaid takes part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Susan McQuillan, Joanne Bassett, Lisa Pearson and Sharon Bridge from Lisburn take part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Debbie Sheridan and Lynsey Cairns from Bangor take part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Kerry Stranaghan and Simone Kirk from Bangor take part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Runners take part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Runners take part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Emma Vaun and Lyndsay Mairs from Lisburn take part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Grainne Crabtree, Emma McGinley and Michelle McGinley Derry take part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Paula Hilman and Anne Cooke from Belfast take part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge East Coast Athletic Club take part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th April 2015 - Feature for Runher L-R: Mairead Tennyson, Caroline O?Hagan and Bronagh McAfee pictured at Seapark. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th April 2015 - Feature for Runher Caroline O??Hagan pictured at Seapark. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. The 5k starts at Lockport School
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. The 5k starts at Lockport School
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. The 5k starts at Lockport School
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. The 5k runners cross the finish line at Crawfordsburn
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. The 5k runners cross the finish line at Crawfordsburn
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. The 5k runners cross the finish line at Crawfordsburn
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. The 5k runners cross the finish line at Crawfordsburn
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. The 5k starts at Lockport School
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. The 5k runners cross the finish line.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. The 5k starts at Lockport School
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. The 5k warm up at the starting line at Lockport School.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. The 5k warm up at the starting line at Lockport School.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. The 5k starts at Lockport School
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. The 5k starts at Lockport School
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. The 5k starts at Lockport School
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. The 5k starts at Lockport School
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. The 5k warm up at the starting line at Lockport School.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. The 5k starts at Lockport School
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. Left to right. Claire Galloway and Kerry McGrillen Belfast running the 5K.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. Left to right. Dawn Matchett, Alison Matchett, Laura Matchett and Sharon Bremmer from Dundonald and Hollywood running the 5K .
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. Left to right. Eimear McCooey, Janine Ramsey and Natasha Moroney running the 5k.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. Left to right. Ards and Kircubbin Dental Practice running the 5K for Alzheimer's Society.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. Left to right. Anne Dawson and Emma McArdle from belfast and Armagh running the 5k for Cancer Focus.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. Left to right. Leanne Gouck and Ashleigh Clark from Belfast running the 5K for Marie Currie in memory of Dean Cauldley
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. Left to right. Alison Nixon and Gail Richards from Belfast and Hollywood running the 5K for NSPCC NI and Alzheimer's.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. 10k runners come over the finish line at Crawfordsburn. left to right. Sharon Kennedy and Fiona Torrens from Portrush
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. Left to right. 10k winner Cathy McCourt.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. Left to right. 10k winner Cathy McCourt.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. Left to right. 10k winners second Maeve Lavery , first Cathy McCourt and third Denise Logue.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. 10k runners come over the finish line at Crawfordsburn. Kelly Courtney from Ballymena Runners with her Alastair
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. Left to right. 10k winners second Maeve Lavery , first Cathy McCourt and third Denise Logue.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. 10k runners come over the finish line at Crawfordsburn. Thamra ayton from Bangor
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. 10k runners come over the finish line at Crawfordsburn. Emma Morgan from Portaferry
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. 10k runners come over the finish line at Crawfordsburn. Emma Morgan from Portaferry
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. 10k runners come over the finish line at Crawfordsburn. Diane McCaughan from Bangor
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. 10k runners come over the finish line at Crawfordsburn. Julie Balmer.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. 10k runners come over the finish line at Crawfordsburn.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. 10k runners come over the finish line at Crawfordsburn.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. 10k runners come over the finish line at Crawfordsburn.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. 10k runners come over the finish line at Crawfordsburn.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. 10k runners come over the finish line at Crawfordsburn.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. 10k runners come over the finish line at Crawfordsburn.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. 10k runners come over the finish line at Crawfordsburn.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. 10k runners come over the finish line at Crawfordsburn.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. 10k runners come over the finish line at Crawfordsburn.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. 10k runners come over the finish line at Crawfordsburn.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. 10k runners come over the finish line at Crawfordsburn.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. 10k runners come over the finish line at Crawfordsburn.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. 10k runners come over the finish line at Crawfordsburn.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. 10k runners come over the finish line at Crawfordsburn.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. 10k runners come over the finish line at Crawfordsburn.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. Paula Simpson from Bangor running the 5K.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. Left to right. Claire Maguire, Lisa Taylor, Rosie Jackson and Sonia Miller from Belfast running the 5K.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. Left to right. Judith Pollock, Jo Bryson, Kelly Hargie and Nadine Smith from Ballyclare running the 5k
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. The 5k warm up at the starting line at Lockport School.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. The 5k warm up at the starting line at Lockport School.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. The 5k warm up at the starting line at Lockport School.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. The 5k warm up at the starting line at Lockport School.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. Left to right. Caroline Aughey and Clare Geier from Belfast running the 5K.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. The 5k warm up at the starting line at Lockport School.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. The 5k runners cross the finish line at Crawfordsburn
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. The 5k runners cross the finish line at Crawfordsburn
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. The 5k runners cross the finish line at Crawfordsburn
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. 10k winner Cathy McCourt.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. 10k winner Cathy McCourt.
RunHer - Holywood to Crawfordsburn 10k - 22 May 2015 Presseye Declan Roughan
RunHer - Holywood to Crawfordsburn 10k - 22 May 2015 Presseye Declan Roughan
RunHer - Holywood to Crawfordsburn 10k - 22 May 2015 Presseye Declan Roughan
RunHer - Holywood to Crawfordsburn 10k - 22 May 2015 Cathy Mc Court, 1, winner of the 10k RunHer. Presseye Declan Roughan
RunHer - Holywood to Crawfordsburn 10k - 22 May 2015 Presseye Declan Roughan
RunHer - Holywood to Crawfordsburn 10k - 22 May 2015 Presseye Declan Roughan
RunHer - Holywood to Crawfordsburn 10k - 22 May 2015 Presseye Declan Roughan
RunHer - Holywood to Crawfordsburn 10k - 22 May 2015 Presseye Declan Roughan
RunHer - Holywood to Crawfordsburn 10k - 22 May 2015 Presseye Declan Roughan
RunHer - Holywood to Crawfordsburn 10k - 22 May 2015 Presseye Declan Roughan
RunHer - Holywood to Crawfordsburn 10k - 22 May 2015 Presseye Declan Roughan
RunHer - Holywood to Crawfordsburn 10k - 22 May 2015 Presseye Declan Roughan
RunHer - Holywood to Crawfordsburn 10k - 22 May 2015
RunHer - Holywood to Crawfordsburn 10k - 22 May 2015 Presseye Declan Roughan
RunHer - Holywood to Crawfordsburn 10k - 22 May 2015 Cathy Mc Court, 1, winner of the 10k RunHer with a new course record of 36.20 Presseye Declan Roughan
RunHer - Holywood to Crawfordsburn 10k - 22 May 2015 Cathy Mc Court, 1, winner of the 10k RunHer with a new course record of 36.20 Presseye Declan Roughan
RunHer - Holywood to Crawfordsburn 10k - 22 May 2015 Cathy Mc Court, 1, winner of the 10k RunHer. Presseye Declan Roughan
RunHer - Holywood to Crawfordsburn 10k - 22 May 2015 Cathy Mc Court, 1, winner of the 10k RunHer. Presseye Declan Roughan
RunHer - Holywood to Crawfordsburn 10k - 22 May 2015 Cathy Mc Court, 1, winner of the 10k RunHer. Presseye Declan Roughan
RunHer - Holywood to Crawfordsburn 10k - 22 May 2015 Cathy Mc Court, 1, winner of the 10k RunHer. Presseye Declan Roughan
RunHer - Holywood to Crawfordsburn 10k - 22 May 2015 Cathy Mc Court, 1, winner of the 10k RunHer. Presseye Declan Roughan
RunHer - Holywood to Crawfordsburn 10k - 22 May 2015 Cathy Mc Court, 1, winner of the 10k RunHer. Presseye Declan Roughan
RunHer - Holywood to Crawfordsburn 10k - 22 May 2015 Cathy Mc Court, 1, winner of the 10k RunHer. Presseye Declan Roughan
RunHer - Holywood to Crawfordsburn 10k - 22 May 2015 Cathy Mc Court, 1, winner of the 10k RunHer. Presseye Declan Roughan
RunHer - Holywood to Crawfordsburn 10k - 22 May 2015 Cathy Mc Court, 1, winner of the 10k RunHer. Presseye Declan Roughan
RunHer - Holywood to Crawfordsburn 10k - 22 May 2015 Cathy Mc Court, 1, winner of the 10k RunHer. Presseye Declan Roughan
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. Left to right. 5k runners Maressa Anthony and Gillian Noble
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. 5k winners. Left to right. Kerry McGrillen in second, Jodi Smith in first with her daughter Coco(3) and Asia Wisco in third.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. The 5k runners cross the finish line at Crawfordsburn
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22nd May 2015 Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. The 5k runners cross the finish line at Crawfordsburn
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Ballymena runners take part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Runners take part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Valerie Blayney takes part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Julie Balmer takes part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Angela Gemmell takes part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Claire Ferguson takes part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 22 May 2015 Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge Runners take part in the event. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Runners take part in the Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. 22 May 2015. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge. 22 May 2015.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th April 2015 - Feature for Runher Caroline O’Hagan pictured at Seapark. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th April 2015 - Feature for Runher Caroline O’Hagan pictured at Seapark. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th April 2015 - Feature for Runher Caroline O’Hagan pictured at Seapark. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Making their Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge debut is Lisa Duffy pictured with her mum Jeanette and sisters Tanya, Aisling and Roisin. This years event takes place on Friday 22nd May and features a brand new 5K route in addition to the annual 10K event which starts in Seapark, Holywood and finishes at Crawfordsburn. For details check out www.runher.co.uk of follow on twitter @runherofficial and on facebook.
Making their Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge debut is Lisa Duffy pictured with her mum Jeanette and sisters Tanya, Aisling and Roisin. This years event takes place on Friday 22nd May and features a brand new 5K route in addition to the annual 10K event which starts in Seapark, Holywood and finishes at Crawfordsburn. For details check out www.runher.co.uk of follow on twitter @runherofficial and on facebook.
Belfast Telegraph Runher - Seapark to Crawfordsburn - 23rd May 2014 Presseye / Declan Roughan
Making their Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge debut is Lisa Duffy pictured with her mum Jeanette and sisters Tanya, Aisling and Roisin. This years event takes place on Friday 22nd May and features a brand new 5K route in addition to the annual 10K event which starts in Seapark, Holywood and finishes at Crawfordsburn. For details check out www.runher.co.uk of follow on twitter @runherofficial and on facebook.
8th May 2015 Presseye.com Runher Making their Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge debut is Lisa Duffy pictured with her mum Jeanette and sisters Tanya, Aisling and Roisin. This years event takes place on Friday 22nd May and features a brand new 5K route in addition to the annual 10K event which starts in Seapark, Holywood and finishes at Crawfordsburn. For details check out www.runher.co.uk of follow on twitter @runherofficial and on facebook.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th April 2015 - Feature for Runher L-R: Mairead Tennyson, Caroline O?Hagan and Bronagh McAfee pictured at Seapark. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

It was while studying marketing at the Ulster University, that Melissa took up running and since graduating she has worked hard to hone her skills as a runner and trainer and build a business combining all of her talents.

She says: "I have a passion for all things health, fitness and wellness.

"I started my own running journey in 2012, when I joined North Down Athletics Club and six months later ran 10km in 40 minutes - I couldn't believe it.

"I've dealt with quite a few injuries along the way, so I've learnt a lot about how important it is to train smart.

"I'm all about mixing it up and challenging yourself - I'm a member of Invictus Triathlon Club and completed my first triathlon at the start of the summer.

"I am really excited to lend my knowledge and experiences to help the ladies achieve their goals and make sure we have a lot of fun along the way."

Melissa is the middle child of three who grew up in Holywood with parents whose passions include golfing and sailing.

Both her parents play golf - mum Lynda (52), an audiolinguist and her dad David (53), a retired civil servant. Her dad is also a keen sailor. Her younger brother Carl (18) played golf for Ireland and she also has an older sister Karen (28) who runs the multi-award winning Comber restaurant The Old School House with her partner, celebrated local chef Will Brown. The couple recently had a son Harry who is five months old.

Melissa says: "No one in the family ever ran, so they all find it strange that I love it so much.

"Also, I was never into sport growing up.

"My parents are mad into golf and every Sunday it would be golfing talk in our house. My grandpa is also a past captain of Clandeboye Golf Club.

"It was only in my last year at uni that I took up running.

"I did the 10km at the Titanic in April 2012 in 46 minutes and got the bug. By November I was able to do it in 40 minutes.

"When I joined North Down Athletics club I got a real buzz from running with a group. I felt the group sessions really tied you together and helped me with my strides. Running kept me so focused and I was able to bring that over to my university studies."

She also took up cross-country running but an injury in her first year when she suffered a stress fracture on her shin stopped her in her tracks.

However, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise as it was through therapy for her injury that she met triathlon coach David Graham, who she has worked alongside ever since.

She says: "When I got the injury it was devastating but getting myself back to fitness has been a huge learning curve for me.

"I've learnt a lot from training as part of a group and I've found it's about training smart and not overdoing it - it's about quality not quantity.

"I now want to get back to my running strength and while I will be helping other women with the Runher programme it will also be helping me."

Melissa is self employed and together with David, who works at Active Health Solutions in Holywood, introduced the HydroRun which Melissa manages.

The underwater treadmill which allows people to run without adding an additional stress to their body usually has its first customer of the day at 6.30am. Melissa's day starts around 6am and can go on late into the evening, such is the joy of establishing her own business and working for herself, but she wouldn't have it any other way and feels very fortunate to have been given the chance.

Her afternoons are largely taken up by her role with Runher while her evenings are usually spent running or training. She has also launched her own online fitness fashion website aimed at women called Runway 36.

She is a determined young woman who thrives on a challenge and believes you need to work hard to get what you want out of life. Hers is a go-getting can-do attitude - perfect for the ethos of Runher which encourages everyone to get up and give it a go regardless of their levels of fitness.

She says: "I do feel sometimes that it is scary working for myself and when I am not getting days off and working late and always having to plan ahead. I do wonder sometimes would I have been better doing what my friends did and getting a nine to five job, but there is a great buzz as well.

"I am very lucky as I am getting to do what I love and combine my hobby with my work. My mum is a great support and encourages me to go for it."

Outside of running, Melissa enjoys health and wellbeing and spends a lot of her time at the Old School House, which her sister runs with Will.

She laughs: "I love eating healthy food and I am always having conversations about it with Will. I also love pilates and while I am into health I do like the odd glass of Prosecco."

She is single at present and enjoys hanging out with her friends, but detests nightclubs in favour of a quiet meal and a few glasses of her favourite sparkling tipple.

Having had to build up her own fitness again after her injury she feels in the perfect place to launch the Runher training programme and is eager and excited about getting started.

She says: "I think Runher is unmatched as an event. There is such an atmosphere and, while it is great for the women who come first, second and third, in some ways it is even more brilliant for those who cross the finishing line last. That's what is so special about it. It celebrates achievement at every level, it's all athletes, abilities and ages and is about bringing everyone together.

"I'm looking forward to helping the ladies in the training programme achieve their goals. It will be great for them to train with like-minded people while having fun and meeting new people. My aim is to help everyone to get to the finish line and celebrate their success together."

Rebecca Tester (25) is a substitute  primary school teacher from  Carrickfergus. She says:

I've been a supporter of Runher since May 2013 and have run every event since - including the pop-up event last year in Carnfunnock, which I loved.

I run to take away the daily stresses, as well as keeping fit. My last Runher coastal time was 58.28.

I believe taking part in the group programme will give me the motivation and training to push faster and, hopefully, achieve a personal best of maybe 56 minutes for the Titanic Runher."

Sally Anderson (44), a teaching assistant at Bangor Grammar, lives in Groomsport and is a single mum to Thomas (16). Sally only took up running in January at the Bangor Parkrun and has been bitten by the bug. She says:

I took up running when a friend persuaded me to do Bangor Parkrun - wow, what a welcome and what encouragement. I came last but everyone was so pleased. So I went back.

I saw the ad for the coastal Runher and thought 'I can do that', however long it takes.

I absolutely loved it; to be among ladies of all different abilities was fab. There was such a positive atmosphere, even when my legs hurt.

I have also lost two and a half stone and gone from size 14 to size 10, which is an added bonus.

So many people have said to me over the years 'Everyone can run'. I didn't believe this, but I now know it is true."

Beth Allen (28), a solicitor from Belfast, is joining the programme at advanced level. Beth took up running in 2012 inspired by her dad Dave Allen (59) who was diagnosed with prostate cancer. A keen runner, her dad's fitness has played a big part in helping him battle the disease. She says:

My first running event was the 2012 Belfast marathon relay - I ran the last leg. My dad had been diagnosed with cancer not long before that, so my cousin, myself and three friends ran in a relay team and we raised over £1,000 for a cancer charity.

My dad ran the full Belfast marathon in 2013 in under four hours despite being treated for advanced cancer at that time - that was a massive inspiration. I have run in three 10km races, including the Titanic 10km last year, but have never really found the willpower to push myself.

My dad's oncologist told him that he has no doubt that his fitness prior to his diagnosis is what made him tolerate the cancer treatments so well, and that has inspired me to run and train harder for Runher in October.

I've had a look at the programme and it is so different from how I would have done it and I can't wait to get started."

Angela Dunlop (47), from Comber, is a single mum of two grown-up kids. She retired from the civil service and now runs her own small equestrian business. Angela has battled depression after a traumatic divorce four years ago and has taken on the programme hoping it will help combat her illness. She says:

I watch the Parkrun guys training and I always wish that I could join the group, but I'm too embarrassed. I am 5ft 7ins and weight 13 stone.

I'd love to run to keep fit and feel the sense of achievement that my running friends enjoy. The Runher programme will be my first attempt at running and I love the fact that I have the opportunity to be properly trained.

I am looking forward to all the benefits and to having some fun."

All you need to know about the race

You too can follow our 5km and 10km training plans which are set over the nine weeks leading up to the Titanic Runher, starting this Monday.

Simply go to the Runher section of the Belfast Telegraph website and download Melissa's easy to follow programme on www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk.

What you need to know about the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic on Sunday, October 4.

How to register:

Thursday, October 1: 10am-8pm at the Pure Running shop in Belfast city centre (opposite Inst school).

Friday, October 2: 9am-6pm at Pure Running.

Saturday, October 3: 9am-5pm at Pure Running.

OR, ON THE DAY:

Sign-on will be from 9am-1pm in Titanic House (next door to the Drawing Office).

The entry fee is £18 until September 20. Late entry from September 21 race day is £20.

BRING THE FAMILY. THERE'S LOTS TO DO

1.15pm - The Dash for Kids (under 10s) is 400 metres around the perimeter of the Titanic Slipways. It's free.

1.45pm - The 5K Warm-Up.

2pm - The Belfast Telegraph Runher 5K.

2.30pm - The 10K Warm-Up

2.45pm - The Belfast Telegraph Runher 10K

A course map and video of the route is available at www.runher.co.uk

Readers can tweet their queries to #BelTelRunherTips or email runher@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

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