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Olympic snowboarder Aimee Fuller to join Belfast Telegraph RunHer Coastal 10k

Dame Mary's sports trust to benefit from event

BY JOANNE SWEENEY

Snowboarding Olympian Aimee Fuller has promised to take part in this year's Belfast Telegraph RunHer Coastal 10k run in May.

The first woman to perform a double backflip in the slopestyle contest at Sochi, Aimee hopes to join the other hundreds of women taking part in the charity run on Friday, May 23.

Yesterday, back home to North Down for the first time in 10 weeks, Aimee was proud to call herself an ambassador for the popular event.

"I should be home... if I'm home I will definitely be there. I did it last summer," she confirmed.

"It's nice and juicy to get with my friends and enjoy a beautiful setting – it's just a nice place to come for a run."

The 22-year-old added: "Running is a good pre-season activity; it's great to help me with a good base fitness and I build it up through the summer."

This year the Mary Peters Trust is to benefit from RunHer, which starts in Seapark in Holywood and follows the coastal path down to the Crawfordsburn Park finish.

To mark the special occasion, anyone who does not feel like running can take part in the 'Walk with Mary' along the Belfast Lough shoreline route.

"Dame Mary has hardly missed a RunHer event since we started now some seven years ago," said race director Michael Jenkins.

"She's been an inspiration to many of the women taking part and we've really appreciated her support.

"So we really wanted to put something back into her trust that will help young athletes to achieve their goals – and the 'Walk with Mary' as part of RunHer is a great way to achieve that."

Already, entry interest is high, as 100 early-bird entries sold out in a matter of hours.

Everyone who enters will receive a technical T-shirt and goodie bag. Or clubs, work-places and other groups – you can volunteer yourself as a team leader and get together a team of at least 10 and qualify for a 'super' goodie bag worth £70.

 

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It costs £18 to enter now and £20 on the night and there's lots more information at www.runher.co.uk

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