Runher Oct 2014: 'The coastal route was a killer so having a flat course this year is great'
We speak to some of the women taking part in this year's Belfast Telegraph 10k Runher event and find out what they thought of it.
Claire Minnis from Holywood
"It's our third Runher event. I am running with my daughter Joanna and my friends. I like the informality – there are no expectations on those who want to come for fun, just to finish is the main thing. The coastal route was a killer so this flat course is great."
Sarah Dorman from Belfast
"I am a personal trainer at David Lloyd in Dundonald so would bring 20 to 25 clients down to the event. It is a great event to work towards. I get clients involved in the 'couch to 10k' and they go on to do marathons and ironman events. Runher is a good event because you have all ranges of fitness levels, shapes and sizes. I know a lot of females wouldn't feel comfortable taking part in a mixed event."
Oonagh Parish from Whitehead
"Runher is something to aim towards. It keeps you running between the months. There is a great atmosphere and I usually record a better time at Runher, which I can't work out. I enjoy the Runher atmosphere and distance."
Hannah Holden from Belfast
"This is my first 10K event. I took up running five weeks ago. I signed up to do the 'couch to 5K' and thought this would be fun. I was expecting to see more pink with it being women only!"
Emma Hughes from Belfast
"I took up running in July because I turned 30. Apparently your metabolism slows down when you hit 30 so I thought I have to do some running. This is my first 10k after doing two 5ks over the last month. Titanic is a good place to have it. You are not squished and there are not many cars about. Running is good but hard, it's rewarding. I feel I have more energy now."
Suzanne Gartland from Belfast
"It's my first Runher for Crohn's and Colitis NI. I have Crohn's disease. Ten of us have raised more than £1,100. The local branch of the charity is new so Runher is great to raise awareness. Exercise is good for Crohn's, which affects lots of young people."