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Runher Oct 2015: 'It's empowering and fun running with other women'

By Staff Reporter

Published 05/10/2015

Catherine Boyd. Pic: Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Catherine Boyd. Pic: Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Tiffany Brien. Pic: Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Runners during the Belfast Telegraph Runher event. Pic: Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Runners at the start of the Belfast Telegraph Runher event. Pic: Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Maria Pinto and Roisin Clifford. Pic: Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Runners ahead of the Belfast Telegraph Runher event. Pic: Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Runners ahead of the Belfast Telegraph Runher event. Pic: Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Jill McCune. Pic: Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Runners during the Belfast Telegraph Runher event. Pic: Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Runners during the Belfast Telegraph Runher event. Pic: Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Lesley Heaney and Lindsey Hargan from Antrim Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Runners during the Belfast Telegraph Runher event. Pic: Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Lorraine Whiteway Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Janine Rainey from Larne Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Runners during the Belfast Telegraph Runher event. Pic: Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Valerie Blayney from Bangor Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Lisa Rodham Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Catherine Boyd Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Lorraine Whiteway and Cathy Hamilton Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Frances McMullan Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Ciara McVicker. Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Lynda Haffey. Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Runners during the Belfast Telegraph Runher event. Pic: Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Beverly Reid from Lisburn Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Nuala Muldoon and Aoife McKeown from Belfast Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Samantha Ferguson from Bangor. Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Ashleigh Myers from Belfast. Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Runners during the Belfast Telegraph Runher event. Pic: Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Ciara McVicker Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Joan Duffy and Carol Hill from Belfast. Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Julieann Rowlands Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Tracey Hodgson Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Runners during the Belfast Telegraph Runher event. Pic: Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Lorraine Ogilby. Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Runners during the Belfast Telegraph Runher event. Pic: Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Runners during the Belfast Telegraph Runher event. Pic: Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Joan Duffy and Carol Hill from Belfast Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Runners during the Belfast Telegraph Runher event. Pic: Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Runners during the Belfast Telegraph Runher event. Pic: Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Anna Norman Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Runners during the Belfast Telegraph Runher event. Pic: Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Laura Walker and Carol Wilson Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Lesley Heaney and Lindsey Hargan from Antrim Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Violet Davidson and Elaine Orwin Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Runners at the start Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Nicola Armstrong from Banbridge Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Catherine Boyd and Clare Teer Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Natalie Thompson and Joanne Creighton Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Cara Hamilton at the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 5K & 10k. Pic: Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Runners ahead of the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 5K & 10k. Pic: Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Runners ahead of the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 5K & 10k. Pic: Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Runners ahead of the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 5K & 10k. Pic: Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Runners ahead of the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 5K & 10k. Pic: Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Runners ahead of the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 5K & 10k. Pic: Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Runners ahead of the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 5K & 10k. Pic: Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Runners ahead of the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 5K & 10k. Pic: Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Runners ahead of the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 5K & 10k. Pic: Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Runners ahead of the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 5K & 10k. Pic: Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Julie McMinn from Comber at the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 5K & 10k. Pic: Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Alice Carson from Comber at the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 5K & 10k. Pic: Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Runners set off at the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 5K & 10k. Pic: Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Siobhan Rocks from Derry, Geraldine Devlin from Cookstown at the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 5K & 10k. Pic: Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Emma O'Flynn at the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 5K & 10k. Pic: Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Emma O'Flynn at the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 5K & 10k. Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Pauline Livingston at the  Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 5K & 10k. Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Laura McClean and Julie Skelly from Belfast. Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Runners before the start of the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 10k and 5k events. Pic: Press Eye.
Runners before the start of the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 10k and 5k events. Pic: Press Eye.
Runners before the start of the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 10k and 5k events. Pic: Press Eye.
Runners before the start of the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 10k and 5k events. Pic: Press Eye.
Runners before the start of the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 10k and 5k events. Pic: Press Eye.
Runners before the start of the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 10k and 5k events. Pic: Press Eye.
Runners before the start of the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 10k and 5k events. Pic: Press Eye.
Runners before the start of the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 10k and 5k events. Pic: Press Eye.
Runners before the start of the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 10k and 5k events. Pic: Press Eye.
Runners before the start of the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 10k and 5k events. Pic: Press Eye.
Runners before the start of the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 10k and 5k events. Pic: Press Eye.
Runners before the start of the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 10k and 5k events. Pic: Press Eye.
Runners before the start of the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 10k and 5k events. Pic: Press Eye.
Runners before the start of the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 10k and 5k events. Pic: Press Eye.
Runners before the start of the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 10k and 5k events. Pic: Press Eye.
Runners before the start of the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 10k and 5k events. Pic: Press Eye.
Runners before the start of the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 10k and 5k events. Pic: Press Eye.
Runners before the start of the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 10k and 5k events. Pic: Press Eye.
Runners before the start of the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 10k and 5k events. Pic: Press Eye.
Runners before the start of the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 10k and 5k events. Pic: Press Eye.
Runners before the start of the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 10k and 5k events. Pic: Press Eye.
Runners before the start of the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 10k and 5k events. Pic: Press Eye.
Runners before the start of the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 10k and 5k events. Pic: Press Eye.
Runners before the start of the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 10k and 5k events. Pic: Press Eye.
Runners before the start of the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 10k and 5k events. Pic: Press Eye.
Runners before the start of the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 10k and 5k events. Pic: Press Eye.
Runners before the start of the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 10k and 5k events. Pic: Press Eye.
Runners before the start of the Belfast Telegraph Runher Titanic Quarter 10k and 5k events. Pic: Press Eye.

The feelgood factor at Runher is a strong draw to many of the women taking part. Many of the participants explained that they had never ran competitively before but saw Runher as a fun way to push themselves towards a personal target.

Karen Poag, captain of Jog Carrickfergus, set up the group to encourage non-runners to get active. The group completed a 'couch to 5K' programme and takes around 150 new members each year, many of whom saw Runher as a goal to work towards.

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Carrick woman Sarah McCann (52) used to run when she was younger but soon found she did not have time after she gave birth to her three children. Now her youngest has reached 18, the group has given her the confidence and encouragement she needed to get back into her fitness regime.

"I hadn't run in years and I thought I would never do it again," she said. "It's very empowering, it's fun to be running with a group of women."

Sarah, who works as Northern Ireland's only lactation consultant, explained that it was a problem she saw a lot of mums faced with. "It's hard to find the time," she explained. "But it is really good for your mental health too, getting out and doing something even pushing the pram or getting out for a brisk walk is great."

Cecilia Milburn said getting back into running has left her feeling fab at 40: "I started this time last year and this time last year I couldn't run at all. I couldn't walk for one minute and now my first 5K was 42 minutes. I've already done one 10K but this is my second.

"I've lost three stone and have gone from being a size 22 to a size 16.

"I've gone from doing no exercise to going for a run two to three nights a week."

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