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Runher: Titanic Quarter awash with colour as record 1,650 runners pound its streets for charity

By Rachel Martin

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 pavements of the Titanic Quarter were turned neon as well over 1,000 women and girls donned their lycra and trainers to take part in the biannual Belfast Telegraph Runher race yesterday.

For the first time a 5K event was added to proceedings, emphasising its focus on personal achievement as well as competiveness.

>>Full 10k results<<

>>Full 5k results<<

In total, 1,650 women competed in both races - the biggest turnout Runher has had to date.

The event, which was previously held at Stormont, is now in its second year at its new location at the Titanic Quarter.

Both routes meandered around the back of Titanic Belfast, tracing the edges of Belfast Harbour, passing the famous Harland & Wolff cranes Samson and Goliath before heading east across the Sam Thompson Bridge to complete a lap of Victoria Park and return back to the finish line at Titanic Belfast.

DJ Sonya Mac kept spirits high with a selection of upbeat tunes as she cheered on the women as they set off, and again as they sprinted towards the finish line.

One runner at the finish line summed up the Runher atmosphere well: "The other girls are really encouraging here, everyone wants you to finish it and we all spur each other on. There's a lot more of a team feel to it than at other races."

Melissa Eccles from organisers Pure Running explained: "It brings women together, no matter what your age or ability. It celebrates women's running and success.

"We've to manage work, family and running and there's nothing that really celebrates the fact that they actually find the time to run while taking the kids to school, while going to work, while doing the washing, while doing the cooking and be able to enjoy it - they deserve it."

Race director Michael Jenkins added: "We've had a record turnout. There were a lot of last minute entries today because of the beautiful weather. It's safe, it's friendly, it's about families running together and there's just something really special about all the girls taking part together in Runher."

North Down Running Club member Jessica Craig managed the fastest time for the 5K.

The 25-year-old crossed the finish line with a clear lead just 18 minutes and 29 seconds after she started.

Meanwhile, Kilkeel mother-of-four Laura Graham was declared the fastest 10K runner.

She said that she came along as a late entry - only deciding to enter Runher on the morning of the competition.

The 29-year-old started running to raise money for charity after her father had a heart attack.

Laura decided to run the Belfast Marathon and she said that since then she has spent every minute, hour and day she can running.

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