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Use that Olympic inspiration at Runher

By Michelle Smyth

The Olympics may be over but local women are being urged to discover their own inner champions by signing up to Belfast Telegraph’s Runher.

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Katie Kirk, the four times 400m youth champion who helped light the official Olympic cauldron at London 2012’s opening ceremony, is encouraging women across Northern Ireland to sign up to the 10k and 5k runs at Stormont Estate on October 7.

Sports minister Caral Ni Chuilin and Childline volunteer Joanne McMaster, who are also taking part in Runher, were on hand to help Katie launch the event.

This year women are being urged to put their best foot forward for Childline, Runher’s official charity partner.

Those who are savvy will sign up fast as online entry costs only £17 until August 31 but will increase to £20 per entrant thereafter, with online entry closing on September 30.

In addition to the 5k and 10k runs, Runher features a 5k walk and a free Dash for Kids for the under 15s, so there is something to suit everyone. Race director and owner of Belfast’s Up and Running retail outlet, Michael Jenkins, said women of all fitness levels should lace up their trainers and sign up to the province’s largest female-only running event.

“With the Olympics just over and the Paralympics about to begin we hope lots of girls will be inspired by these amazing athletes and sign up for our autumn Runher session,” he said.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for sports women to develop their training in a relaxed setting and have a great day out with the family.

For first-timers there is plenty of choice with four events which suit all levels of fitness,” he said.

As an added incentive, organisers are seeking Runher “champions” to sign up 10 other walkers or runners. These “champions” will receive a goodie bag worth £80. Those interested should email

This year’s event, the 11th in six years, is also backed by Sport NI, Belfast City Council, North Down Borough Council, Up and Running, Brooks Running, Premier Inn and Cool FM.

It is hoped it will attract runners of all ages and abilities after Runher’s spring event in May this year attracted 1,200 participants.

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There will be four Runher events — all starting at different times on the Stormont Estate, Belfast.

Runher 5k Childline Walk, Dash for Kids, Runher 5K Run and Runher 10K Run.

Entry price until Friday August 31 2012 is £17.

Entry price from Saturday September 1 is £20.

Online entry closes at midnight on Sunday September 30.

Entry price includes: Race entry, championship timing, Runher Goody bag and Brooks Stormont Series Event t-shirt.

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