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Runher event goes coastal

Women’s 10K event takes scenic route along lough shore

By Kerry McKittrick

The bi-annual Belfast Telegraph Runher event will return on Friday, May 25 — and this year there will be a nautical twist to the tale.

This time the women-only run will be transported from its leafy roots in the Stormont Estate to follow a coastal path between Holywood and Crawfordsburn.

Organisers Up & Running hope that those pounding the path of the Runher 10K Coastal Challenge will be able to enjoy the sunset on a balmy summer evening as they run or walk the new course.

Now in its sixth year, Runher has hit its stride to become a firm fixture in the Northern Ireland running calendar. The event has proved to be a fun day out for all the family and is open to all fitness levels. More than 2,500 women and children put their best foot forward in last year's two events, raising thousands of pounds for charity.

Race director Michael Jenkins explained the rationale behind the change of pace.

“Regular and rookie runners needed a new and very different challenge and we felt a coastal route provided the perfect solution. This time we have no hills and only one set of steps so competitors can relax and enjoy some fabulous views of Belfast Lough,” he said.

The event has also changed from a day to an evening event and the course will be 10K for both runners and walkers.

All abilities will be catered for with runners and walkers having different starting times — runners will have the fast track while walkers are set to bring up the rear.

Although it's a women’s event, the run is, as always, a family day out. As Michael explained: “To add to the festival feel of the event, Runher will also host a children's entertainment programme located in Crawfordsburn Country Park.”

In the past, the children's parties have included bouncy castles and face-painting.

The last Runher event, in October of last year, attracted a record entry, with the total number of participants exceeding 1,000 for the first time — making it Northern Ireland's largest female-only running event. For more information and to register hot foot it to www.runher.co.uk.

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The Belfast Telegraph Runher 10K Coastal Challenge kicks of at 7pm on Friday, May 25, at Seapark, Holywood, and finishes at Crawfordsburn Country Park.

Entry is via the Runher website — www.runher.co.uk and the entry fee includes chip timing, a Brooks T-shirt and a goody bag.

For the first month entry costs £15 and then rises to £17. Training plans for all levels are also available for download from www.runher.co.uk

Follow Runher on Twitter @runherofficial or Runher Running on Facebook.

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