In Pictures: Runher 2014 sees Dame Mary Peters and Kelly Gallagher lead hundreds at Coastal 10K

Belfast Telegraph Runher - Seapark to Crawfordsburn - 23rd May 2014
Presseye / Declan Roughan
Belfast Telegraph Runher - Seapark to Crawfordsburn - 23rd May 2014 Presseye / Declan Roughan
Belfast Telegraph Runher - Seapark to Crawfordsburn - 23rd May 2014
Presseye / Declan Roughan

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Belfast Telegraph Runher - Seapark to Crawfordsburn - 23rd May 2014 Presseye / Declan Roughan Caring About Recovery From Eating Disorders
Belfast Telegraph Runher - Seapark to Crawfordsburn - 23rd May 2014
Presseye / Declan Roughan

Children supporting  the Runher race
Belfast Telegraph Runher - Seapark to Crawfordsburn - 23rd May 2014 Presseye / Declan Roughan Children supporting the Runher race

Hundreds of women have defied the rain and ran along the Co Down coast in the Belfast Telegraph RunHer Coastal 10K.

Patron of the event and Olympian Mary Peters started the race, accompanied by fellow Winter Olympians Kelly Gallagher and Aimee Fuller.

The winner was 32-year-old physiotherapist Patricia O'Hagan - taking part just seven months after the birth of her first child.

>>Full results in Monday's Belfast Telegraph<<

She was closely followed by RunHer regular Cathy McCourt, a personal trainer, then Judith Lonnen, a solicitor, both from Belfast.

Runher May 2014: In pictures 

While there is a span of 42 years between the Olympic gold of Munich for Dame Mary Peters and the winter Paralympic gold of Sochi for Kelly Gallagher – those medals came together this evening.

The champions were united by a common cause close to their hearts as they walked together from Seapark in Holywood to Crawfordsburn Country Park.

They did it to help raise funds for the Mary Peters' Trust, which was set up to help young athletes in the wake of that famous Munich triumph.

Downhill skier Kelly was among those to benefit from the support of the trust.

Undaunted by the fact that she will be 75 in July, Dame Mary has hardly missed a Runher event – which is now in its 8th year – and has inspired thousands of women to come along and participate.

"Over 80% of women are not doing enough physical activity to benefit their health and I have had so many opportunities, met wonderful friends and had a wonderful life all through sport," she said.

"I am delighted at Kelly's success. She is a new young positive role model for girls and women. Kelly and I will have fun on the walk and those who walk with us will be helping to support young female athletes of the future."

Being from Bangor, the event is right on Kelly's doorstep.

Back in March, the 28-year-old made history when, with her guide Charlotte Evans, she won Team GB's first ever gold at a Winter Paralympic Games in the Super-G downhill event.

Further Reading

Friday People with slopestyle snowboarder Aimee Fuller 

Judith Gillespie: The ex-cop and sports boss on the run with Mary

Kelly, who attended Rathmore Primary, Glenlola and then studied maths at Bath University, had never set foot on a a ski slope until she was 17.

Her big breakthrough came in 2008 when Disability Snowsport UK selected her for its development team.

She has a condition known as oculocutaneous albinism which affects the pigment in her hair, skin and eyes – leaving her with barely any vision.

Kelly said: "I have 5% sight and I ski at over 50mph downhill with Charlotte my guide. If I can do this any female can put on their trainers and join us on Friday."

Taking part or watching Runher this evening? Tweet your pics at #runherbt or email them to digital.editorial@belfasttelegraph.co.uk. We'll have a huge gallery online after the event

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