In four short years the Belfast Telegraph Runher event has seen more than 7,000 people take part and is now the third largest event in the Northern Ireland running calendar.
Michael Jenkins is the race director of the event and was ecstatic about yesterday’s turnout
“The weather held for us, it didn’t rain and everyone really enjoyed themselves. There were 1,000 people taking part and the atmosphere was electric,” said Michael.
“We’re now only behind the Belfast Marathon and the Lisburn Half Marathon as events to take part in. It’s a huge boost to both the event and everyone who takes part in it.
“This year we moved the race up four weeks as it’s normally held in June, and because of that we got hundreds more participants. I’m especially pleased as it’s so soon after the Belfast Marathon — many people can’t run for a few weeks after that.”
Runher is open to all ages to walk or run and only women can take part, making it a more relaxed and enjoyable event for novices. Participants are treated to stunning views as the course takes them around Stormont Estate in east Belfast.
“We fully expect more than 2,000 women to join in the October event which will mean more than 3,000 people taking part in Runher in 2011.”
Proceeds from the race are still coming in from sponsorship monies and cash collected from the day — donations via Runher can still be made through the Up & Runners sports shop in Belfast city centre. All funds go to Cash For Kids. Five special causes for children with special needs are chosen by the charity every year.
“We hope that today raised more than £5,000 for charity and we’ll be able to demonstrate to runners in the future the good causes their efforts have helped,” Michael added.
“It doesn’t matter if someone has jogged, walked or run the course, every pound raised goes towards helping children.”