Online Entry Now Open for Sunday 15th May.
This year’s two Runher events will be staged on Sunday, May 15 and Sunday, October 9 in the Stormont Estate and, for the fourth year in a row, the Belfast Telegraph will be back lending its support as main title sponsor.
Again weighing in behind the Telegraph will be Sport NI as it continues to promote women in sport and Cool FM through its Cash for Kids charity.
“It’s great to see those sponsors back,” says Up and Running owner and Race Director Michael Jenkins. “It’s a big endorsement of the outstanding success of this venture and we really appreciate their support.”
But Runher is not standing still! With new training runs being added to the schedule, the first of which are taking place on the morning of Saturday, March 26 simultaneously at two venues in Belfast and Newry.
“We’ll be giving more details on the training build-up run soon,” says Michael. “But it’s important to say that it will be free, will be short and not too demanding – and a stepping stone to the big day in May to allow women to come together to get some exercise and talk about their training and their preparation.”
“We’ll also be encouraging women to bring a friend along who has perhaps never run before to continue to spread the word that Runher is out there and it’s really worth getting involved in,” he says.
The course for the big May 15 event will be the same as last year with just a few small changes. Michael explains, “We were delighted with the way the start and finish worked on Prince of Wales Avenue right in front of Parliament Buildings but we thought, just so you don’t get bored, that we would run it in an anti-clockwise direction in 2011. And, so that there is plenty of room on the course we would stagger the start, with the 5K off first followed by the 10K.
“Also as the event grows, we are hopeful that women across the British Isles will be joining us this year – I’m sure they’ll get a great welcome but more on that as it develops,” he says.