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BELFAST TELEGRAPH RUNHER COASTAL CHALLENGE

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Friday 24th May 2013 - BELFAST TELEGRAPH RUNHER COASTAL CHALLENGE Competitors warming up Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Friday 24th May 2013 - BELFAST TELEGRAPH RUNHER COASTAL CHALLENGE Denise Watson from Lisburn Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Friday 24th May 2013 - BELFAST TELEGRAPH RUNHER COASTAL CHALLENGE Jackie Hawkins, Noreen Owens and Kirsty Mulligan Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Friday 24th May 2013 - BELFAST TELEGRAPH RUNHER COASTAL CHALLENGE Maureen Thompson and family Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Friday 24th May 2013 - BELFAST TELEGRAPH RUNHER COASTAL CHALLENGE Maria Doran Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
A small gathering of Tracy's Angels and some other Marie Curie supporters before the start - picture submitted by Tracy Gilpin
Happy Angels - Glynis Hobson, Tracy Gilpin and Linda O'Loan on completion of the Runher 2013 - picture submitted by Tracy Gilpin
Runher 2013 - picture submitted by Sinead McBride
Runher 2013 - picture submitted by Emma McKee
A couple of photos of some Ballymena ladies who participated in Runher - submitted by Kelly Courtney, Ladies Captain
Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co Down. The runners make their way through Helens Bay.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Friday 24th May 2013 - BELFAST TELEGRAPH RUNHER COASTAL CHALLENGE Competitors warming up Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
We did it! Our first RunHer ... Power walked in 1hr 28mins ... A great night! :) Sharon McCartney.and Heather. Picture submitted by Heather Houston
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Friday 24th May 2013 - BELFAST TELEGRAPH RUNHER COASTAL CHALLENGE Competitors warming up Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Friday 24th May 2013 - BELFAST TELEGRAPH RUNHER COASTAL CHALLENGE Competitors warming up Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Friday 24th May 2013 - BELFAST TELEGRAPH RUNHER COASTAL CHALLENGE Competitors warming up Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Friday 24th May 2013 - BELFAST TELEGRAPH RUNHER COASTAL CHALLENGE Competitors warming up Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Friday 24th May 2013 - BELFAST TELEGRAPH RUNHER COASTAL CHALLENGE Denise Watson from Lisburn Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Friday 24th May 2013 - BELFAST TELEGRAPH RUNHER COASTAL CHALLENGE Competitors warming up Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Friday 24th May 2013 - BELFAST TELEGRAPH RUNHER COASTAL CHALLENGE Competitors warming up Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Friday 24th May 2013 - BELFAST TELEGRAPH RUNHER COASTAL CHALLENGE Maria Doran Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Friday 24th May 2013 - BELFAST TELEGRAPH RUNHER COASTAL CHALLENGE Competitors warming up Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Friday 24th May 2013 - BELFAST TELEGRAPH RUNHER COASTAL CHALLENGE Competitors warming up Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Friday 24th May 2013 - BELFAST TELEGRAPH RUNHER COASTAL CHALLENGE Competitors warming up Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Friday 24th May 2013 - BELFAST TELEGRAPH RUNHER COASTAL CHALLENGE Competitors warming up Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Friday 24th May 2013 - BELFAST TELEGRAPH RUNHER COASTAL CHALLENGE Competitors warming up Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Friday 24th May 2013 - BELFAST TELEGRAPH RUNHER COASTAL CHALLENGE Maria Doran Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Friday 24th May 2013 - BELFAST TELEGRAPH RUNHER COASTAL CHALLENGE Competitors warming up Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Friday 24th May 2013 - BELFAST TELEGRAPH RUNHER COASTAL CHALLENGE Competitors warming up Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Friday 24th May 2013 - BELFAST TELEGRAPH RUNHER COASTAL CHALLENGE Competitors warming up Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Friday 24th May 2013 - BELFAST TELEGRAPH RUNHER COASTAL CHALLENGE Competitors warming up Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Friday 24th May 2013 - BELFAST TELEGRAPH RUNHER COASTAL CHALLENGE Competitors warming up Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Friday 24th May 2013 - BELFAST TELEGRAPH RUNHER COASTAL CHALLENGE Competitors warming up Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Friday 24th May 2013 - BELFAST TELEGRAPH RUNHER COASTAL CHALLENGE Competitors warming up Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Friday 24th May 2013 - BELFAST TELEGRAPH RUNHER COASTAL CHALLENGE Competitors warming up Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Friday 24th May 2013 - BELFAST TELEGRAPH RUNHER COASTAL CHALLENGE Competitors warming up Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Friday 24th May 2013 - BELFAST TELEGRAPH RUNHER COASTAL CHALLENGE Competitors warming up Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Friday 24th May 2013 - BELFAST TELEGRAPH RUNHER COASTAL CHALLENGE Maria Doran warming up Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Friday 24th May 2013 - BELFAST TELEGRAPH RUNHER COASTAL CHALLENGE Competitors warming up Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Friday 24th May 2013 - BELFAST TELEGRAPH RUNHER COASTAL CHALLENGE Competitors warming up Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. Left to right. Adrienne Perry and Karen Batley from Belfast.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. Northern Ireland Fire Service runners. Left to right. Lisa Watson and Gaynor O'Dowd.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. Kilcooley Coast Busters. Left to right. Kelly-Ann Cole, Lynn Bloomfield, Lynn Brown, Emma Money doing it for Cancer Research.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. Babs Babes - NICMA. Child minding association who are running for McMillan Cancer in aid of a staff member.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. Left to right. Nicola McNeill and Fiona McToal from Larne.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. Julie Balmer.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. Jillian Campbell.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. The goes through Helens Bay.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. Left to right. Gillian Brooks and Susan Eatock from Belfast.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. Jaki Conley - ONE Year WON. Girls from Strangford College running for Jaki Conley(centre) who is one year free from breast cancer.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. The goes through Helens Bay.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. Jodi Smith.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. The goes through Helens Bay.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Friday 24th May 2013 - BELFAST TELEGRAPH RUNHER COASTAL CHALLENGE Competitors warming up Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. The race starts.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Friday 24th May 2013 - BELFAST TELEGRAPH RUNHER COASTAL CHALLENGE Competitors warming up Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Friday 24th May 2013 - BELFAST TELEGRAPH RUNHER COASTAL CHALLENGE Maria Doran warming up Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. BBC Current Affairs for Brain Tumour Charity.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. The race starts.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. The race starts.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. Northern Ireland Fire Service runners. Left to right. Lisa Watson, Clare Jamison and Gaynor O'Dowd.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. Left to right Hannah Fox, Gemma Stitt and Nolene Dougan from Belfast who are running for - Fighting Motor Neurone Disease.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. Mark Pollock Trust.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. Babs Babes - NICMA. Child minding association who are running for McMillan Cancer in aid of a staff member.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. The race begins.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. The race begins.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. Cathy McCourt
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. Helen Bateson.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. Paula McAllister
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. Jessica Craig.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. Breege Connolly.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. Lyndsey Pronger.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. Penny Lindsay.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. Amanda Perry
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. Penny Lindsay.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. Nikki Heywood.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. The race starts.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. The race starts.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. The race starts.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. The goes through Helens Bay.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. The goes through Helens Bay.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. The goes through Helens Bay.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. The goes through Helens Bay.
Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co Down. The race begins.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. The race begins.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. Shannon Berry.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. The runners go through Helen's Bay.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. Irish Rugby International Grace Davitt(left) and Shirelle Wilson.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. The runners make their way through Helens Bay.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. The runners make their way through Helens Bay.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. Shannon Berry.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. Cathy McCourt
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. Helen Bateson.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. Paula McAllister
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. Irish Rugby International Grace Davitt(left) and Shirelle Wilson.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. The runners go through Helen's Bay.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. Jodi Smith.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. Irish Rugby International Grace Davitt(left) and Shirelle Wilson.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. Jessica Craig.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. Lyndsey Pronger.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. Verity Cronford
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. Nikki Heywood.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. Breege Connolly.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. Lyndsey Pronger.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. Penny Lindsay.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. Amanda Perry
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. Penny Lindsay.
Northern Ireland- 23rd May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Belfast telegraph Runher Coastal Challenge 10k from Seapark to Crawfordsburn Park in Co. Down. Nikki Heywood.

As the sun shone over Northern Ireland's Gold Coast on Friday evening, runners and spectators alike relaxed with their sunglasses and ice creams.

As almost 1,000 women lined up at the start of the Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal 10K Challenge, the sun picked out the brilliant blue of their official T-shirts. A staggered start meant competitors could take off with others of the same ability and not hold faster runners back. It also meant that each individual group got their own special cheer from the spectators at the start line. Race patron Dame Mary Peters and Bangor mayor Wesley Irvine sounded the claxons in turn.

Due to the rocky course this was not a course to set a personal best, but instead it was all about taking part and having fun.

As there was no official charity this year, runners were encouraged to fundraise for any cause that had a special meaning for them and many did, with a large number of charities benefiting.

The team challenge this year saw groups of professional rugby players, firefighters, police women, hockey players and even footballers taking part.

Many ran but others took their time and walked the course just for the sheer fun of taking part. Grace Davitt, one of the Ireland Women's rugby squad who lifted the Six Nations trophy this year, ran with her Cooke team-mates wearing flowery bras and hula skirts – over their shirts, of course. As is now the norm at any Runher event, there was a party atmosphere at the finish line as husbands, boyfriends, dads, children and even dogs all gathered to welcome the weary runners in.

With the Coastal 10K complete, organisers will now turn their sights to the Runher event at Stormont on October 6. Online entry launches today with the first 100 ladies getting the special early bird price of just £10.

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'Event was biggest and best we've held'

Runher race director Michael Jenkins

"We're delighted with the event this year. Just gauging people's opinion on Friday night I got the real impression that this was the best Runher yet. We trumped last year's numbers by about 300 and spectators at the start line said that the competitors just kept coming.

Opening up the race for any charity made a real difference this year I think. I talked to a lot of people who were walking or running for people who weren't well or in memory of those who had been ill. They'd never done anything like this before but because they could raise money for a cause of their choice, they decided to take part. None of them could get over the scale or the atmosphere. I think those newbies summed up what Runher is all about -- taking part and enjoying yourself."

Denise Watson, sports journalist and presenter

"I walked most of the way but I did run a bit -- I haven't been training enough to run the whole thing!

I love that along the coastal path you talk to lots of people you've never met before and everyone is encouraging everyone else. It was a lovely day to do something so nice for charity."

Junior Apprentice runner-up, Maria Doran

"I've been fitting in my training around my revision. I'm currently sitting my A-Levels so I haven't had a huge amount of time!

I've never done anything like this before but I'm so glad I managed to finish it. I didn't think I would but there was a personal trainer who happened to be running near me and she encouraged me -- I don't know what I would have done without her!

Even though it's been hard work I really enjoyed myself today.

It's amazing to see what people can do for a good cause."

Maureen Thompson (37) is a trainee accountant. She ran the race and was greeted by her family

"My son Harry has spina bifida and is in a wheelchair -- he, my husband Phil and daughter Grace all greeted me when I finished.

I walked the course today and I've been doing a few things lately for charities that have helped Harry. Today I did Runher for the Starlight Children's Foundation which grants wishes for seriously ill children.

They've granted a wish for Harry, now he just has to decide what his wish will be! Runher is a great event and really well organised. I've really enjoyed it and I'm hoping I will raise around £400 from this evening."

Maxine Brown (36) runs a gift shop in Belfast

"I took part today for Sands -- the Stillborn and Neonatal Death charity. We lost my nephew, James in January so I really wanted to raise some money in his memory. This is my third event and we've raised over £1,000 but I thought today was brilliant. I loved the course and I loved chatting with all the women taking part.

It makes me feel good that I can do something nice like this in memory of James."

Noreen Owens (44) is an ambulance driver from Belfast.

"My mum, Marie Owens, died of ovarian cancer on November 1 last year. She spent months going in and out of the Northern Ireland Cancer Centre and for the last month of her life she was waiting for a Marie Curie bed. She was first on the list but she ended up coming home with us in the end.

We talked to people who were at the cancer centre, who were also waiting for beds and they didn't have families who could look after them -- that's why we ran for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

This is the first event like this I've ever done and we've already decided to sign up for the next one. We think we'll have raised about £1,000 between us."

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