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Everyone a winner in the Runher 8k

A sun-bathed Ormeau Park was the venue for the inaugural charity event which is sponsored by the Belfast Telegraph in association with Up & Running NI.

The race was won by Paralympics star Karen Cromie from Fermanagh in a fantastic time of 27 minutes and 42 seconds.

Elated Karen, who narrowly missed out on a medal for rowing in Beijing, said: “I came over the line first so it was great. It is a lovely day and it is great to see so many people compete in this event. It would be lovely to see more disabled people take part though but for everyone else, I just wish them luck and hope they do well.”

Roberta Dornan, who took first place in the 5k event in east Belfast back in June, had to settle for second spot this time around.

“I enjoyed it and I came in quicker than I thought I was going to so I'm really pleased.”

Olympic heroine Dame Mary Peters was delighted with the turnout of runners and spectators.

“It was a lovely, perfect day,” she said. “I left home this morning having watched 50,000 people do the Great North Run.”

Speaking after yesterday's event, Mary said she hoped the number of entrants would increase for future runs.

“I thought there may be 600 or 700 people here today and maybe double that next year and double that again the following year.

“It is wonderful to see so many ladies empowered to get out enjoying a lovely walk on a beautiful Sunday morning.”

Another esteemed competitor was blind water-ski champion Janet Gray.

“It's good to see so many girls out,” she said. “That's one up for the girl power and for such a great cause too. It's just fabulous. Let's hope it gets bigger and better.”

PUP leader Dawn Purvis, the only Assembly member to take part, said: “It was brilliant, a lovely walk. There was great camaraderie and people were clapping along the whole route. It was even better than the 5k event.”

Other well-known faces included UTV presenter Siobhan McGarry, Cool FM's Kirstie McMurray and BBC Sport's Denise Watson who was forced to look on from the sidelines having just given birth to her second child.

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