The Belfast Telegraph is supporting a first for women's-only running in Ireland for the 2018 Hoka Runher Series.
The first event will be the Runher Coastal Challenge on Friday May 25, featuring — for the first time — a women’s half-marathon following the Belfast Lough shore path from Holywood to Bangor, retracing its steps to finish in Crawfordsburn Country Park.
The 21km/13.1 mile event will be the first of its kind in Ireland with only two others listed in Europe this year in Odense, Denmark and Madrid, Spain.
The Runher half-marathon will sit alongside the popular and well-established 5km and 10km events on the night.
The series will once again be run in association with Pure Running.
Business owner and race director Michael Jenkins said: “I guess we’ve been building up to this for the 11 years that Runher has been going — starting out with a 5K, then an 8K, a 10K and now 21K. The Runher community has been growing with us and extending its ambitions and we’re excited about offering this fresh challenge along that most scenic of run routes and hopefully providing a great start to the Bank Holiday weekend.
“We are also delighted that Hoka One One, the world’s fastest growing running shoe company, has come on-board to join us in this new venture, and our long-time media partner the Belfast Telegraph will still be with us to capture the build-up and the series on its digital platform.”
Elizabeth Brown, sports marketing manager for Hoka One One, said: “Winning with women is a key focus for us in 2018.
“With the expansion of the Runher Series to include a half marathon event this year, we’re therefore very excited to be announced as title partner and look forward to supporting female runners across the island of Ireland with our products and education.”
There will be three start points: Rockport School for the 5km event (6.30pm), Seapark, Holywood for the 10km event (7.15pm) and The Dirty Duck on Kinnegar Road, Holywood for the half marathon (6.30pm) with all three finishing in Crawfordsburn Country Park where a barbecue, kids’ entertainment and a post-race massage from Apex Physio will be available.
The series will conclude with Runher Titanic 5K and 10K on Sunday morning, October 21 in the Titanic Quarter.
Belfast Telegraph readers can avail of a 15% discount off by using discount code BELTELRUNHER when registering at www.runher.co.uk from today until Monday