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Runher May 2015: Pictures, video, results and finishing times for 5k and 10k

Thousand-plus runners in charity challenge

By Claire Williamson

The finish line was their goal - but the victory of the hundreds of women taking part in the Runher Coastal event was measured in the smiles, hugs and tears of relief that waited on the other side.

Each woman taking part in the Belfast Telegraph Runher Coastal event had her own story to tell - some were running for charity, some in memory of loved ones, some for personal goals they had set themselves and others simply because they love to run.

There were two races, the newly-introduced 5K and the well-established 10K, each run with its own challenges and both routes surrounded by the stunning landscapes of the Co Down coast.

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 >>For 5k results click here<<

It's Northern Ireland's largest female-only running event and has become a firm fixture on Northern Ireland's running calendar. Laughter and a touch of nerves met the runners at the beginning of each race as they were taken through their respective warm-ups under the May sun.

Many of the women, regardless of why they were taking part, said the main thing they loved about it was the family spirit of the event. Janine Ramsey (47), who is part of the Belfast Running Club, said Runher is an event where "everyone can run together".

She said: "I love the fact it goes from the very elite to the beginner.

"There is absolutely no egos here, everybody runs together and it's really good fun."

She added: "I think it's fun as well, it's not a race as such, it's an event that everyone can run together."

A new course record was set by Cathy McCourt (40) from Lisburn, who completed the 10K in 36 minutes 21 seconds.

The 5K was won by 35-year-old Jodi Smith from Bangor, who completed it in 20 minutes and 10 seconds.

After all the hard work, sweat and tears there was a carnival atmosphere at Crawfordsburn Country Club, where there was a well-earned barbecue ready for the runners and their proud families, friends and supporters who were waiting for them.

Event organiser Michael Jenkins said it had been a record turnout.

He said: "We are delighted with it. We are looking at 1350 women running tonight.

"At the finish line everyone is smiling and hugging each other, they all have a story to tell and they love the location; it's special too. The time is important for 5% of the ladies, but for 95% it's all about getting across the finish line. It's a big thing to come and run the Belfast Telegraph 5K and 10K."

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