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Runher Oct 2014: Diane's thrilled to be part of big day

By Amanda Ferguson

Despite a life-limiting cancer diagnosis, Diane McCaughan was determined to make it to Runher's Titanic debut.

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The Bangor mum wasn't able to join the runners yesterday, but she did make an enthusiastic appearance on the sidelines to cheer everyone on.

Diane (45) said she was thrilled to support the Runher Titanic 10K which saw more than 1,500 women race through Belfast's Titanic Quarter.

She paid tribute to the "great" event she attended with her husband Sherrard.

"It's the ultimate in girl power," she said. "There was a wonderful turnout and it was lovely to be part of it.

"I presented the prizes to the first three girls over the line. That was a real highlight because it's the closest I will ever get to a podium!"

Diane was also thrilled to spend time with Belfast Telegraph Runher veteran and Olympic golden girl Dame Mary Peters.

"I meet our local legend, Dame Mary," Diane said. "She is such a down-to-earth, accessible and all-round nice person."

Diane has been a keen runner since 2008, starting two years after a mastectomy and a course of chemotherapy.

Mother to Emma (12) and Ben (14), she has taken part in a number of Runher events in the past, but gruelling chemotherapy treatment for stage four cancer ruled out participation at the weekend.

"I was gutted I couldn't walk it," she said last night. "But I am aiming toward the Runher Coastal Challenge next year.

"I would urge other women to take part in Runher, it's a great one to get started with as it's not as intimidating as a club run.

"It's for everyone."

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