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Runher October 2013: Dame Mary joins in with golden girls

In Pictures: Belfast Telegraph RunHer at Stormont, October 2013 Close

Jesica Craig (2) leads the women off at the start of the 5k race

Jesica Craig (2) leads the women off at the start of the 5k race

Naomi Stewart  finishes the 5k race

Naomi Stewart finishes the 5k race

Jacqui Craig finishes the 5k race

Jacqui Craig finishes the 5k race

Rowandale Integrated Primary School

Rowandale Integrated Primary School

Runher - the runners warm up

Runher - the runners warm up

Runher - the runners warm up

Runher - the runners warm up

Fitness Freddie gets the runners warmed up

Fitness Freddie gets the runners warmed up

Fitness Freddie gets the runners warmed up

Fitness Freddie gets the runners warmed up

Shelly Regan in the 10k race

Shelly Regan in the 10k race

Patricia McNally  in the 10k race

Patricia McNally in the 10k race

Lisa McClean (1350) and Eileen Maxwell in the 10k race

Lisa McClean (1350) and Eileen Maxwell in the 10k race

Coleen Ringland  in the 10k race

Coleen Ringland in the 10k race

Louise Kelly (1267) and Sarah Jane Crowther  in the 10k race

Louise Kelly (1267) and Sarah Jane Crowther in the 10k race

Marian Hayes  in the 10k race

Marian Hayes in the 10k race

Stacey McGerty  in the 10k race

Stacey McGerty in the 10k race

Nicola Crawford  in the 10k race

Nicola Crawford in the 10k race

Debbie McVeigh in the 10k race

Debbie McVeigh in the 10k race

Siobhan Drain in the 10k race

Siobhan Drain in the 10k race

Angela Taylor in the 10k race

Angela Taylor in the 10k race

Roisin Byrne in the 10k race

Roisin Byrne in the 10k race

Kate Hanratty in the 10k race

Kate Hanratty in the 10k race

Tiffany Brien, former miss Northern Ireland,  in the 10k race

Tiffany Brien, former miss Northern Ireland, in the 10k race

Lyndsay Pronger

Lyndsay Pronger

Hannah Oldroyd leads  in the 10k race

Hannah Oldroyd leads in the 10k race

Tiffany Brien in the 10k race

Tiffany Brien in the 10k race

Julie Balmer in the 10k race

Julie Balmer in the 10k race

Cathy McCourt in the 10k race

Cathy McCourt in the 10k race

Hannah Oldroyd leads Cathy McCourt in the 10k race

Hannah Oldroyd leads Cathy McCourt in the 10k race

Former miss Northern Ireland Tiffany Brien (1003) and Cathy McCourt (1001) lead the women away at the start of the 10k race

Former miss Northern Ireland Tiffany Brien (1003) and Cathy McCourt (1001) lead the women away at the start of the 10k race

Jesica Craig (2) leads the women off at the start of the 5k race

Jesica Craig (2) leads the women off at the start of the 5k race

Rachael Gibson

Rachael Gibson

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Kelly Neilly eventual winner of the 5k race

Kelly Neilly eventual winner of the 5k race

Ali Robinson, Catroina McCorkle, Carla Boyer and Jenny McCready

Ali Robinson, Catroina McCorkle, Carla Boyer and Jenny McCready

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Ladies warm up for the race

Ladies warm up for the race

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

The start of the 5k race

The start of the 5k race

Team for Many Hopes charity

Team for Many Hopes charity

Isobel Martin, Daniel Magee, Isacc Martin, Eva Mc Cann and Hariett Armstrong

Isobel Martin, Daniel Magee, Isacc Martin, Eva Mc Cann and Hariett Armstrong

Robin Bell, Janice Boe, Leanne McNeill and Carol Alexander

Robin Bell, Janice Boe, Leanne McNeill and Carol Alexander

Anne Louise Brennan, Judith Malon  and Orla Barrett of St Joseph College, Coalisland on behalf of cancer patient Jarlath Nicholl

Anne Louise Brennan, Judith Malon and Orla Barrett of St Joseph College, Coalisland on behalf of cancer patient Jarlath Nicholl

St Joseph College, Coalisland on behalf of cancer patient Jarlath Nicholl

St Joseph College, Coalisland on behalf of cancer patient Jarlath Nicholl

Nicola McDole and Fiona Dickson

Nicola McDole and Fiona Dickson

 Julia Webster,  Emma Miskimmon,  Paula Simpson, and Catherine Feguson all North Down Physio

Julia Webster, Emma Miskimmon, Paula Simpson, and Catherine Feguson all North Down Physio

Shola Gilpin, Eleanor Ross and Zoe Sherman

Shola Gilpin, Eleanor Ross and Zoe Sherman

Samantha Convery and Anne O'Doherty

Samantha Convery and Anne O'Doherty

Warm up session

Warm up session

Warm up session

Warm up session

Warm up session

Warm up session

Warm up session

Warm up session

Dame Mary Peters starts the 5k

Dame Mary Peters starts the 5k

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Warm up session

Warm up session

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Apex Clinic - Niclola O'Brien of Apex massages  Chloe Crossey

Apex Clinic - Niclola O'Brien of Apex massages Chloe Crossey

Runners finish the 5k race

Runners finish the 5k race

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Start of the 10k race

Start of the 10k race

Alex McCarrison, Dawn Porter, Lynn Porter, Shirley Porter

Alex McCarrison, Dawn Porter, Lynn Porter, Shirley Porter

Chloe Corcoran and her dog Lady from Armagh

Chloe Corcoran and her dog Lady from Armagh

Tiffany Brien

Tiffany Brien

Roisin Lavery

Roisin Lavery

5k winner Kelly Neely from Lisburn

5k winner Kelly Neely from Lisburn

Ballymena Runners

Ballymena Runners

Belfast Telegraph team

Belfast Telegraph team

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Heather Baird from Holywood and Ruth Kennedy from Waringstown

Heather Baird from Holywood and Ruth Kennedy from Waringstown

Christine McMahon from Glengormley

Christine McMahon from Glengormley

Tiffany Brien

Tiffany Brien

Gemma Kennedy, Wendy Graham, Andrea Wylie from Ballymena

Gemma Kennedy, Wendy Graham, Andrea Wylie from Ballymena

Laura Livingstone from Dromore and Lynn Kerr

Laura Livingstone from Dromore and Lynn Kerr

Trudy Matchett and Joanne Upritchard

Trudy Matchett and Joanne Upritchard

Joes Jog for Jarly team from St Josephs College Coalisland

Joes Jog for Jarly team from St Josephs College Coalisland

East Coast Athletics Club

East Coast Athletics Club

Many Hope Charity Runners

Many Hope Charity Runners

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Claire Magill, Louise McManus, Ciara McClenaghan, Orla McDonald from Newry

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate Claire Magill, Louise McManus, Ciara McClenaghan, Orla McDonald from Newry

Jean Gilmore and Eleanor Patchett from Antrim

Jean Gilmore and Eleanor Patchett from Antrim

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Barbara Carson, Tom Carson and Julie Rouslton

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate Barbara Carson, Tom Carson and Julie Rouslton

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate. Start of the Children's Race.; Joshua Dougherty and Alexander Jess

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate. Start of the Children's Race.; Joshua Dougherty and Alexander Jess

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate. Start of the Children's Race. Joshua Dougherty

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate. Start of the Children's Race. Joshua Dougherty

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Alexander Jess from Castledawson with the Runher Mascot

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate Alexander Jess from Castledawson with the Runher Mascot

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Start of the Children's Race

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate Start of the Children's Race

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate. Start of the Children's Race

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate. Start of the Children's Race

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate. Start of the Children's Race

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate. Start of the Children's Race

10k winners Cathy McCourt, Hannah Oldroid and Julie Balmer.

10k winners Cathy McCourt, Hannah Oldroid and Julie Balmer.

Belfast Telegraph Runher Event at Stormont Estate in east Belfast.  The 5k race starts.

Belfast Telegraph Runher Event at Stormont Estate in east Belfast. The 5k race starts.

Hannah Su, Louise Kelly and Fiona Devlin from Sperrin Harriers from Mid Ulster

Hannah Su, Louise Kelly and Fiona Devlin from Sperrin Harriers from Mid Ulster

Jessica Hazle and son Hugo from Crawfordsburn

Jessica Hazle and son Hugo from Crawfordsburn

Belfast Telegraph Runher Event at Stormont Estate in east Belfast.  The 5k race starts.  Libby Young centre.

Belfast Telegraph Runher Event at Stormont Estate in east Belfast. The 5k race starts. Libby Young centre.

Belfast Telegraph Runher Event at Stormont Estate in east Belfast.  The 5k race starts. Jessica Craig.

Belfast Telegraph Runher Event at Stormont Estate in east Belfast. The 5k race starts. Jessica Craig.

Belfast Telegraph Runher Event At Stormont Estate
The 10k race gets under way

Belfast Telegraph Runher Event At Stormont Estate The 10k race gets under way

Susan Crawford and Elaine McElhill from Portglenone

Susan Crawford and Elaine McElhill from Portglenone

Nicolle Smyth

Nicolle Smyth

(L-R) Jordan, Yana and Paula Ford

(L-R) Jordan, Yana and Paula Ford

Mum and Dad Kevin and  Sinead Cooney get their children Shauna, Orla and Phelim ready to run in the kids race

Mum and Dad Kevin and Sinead Cooney get their children Shauna, Orla and Phelim ready to run in the kids race

SOS Bus - SOS staff (L-R) Emily Paisley and Nicola McCullough

SOS Bus - SOS staff (L-R) Emily Paisley and Nicola McCullough

Kelly Courtney from Ballymena

Kelly Courtney from Ballymena

Taylor and Carla Braniff from Dunmurry

Taylor and Carla Braniff from Dunmurry

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Belfast Telegraph Runher Stormont Series at Stormont Estate

Gillian Kelly and Barbara Irwin from Banbridge

Gillian Kelly and Barbara Irwin from Banbridge

Michelle and Emma McNamee from Carrick

Michelle and Emma McNamee from Carrick

Cathy Hopkins from Crumlin and Finn Garrett-Kane

Cathy Hopkins from Crumlin and Finn Garrett-Kane

Karen Hanson, Denise Brice and Kathryn Brice from Carrick

Karen Hanson, Denise Brice and Kathryn Brice from Carrick

Nicola McCullough from Crossgar and Emily Paisley from Hillsborough

Nicola McCullough from Crossgar and Emily Paisley from Hillsborough

(L-R ) Rachael Bryson and Ruben Hargy

(L-R ) Rachael Bryson and Ruben Hargy

(L-R Back) Mia Ashbridge Gracy Ashbridge, Benjamin Bryson, Isac Hargy
(L-R Front) Rachael Bryson, Ruben Hargy and Reece Hargy

(L-R Back) Mia Ashbridge Gracy Ashbridge, Benjamin Bryson, Isac Hargy (L-R Front) Rachael Bryson, Ruben Hargy and Reece Hargy

Mum Kelly gets Ruben Hargy ready to run in the kids race

Mum Kelly gets Ruben Hargy ready to run in the kids race

Mum Jo gets Rachael Bryson ready to run in the kids race

Mum Jo gets Rachael Bryson ready to run in the kids race

Cool FM's (L-R) Natalie Cole, Sonia Mac, presenter and Katie Roberts

Cool FM's (L-R) Natalie Cole, Sonia Mac, presenter and Katie Roberts

Cool FM - Cool FM's Natalie Cole (left) and Katie Roberts (right) with Mary Francsl McGuckin and Patricia Toner

Cool FM - Cool FM's Natalie Cole (left) and Katie Roberts (right) with Mary Francsl McGuckin and Patricia Toner

Special Olympics - (L-R) Rebecca Ross, Nicolle Smith, and Beth McKinty

Special Olympics - (L-R) Rebecca Ross, Nicolle Smith, and Beth McKinty

Wather Within - (L-R) Amelia, Archie and Hugo (front) Hazel

Wather Within - (L-R) Amelia, Archie and Hugo (front) Hazel

SOS Bus - Staff of the SOS Bus at the Runher race

SOS Bus - Staff of the SOS Bus at the Runher race

Water Within - Ali Robinson with her sons Max (centre) and George

Water Within - Ali Robinson with her sons Max (centre) and George

Ali Robinson, Catroina McCorkle and Carla Boyer wearing Adidas clothing and shoes

Ali Robinson, Catroina McCorkle and Carla Boyer wearing Adidas clothing and shoes

(L-R) Jenny Mc Cready, Ali Robinson, Catriona McKorkle, Brian Hamilton and Michael Jenkins - Pure Running

(L-R) Jenny Mc Cready, Ali Robinson, Catriona McKorkle, Brian Hamilton and Michael Jenkins - Pure Running

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Jesica Craig (2) leads the women off at the start of the 5k race

Olympic golden girl Dame Mary Peters swapped the running track for the steps of Stormont as she took part in the Belfast Telegraph Runher race.

A warm autumn sun shone on the 1,400 runners as they gathered at the Parliament Buildings' start line.

The sunny weather matched the mood on the ground, as around 1,200 women and 200 children pulled on their running shoes for the Dash for Kids, 5k and 10k runs.

Some women ran for themselves, to keep fit and to have fun, running in teams or with friends.

Others ran for charities or for someone close to their heart.

Whatever their reason, competitors of every shape, size and ability gave it their all.

Despite her experience, the track wasn't what the winner of the 5k run, Kelly Neely (35), was used to.

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"My background is track running so I'm not used to steep hills," she said.

"That is the first time I've ever done a Runher event. It's strange it all being women. There's less of a competitive feel about it, but it's a great event."

Northern Ireland sporting icon Dame Mary was present – but not just for appearance's sake.

"I take part every year and it's a tough course – it's a challenge," the 1972 Olympic pentathalon gold medal winner said.

"I admire the organisers and what they do for the women. It's about camaraderie and health and it's a big achievement for some ladies.

"All the men around the course were giving us great support and for them to give up their Sunday was great to see."

In second place was Rachel Gibson (22).

"It was brilliant; a well organised event and I would recommend anyone to take part," she said.

Jessica Craig (23) came in third in the 5k, despite recent illness.

"It was tough as I'm recovering from a throat infection but it's a great day for it," she said.

Michael Jenkins from Pure Running was delighted about how this year's events were received.

"Since August 2007 we have had two events a year and together about 2,500 have taken part. Today we are looking at about 1,200 women taking part and about 200 children. It has been fantastic," he said.

"Weather was the main worry but everyone is really enjoying the sun. As an organiser you get this nervous anticipation and you want everyone to get round safely."

 

Over 1,200 turn out to enjoy a run in the autumn sun

It was all sun and smiles for the second Belfast Telegraph Runher event this year.

Following the success of the Runher coastal run, the autumnal event didn't disappoint.

Although browning leaves fell from the trees around Stormont estate, the clear sky and sun made it feel like a summer day.

And the weather was unseasonably warm as 1,200 women and 200 children battled the course during their races.

Those taking part in the Dash for Kids were up first. The klaxon began the first race as hundreds of painted faces, thanks to the SOS bus team, sprinted from the starting line.

The kids' race was closely followed by the exclusively female 5k and 10k races, with hardened runners at the front, followed by those who chose to walk or jog their way around the course.

Andrea Chambers ran for her father who was diagnosed with lung cancer last year.

"I'm here to raise awareness because lung cancer is one of the lowest funded out of the cancers," she explained.

"This is my first Runher and the atmosphere is brilliant."

Now in it's seventh year, the Belfast Telegraph Runher event is proving to be an unmissable event for runners. There was a carnival-like atmosphere on the hill at Stormont yesterday, and the picturesque views of Belfast, cloud-splitting sun and family fun topped off an event well worth attending. A few famous faces were also in attendance; Cecilia Daly from the BBC and Dame Mary Peters took the time to join in.

It wasn't just athletics clubs which took part either. New mums from Buggy Babies, based in Antrim, took to the course.

Susan Crawford (40) gave birth just six months ago.

"We're taking part as an exercise challenge," she said.

"I have been in Buggy Babies for the last few months and it's good exercise for people who have just had children.

"We're running for ourselves and close friends who have had breast cancer."

Elaine McElhill (38) spoke highly of trainers Michelle Raphael and Elaine Williams.

"This run was something I wanted to take part in and see if I can run the 10k. We got to know about the Runher race through Buggy Babies who are such a feel-good team," she said.

Competitors were given goodie bags after completing the gruelling run. They included treats like Apex Physiotherapy vouchers, T-shirts, sugar free chocolate and cranberry juice as well as other run-related items. Race winners were awarded special prizes including a stay at a Premier Inn, and physiotherapy sessions and sports massages, which will be provided by Apex.


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