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Runher: Pictures and full results Oct 2014 - Girl power high as 1,500 pound the streets of Belfast city

By Amanda Ferguson

It was a Titanic effort - rewarded by kind weather and a lively atmosphere.

More than 1,500 women were nursing sore feet today after taking part in the Belfast Telegraph 10k Runher.

>>Full Results  - Titanic Quarter Runher Oct 2014<

The event was hailed an enormous success after participants walked, jogged and ran the stunning new flat course in the Titanic Quarter yesterday.

Some were raising funds for charity, for others it was the personal sense of satisfaction from achieving a goal, and for many it was training for half and full marathon events later this year.

The event kicked off at the Titanic Slipways before entrants crossed the newly opened Sam Thompson bridge and took in the scenery of beautiful Victoria Park in east Belfast.

Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon put the runners on their marks at 2pm after the Big School Run and the Dash for Kids events had been completed.

There was also an enthusiastic warm-up session for the runners with Fitness Freddie before the main race got under way.

"It's great to see so many ladies of all ages and fitness levels getting involved," Ms Mallon said. "I have started doing Park Runs so I am building up to 10K.

"Runher is a great way for women to get involved in running and get started."

Olympic golden girl Dame Mary Peters proudly sported her number one shirt as she walked the 10K course with friends.

"It's all girls together and we have great fun," she said. "I have taken part in all but one Runher and I love it.

"The other positive side is that the mums taking part are doing something for themselves, and their husbands are looking after the children, which is great."

BBC Northern Ireland reporter Claire Savage, who took on the Runher Titanic 10K course ahead of her first marathon in the US, said: "It is tremendous to see women out being active and having fun.

"It is nice to see women coming together, particularly so many running for causes unique to women. It is good for the sisterhood."

"I'm really looking forward to my first marathon in Washington in three weeks."

Runher race director Michael Jenkins, from Pure Running, said the event was a great success.

"The ladies gave us a hard time about the hills at Stormont and the heartbreak hill on the Belfast Telegraph Runher coastal event, so together with the Titanic Belfast team we have made a flat course debut," he added.

"It has all gone well. The Big School Run was also a massive success, with more than 100 young people taking part.

"That's established now and we hope to build on it. Feedback from parents has been great – they have thanked us for putting it on."

Michael told how the women's mini-marathon in Dublin had been on the go for more than 27 years, attracting thousands of entries, adding that if it can work there, it can work here.

"We are ahead of time when it comes to women's-only events," he said. "We set Runher up eight years ago to put something on for women, and it works well.

"Women have voted with their feet, and we are growing every year."

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