On Sunday Ushi and i took part in an event called
Which is a womens only event sponsored by the Belfast telegraph. It’s been going for about 7 or 8 years i think now all across northern ireland. It was organised by the team over at
This was my first experience of Run her. I was going to go to one in June which was down in Larne, but unfortunately that didn’t happen due to a very poor taxi service, but that’s for another time. Anyway this run her event was being held at Titanic quarter in Belfast and it was at 2 o’clock.
As well as the main run her, there was a “Big school run” which was for all secondary aged pupils. There was also a “Dash for kids” which was for the younger runners. This was the first time holding these two other events, and judging from what i’ve heard, it was a great success. Both these races were 5 k (3 miles) and they happened before the main event.
When i arrived at Titanic quarter, i was met by Julie, my guide for the day. A woman who was also on the train down with me helped me too. First port of call was pack collection as i needed to get my race number and timing chip. This was my first time using a timing chip which is a little disk that you tie on to your shoe laces. This information got me in a panick, as i don’t wear shoes with laces-i could never quite grasp that technique. One of the pure running team suggested i tie it on to Ushi’s collar, which worked a treat. I never thought of that. As well as having Julie, i planned to work ushi round the course which was 10 k (6 miles). I thought since she had done the
Belfast marathon 8 mile walk
Back in May, and the fact that she does parkrun, she’d be grand working the 10 k. If of course she showed any signs of not wanting to do the course i’d have respected that.
While we waited for the race to start, Julie showed me what was in my pure running goody bag. I got 3 cartons of Ocean spray Crambery juice, a pen, a voucher for an hours physio at a place called Apex physio, a voucher for Funderland, which is a fun fair type thing, some sort of seeds, a pure running t shirt, and some sugar free chocolate, which was nice at the time, but it upset the apple cart inside me a bit later on lol.
Finally, it was time to head down to the start line.
were there with a big bus thing they have for broadcasting outside. One of the djs Sonya mac was there too. There was a guy called fitness Freddy was getting a lot of the runners warmed up before the race. You could either run or walk it.
After the warm up, all the runners went first, followed by the walkers. Dame Mary Peters was walking it too. She won a lot of gold medals in the ollympics in the 1970s, so she’s a bit of a hero here. There is a track named after her too. While the women ran or walked, the husbands were left to babysit. There were lots of activities for the kids though.
The course took in a lot of belfast. We went past the old Harlind and Wolf shipyards, up round the back of Bombardia, back round in a loop to the cranes that were used to move the titanic, past the old docs, over a bridge that linked titanic quarter with Holywood, in through Victoria park and back the way we came. I’m sure i’ve missed out something, but there was a lot of looping round to make it up to 6 miles. There were marshils all along the route cheering us all on. There were quite a few women from
Who know me from parkrun doing the run and cheering me along the way.
Ushi worked the route brilliantly, only stopping for busy stops and when we were in Victoria park. She didn’t really like when we had to go on the road sometimes though as that was the only way to go and the roads were closed to traffic.
My guide Julie was fantastic. She was a little nervous at the start, but once she got in to the swing of it, she was grand. We had some laughs along the way.
We finished the course in 2 hours, 2 minutes which i was pleased about. The timing chip didn’t register though as you have to step on these mats and it dings. It must go on your weight though as it didn’t register Ushi stepping on it at all. I still got my time though which was fab. I got a mention on Cool fm and got to meet Mary Peters. I got my picture taken with her which is at the top of this post. I also got a running jacket from Pure running. It is a very thin jacket because it is made of a breathable material to stop sweat and such. Obviously it would probably be too cold to wear it now that it is getting colder, but it will be useful for when it’s maybe humid but too warm for a big coat. I can’t wait to wear it.
I would like to thank Pure running for organising the whole thing, and for the telegraph for sponsoring it. I would also like to thank Julie and most of all Ushi for letting me work her round the course. I would like to thank Dame Mary Peters for saying hello and staying until i could meet her. I think there could have been some more water stops as there was only one, but i had water with me anyway.
It was a fabulous day and the sun shone :).