Friday 25th May, 2018
The Hoka Runher Coastal Challenge takes place along one of the most scenic of loughshore routes, threading its way between Holywood and Bangor in Northern Ireland.
A great way to begin the Bank Holiday weekend.
The 5 km event will start at Rockport School, Holywood at 6:30 pm, and the 10 km event will start at Seapark, Holywood at 7:15 pm.
The new half marathon event will start at The Dirty Duck at 6:30 pm.
All events finish at Crawfordsburn Country Park, with the half marathon first continuing on to Bangor before retracing its steps back to the finish line in the park.
5 km and 10 km events
£15 until 1st April*
£20 until 25th May
Half marathon event
£25 until 1st April*
£30 until 25th May
Online entry closes on 20th May. Entries can also be taken at Pure Running until Thursday 24th May, and at Seapark, Holywood on the day of the event. All entrants will receive an event t-shirt, goody bag, and race chip-timing.†
Pack collection will be held at Pure Running in the run-up to the event.
*Plus £1.12 Active.com administration fee. Prices will increase at 00:00 am on the dates listed.
Hoka Runher Series breaks new ground
A new title sponsor and a first for women’s-only running in Ireland provide the headlines for the 2018 Hoka Runher Series.
The first event up will be the Runher Coastal Challenge on Friday evening, May 25th, featuring — for the first time — a women’s half-marathon following the Belfast Lough shore path from Holywood to Bangor, retracing its steps to finish in Crawfordsburn Country Park.
The 21K/13.1 mile women’s-only event will be the first of its kind in Ireland with only two others listed in Europe this year in Odense, Denmark and Madrid, Spain.
The Runher half-marathon will sit alongside the popular and well-established 5 km and 10 km events on the night. The series will once again be run in association with Pure Running, and business owner and race director Michael Jenkins says:
I guess we’ve been building up to this for the eleven years that Runher has been going — starting out with a 5K, then an 8K, a 10K and now 21K.
The Runher community has been growing with us and extending its ambitions and we’re excited about offering this fresh challenge along that most scenic of run routes and hopefully providing a great start to the Bank Holiday weekend.
We are also delighted that Hoka One One, the world’s fastest growing running shoe company, has come onboard to join us in this new venture, and our long-time media partner the Belfast Telegraph will still be with us to capture the build-up and the series on its digital platform.”
Elizabeth Brown, Sports Marketing Manager for Hoka One One says,
Winning with women is a key focus for us in 2018. With the expansion of the Runher Series to include a half marathon event this year, we’re therefore very excited to be announced as title partner and look forward to supporting female runners across the island of Ireland with our products and education.”
There will be three start points: Rockport School for the 5 km event (6:30 pm), Seapark, Holywood for the 10 km event (7:15 pm) and The Dirty Duck on Kinnegar Road, Holywood for the half marathon (6:30 pm) with all three finishing in Crawfordsburn Country Park where a barbecue, some kids’ entertainment and a post-race massage from Apex Physio will be available.
The Series will conclude with Runher Titanic 5K and 10K on Sunday morning, October 21st in the Titanic Quarter.