You all know that I love a good running race so when MoRunning got in contact with me to tell me about their upcoming race in Belfast towards the end of November, I was over the moon to be involved so let me tell you all about the charity itself, the race and all the details you need. (Disclaimer: I have been given the race entry as part of my coverage for the event but I have donated money to the charity regardless of this and as always, opinions are one hundred percent my own.)
Before I get into the race itself, I want to tell you more about the charity if you’ve never heard of them before. We’ve all heard of Movember where many men around the globe don’t shave for the month of November to raise awareness for the unfortunate diseases and cancers that men can be diagnosed with. It’s a fabulous initiative that is growing year on year and it’s great to see it getting more media coverage. MoRunning raise money alongside their charity partner, the Movember Foundation who have three main priorities they are working towards; prostate cancer, testicular cancer alongside mental health and suicide prevention. I’ll leave you with a link to the Movember Foundation UK website if you’d like to find out more about what they do.
For those who have been a long reader of the blog, you’ll know that I took part in the race two years ago when it was at Ormeau Park. I wrote about taking part pre-race (which I’ll link here) but I never wrote about it afterwards which is a shame because it would be great to do a comparison for this year. However, they do have a past results page and I found my time from then; my chip time was 39:08 and my finish time was 39:25. That year, I took part in the 5K and considering I only started seriously running last Summer, I remember 5K was quite a struggle for me so a 10K would not have been an option for me.
This year I’ll be taking part in the 10K race and with the addition of another 10K race at the beginning of November, it’ll be a great note to start AND end the month on. This race will be different for me from a route perspective; it’s something I have worried about doing hence never doing it, but I have never ran up a hill like Stormont. If you’re unfamiliar with Stormont, it starts as a mile-long hill (if you go from the bottom right to the top of the steps of Parliament Buildings) but it’s a gradual incline that doesn’t look too bad until you are on it. There is a regular parkrun at Stormont every week but the thought of the hill put me off the notion of ever doing it. I would say this will be the biggest challenge for me but it’s always good to challenge yourself, isn’t it? I can’t expect to run on flat surfaces for the rest of my life so I know at the time, it will probably be tough but long term, it will be worth it.
As you can see from the route, this is the route for the 5K and the 10K route. The 10K route is simply two laps of the 5K so easy enough to work out. Now thankfully, we’re not running up the entirety of the hill but it’s a good chunk. One of the biggest mistakes I normally make that Scott tries to drill out of me is taking it slow up the hills. Sounds simple doesn’t it? It’s incredibly simple but when you’re on a hill and especially if you’re a new runner like me, it can be hard to track your pace when you’re not on a flat.
Now for the information on the race taking place. It’s happening on Sunday 25th November on the Stormont Hill with the first race leaving at 9:30am. There are three races within the event; the Mini Mo Run for all the children who want to take part is 1.5K, that begins at 9:30am. The 5K starts at 10am and the 10K starts at 10:10am. There’s a fun warm up planned and even a fancy dress competition so it’s not your ordinary race. In terms of parking, there is parking available at the event up at the main Parliament Buildings but it is very limited so it’s ideal to turn up early in case you need to find somewhere else (but it’s common to be early for a race regardless). Race packs will be collected from the starting line so another reason to be there a little early and registration closes at 9:45am. MoRunning have a fantastic page with all your queries on it (which I’ll link here) if you need any more information.
Finally, MoRunning have kindly given me a discount code for anyone interested in taking part, so enter “MR18_BlogBelfast” on the website and you’ll get 10% off your running price. Another disclaimer: I don’t get any money from this code, it’s simply a way for you to get a little money off for the race. If you want to follow along with the MoRunning journey, make sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too.
Let me know if you’re planning on taking part in the race this November and I’ll be back in December to show off my special medal and to let you know how it all went. Thank you so much for reading, I really appreciate it. (All photographs used in today’s post are credited to MoRunning.)