Local convenience retailer Centra is rallying for runners across Northern Ireland to take part in its annual fundraising event, Run Together.
This year aims to bring together 1,600 runners for one ultimate Run Together event taking place on 22nd October at Ormeau Park in Belfast. With both a 5K and 10K run, casual and experienced runners are encouraged to take part to raise vital funds for charity partner, Action Cancer. There are 200 early bird registrations open now for each run with the 10K priced at £15 (normally £20) and the 5K available to book for £8 (normally £10). The full registration fee will be donated to Action Cancer.
Centra has supported Action Cancer since 2001, and this year aims to raise an overall total of £175,000 to help keep the charity’s mobile detection the Big Bus on the road and provide its free life-saving services to communities across Northern Ireland, including breast screening, health checks, and new for 2023, skin cancer detection.
As part of Centra’s Live Well initiative, Run Together is designed to motivate people of any ability or age to embrace a healthy lifestyle by taking part in the run. Whether participants are just starting their fitness journey or are looking for something to do with the family, the event is open to everyone. Participants can walk, jog or run through the park, alongside hundreds of others, to raise funds and awareness for Action Cancer.
The runs will be staggered with the 10K kicking off at 9.30am and the 5K at 11am.
Local fitness Trainer, Bubba, is joining again this year to lead a pre-run stretch for all those taking part while Centra brand ambassador and radio presenter Pete Snodden will start the event and welcome participants over the finish line.
Everyone taking part will receive a medal, t-shirt, goodie bag, Frank and Honest coffee and lunch.
Commenting on the launch, Jennifer Morton, Centra brand manager, said: “We are excited to welcome back our Run Together fundraising event for 2023. There was a real feeling of community spirit during last year’s series and we’re looking forward to this year’s event being even bigger and better with more than 1,600 people joining together to raise money for Action Cancer.
“As part of Centra’s Live Well initiative, our aim as always is to get as many people as we can up and moving. Whether you’re running the 5K with your family or really challenging yourself with the 10K, the run is a perfect opportunity to get outside and have fun whilst raising some money for an amazing cause.”
Lucy McCusker, corporate fundraising manager for Action Cancer added: “Run Together is always a fantastic event and we are very grateful to everyone who turns out to support it. The money raised makes a real difference to many people, by enabling us to bring our life saving services directly to them on the Big Bus. Early detection saves lives, so we would encourage people to sign up, take part and help keep the Big Bus on the road.”
To enter the 5K or 10K at Run Together, visit the website: https://centraruntogether.eventbrite.co.uk