Cookstown family run together for cancer

Garry, Orry George and Amanda McGuickin from Cookstown took part in the first ever Centra 5k pairs run for Action Cancer at Ormeau Park
Garry, Orry George and Amanda McGuickin from Cookstown took part in the first ever Centra 5k pairs run for Action Cancer at Ormeau Park

Garry, Orry George and Amanda McGuickin from Cookstown put on their running shoes as a family to take part in the first ever Centra 5k pairs run for Action Cancer.

Over 100 families, friends and colleagues paired up for the inaugural Centra Run Together event at Ormeau Park, raising vital funds for the charity.

Run Together is a set of four 5k races taking place across Mid Ulster, Derry and Belfast between June and October this year.

And it is hoped the events will encourage mums, dads, kids and friends to get out an run with their partner, son, daughter, friend or neighbour.

Centra developed the new series of fun runs to feed the recent upsurge in ‘social runners’ in Northern Ireland whilst raising funds for Action Cancer.

The event in Belfast on June saw more than 50 pairs make their way around Ormeau Park to receive a bespoke medal, T-shirt and goody bag and enjoy a host of activities. Event organiser, Johnny Davis, from Pioneer Group said: “We’ve had a fantastic turnout for our first ever Centra Run Together pairs event. The series of runs are one of a kind in Northern Ireland and it’s great to see everyone from regular club runners and ParkRunners to those who are new to running taking part and having fun.”

Centra Marketing Director Michelle Fennell said: “Our inaugural Centra Run Together event was a great success with family and friends pairing up to motivate and support each other around the course whilst helping raise funds for Action Cancer. It’s a fun and novel way to motivate you and your running buddy to get fit and get involved in your local community.”