Countdown begins for annual Purple Ladies 5K

Springwell's Alison McAllister and Debbie Tutty with Lorraine Farrell (GES group) at the launch of the 2016 Purple Ladies 5K.
Springwell's Alison McAllister and Debbie Tutty with Lorraine Farrell (GES group) at the launch of the 2016 Purple Ladies 5K.

The fourth annual Purple Ladies 5K run, ladies only event will take place once more on Wednesday 27 April, with the run getting underway at 7.30pm.

As always the run will leave from the Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre, Ballymoney.

The event is organised by Springwell Running Club, and is sponsored by GES Group, a market leader in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, who specialise in motor rewinds and overhauls, renewable energy, HV/LV installation and maintenance, and the design and build of bespoke panels and switchgear.

The run is open to all ladies over the age of 14 years old and covers a distance of 5K (approximately 3.1 miles).

This event gives all ladies the chance to walk or jog at their own pace around the route, as Springwell Running Club are continuing to promote health and fitness in the area whilst raising the profile of female sport.

A spokesperson for the event said that the number of ladies running has increased dramatically over the last four years, mainly due to events like this, park-runs and couch to 5K classes.

The Purple Ladies 5K will be a fun event for all!

Marshalls will be positioned around the course to encourage everyone and ensure their safe passage along the route!

Online entry is available at until the 22 April. Registration is available in the Joey Dunlop Centre from 6.00pm on Wednesday 27 April.

Entry fees are £9 (affiliated) or £11 (unaffiliated) and there is a Technical T-shirt for the first 300 entries who take part in the event.

There are also prizes for winners in all age categories, and various spot prizes on the day.

After the run there will be a chance to talk to fellow runners and members of Springwell Running Club, whilst enjoying some post-race refreshments.

Check out the club website: for more information on running in the Ballymoney - Coleraine - Limavady areas and to download an entry form for the event.

Entry forms are also available at local Leisure Centres throughout the borough.

Whether you are a beginner, or an experienced competitive runner, this event caters for all abilities!

You complete the 5K at your own pace, so put Wednesday 27 April in your diary, for an evening of fun!

Organisers look forward to seeing everyone at the Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre on Wednesday 27 April and afterwards for a catch-up!