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Charity run returns to Ormeau Park

By Staff Reporter

THE Belfast One World Run is returning to the south of the city, aiming to raise thousands of pounds for people living in the developing world.

Launched this week at a ceremony in City Hall, the annual event, which was formerly known as the ‘Third World Run’ is taking place in Ormeau Park on April 29, and will offer three ways for entrants to take part, with the full 10k run, the 3k run, and the 3k family fun walk.

Four charities targeting poverty in developing countries will benefit from sponsorship: Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Oxfam Ireland and Trócaire.

Speaking at last week’s launch, event Chairman Laurence Frazer outlined the history of the run, which has changed the lives of thousands.

“The run has its origins in the Sport Aid ‘Run the World’ event in 1986, when 20 million people in 274 cities, in 78 countries, ran or walked 10 kilometres on the same day – May 25 – to help alleviate famine in Ethiopia.

“Since then, we have held our own run in Belfast, allowing people of all ages and abilities to come along and take part, raising vital funds for those in need.”

Belfast Lord Mayor Niall Ó Donnghaille added: “The One World Run is an important event in the Belfast sporting calendar, and I encourage all those interested in raising money for charity and keeping fit at the same time, to sign up and take part for this very worthy cause.”


To register, visit www.belfastoneworld

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