By Kieran Hughes

U p to 100 runners and walkers will be taking to the streets of North Belfast this weekend to run a half-marathon in aid of a local suicide awareness charity.

For the past three years the Terri-Anne Mackin Half Marathon has been raising thousands for PIPS Programmes and the organisers are hoping that they can top last year’s

whopping total of £7,500.

The run – in memory of 16-year-old Cliftonville Road girl Terri-Anne who lost her life in December 2009 – starts this Saturday morning (July 21) from the PIPS office on the Antrim Road.

Last year’s winner was North Belfast boxer and big-hearted PIPS patron Paddy Barnes, who is currently preparing for the Olympic Games.

“There’s still time to make donations and any donations will be gratefully received, all you have to do is come along on the day,” said Terri-Anne’s uncle and PIPS volunteer Robert Mooney.

“There has been great interest in this year’s run and we are hoping to raise as much as we can for PIPS.”

The half marathon, from PIPS at Antrim Road to Sandyknowes roundabout and back, takes place on Saturday, July 21. Participants are asked to assemble at the PIPS office on the Antrim Road at 9am.

Donations to the appeal can be made through the PIPS office or online at moneygiving.com/PIPS_Fundraisingasfadfa

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