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16/01/2024

Council Host Running Workshop to Help Keep Women Safe

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council ran its first Winter Running Workshop at Mossley Mill last week, attracting up to 100 women.

The event aimed to empower female runners of all ages and fitness levels with essential knowledge and tips on running safely in the dark winter nights, as well as insights into pelvic health and running techniques.

A local PSNI representative addressed the crowd highlighting the impact of promoting safe running habits, where running in a group and wearing high-vis reflective gear is most important, particularly during the darker nights.

The audience also heard from Catherine Kelly, a physiotherapist from Pelvic Physio & Pilates Belfast who emphasised the significance of women's pelvic health, focusing on improving pelvic floor exercises and highlighting symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction.

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s Sport and Physical Activity Development Manager and former sprinter and Irish Record Holder, Anna Boyle, also shared some tips on safe running techniques. These included the importance of a proper warm up, stretching exercises, and effective ways to avoid common running injuries.  She also encouraged anyone who was interested in starting to run to register with a local club.

Speaking at the event Deputy Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Councillor Rosie Kinnear, said;

“I am delighted that so many women attended the workshop. As a Council, we encourage our residents to become more active more often and I hope this event has equipped female runners with tips and advice to help them feel safer when they are out running.

“The Council is committed to improving the safety of women throughout the Borough and will be launching the Women’s Night Safety Charter NI later this month, which will support the campaign to end violence against women and girls.”

For further updates, please check the Council’s social media channels.