Get Involved In The People’s Running Awards For 2024

The Inaugural Running Awards Event is being hosted in Newcastle

The People’s Running Awards will be taking place in a glamorous gala event in The Slieve Donard Hotel and Spa in Newcastle, County Down.

Sisters Clare McAvoy and Laura Brennan, both habitual runners, have created this exciting, new event for 2024.

There have been running and athletics awards events in the past but nothing like this the sisters said.

Their event , ‘The People’s Running Awards’, aims to celebrate the best in Northern Ireland’s running sector.

(l-r) Clare McAvoy with her sister Laura Brennan launch The People’s Running Awards which will cover the running community across Northern Ireland. Included; centre; is local presenter Ryan Hand. The inaugural awards will be held in the Slieve Donard Hotel and Spa in Newcastle; County Down. (Photos by Jim Masson/Down News©).

Clare said: “Our aim is to acknowledge the whole running community, from the elite to the everyday runner, from the volunteers to those who give up their time to ensure our events and training sessions take place.

“There is even a category for ‘Youth Runner’ which is very exciting as this is a very popular sport amongst young people in Northern Ireland!

“‘The People’s Running Awards’ is an event for everyone!”

Clare and Laura came up with the idea after a conversation about how much running helps those in the community both in terms of fitness and health and in mental health.

Laura said: “There are so many inspirational stories of people who have come through adversity and use running as an escape.

“There are also many people who fundraise by running 5K, 10K, half and full marathons as well as the ultra-runners and those with disabilities who complete running events by fundraising and showing strength, endurance, and resilience.

“Thousands of pounds are is raised for charity in our community, and we want to give people the platform to tell these amazing stories and celebrate those who truly deserve it.

“In saying this, your nomination doesn’t have to be for fundraising. You may wish to acknowledge someone who simply deserves to be recognised for their ability or inspirational efforts, or contribution to the sport, or even to health and wellbeing.

“We have 22 categories covering runners of all abilities, ages and experiences.”

Runners and sisters Laura Brennan and Clare McAvoy pictured with presenter Rowan Hand at the launch of the inaugural People’s Running Awards to be held in the Slieve Donard Hotel and Spa later in the year.
  1. Most Improved Runner of the Year
  2. Youth Runner of the Year
  3. Legend Runner of the Year
  4. FEMALE Park Runner of the Year
  5. MALE Park Runner of the Year
  6. Best MALE Trail Runner of the Year
  7. Best FEMALE Trail Runner of the Year
  8. Best use of social media
  9. Most Inspirational MALE Runner of the year
  10. Most Inspirational FEMALE Runner of the year
  11. Outstanding Contribution to Fundraising
  12. Voluntary Contribution to Running
  13. Inspirational FEMALE Coach of the Year
  14. Inspirational MALE Coach of the Year
  15. Best Ultra MALE Runner of the Year
  16. Best Ultra FEMALE Runner of the Year
  17. Best MALE Marathon Runner of the Year
  18. Best FEMALE Marathon Runner of the Year
  19. MALE runner of the year
  20. FEMALE runner of the year
  21. Running Personality of the Year
  22. Peoples’ Club of the Year

Clare added: “Our charity partner for the event is ‘the Cancer Fund for Children’, a fantastic local charity who will benefit from fundraising at our event.

“Our host for the evening will be local presenter Ryan Hand along with Clare McAvoy, one of the organisers who owns the local drama school ‘Mourne Stars’ as well as her own casting agency for young actors ‘Clare’s Star Talent.’

“They are both excited to be working together on the evening and promise to ensure that all of the guests will have a fabulous time!”

And Laura explained that “this is your opportunity to showcase running in Northern Ireland! The People’s Running Awards promises to be an unforgettable evening of celebration on Saturday 2nd November 2024 in the Slieve Donard Hotel, Newcastle, Co.Down.

“It is certainly worth having a look at the website to place a vote for that special person you believe deserves some recognition!

“All voting is free and open to the public.  

“You can find out more about the event and how to vote from our websit, We also encourage you to follow our Social Media where you will find the most up-to-date information.

“Clare and I look forward to receiving your votes and reading those special stories!”


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