Public Run Laps Of Belfast City Hall For Charity

People from across Northern Ireland ran laps of Belfast City Hall yesterday, Monday 03 June, as part of a Translink charity fundraiser for Cancer Focus NI.

The 'My Way 5k' ran from 7am to 7pm, with participants donning their trainers and completing 50 laps to mark 50 years of the charity by running, walking or jogging.

The event launched Translink's fourth annual 'Bus + Train' week, celebrating all that's good about active, sustainable travel and getting people moving.

Funds raised will be used to support Cancer Focus NI's Keeping Well Van which provides a vital service that helps people benefit from free health checks, cancer awareness and healthy lifestyle information directly at workplaces and communities across Northern Ireland.

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor John Finucane laced up his running shoes and joined the fun. After completing the 5k, he commented: "I am delighted to be here today to support Translink's 'My Way 5K' initiative, helping to strengthen the connections between health and transport within Belfast city.
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"It's important we recognise the potential benefits of moving to more sustainable forms of transport to help create healthier and connected communities, and a more vibrant city and stronger region – all aims within Council's Belfast Agenda."

Chris Conway, Translink Group Chief Executive, who also completed the 5k said: "It's been a fantastic morning here at Belfast City Hall, kicking-off our 12-hour My Way 5K and raising vital funds for Cancer Focus NI. It's a great way to start the day and our week-long celebrations for Bus + Train Week 2019.

"Public transport plays a central role in encouraging more people to get active as most journeys require a walk or cycle to the bus stop or train station. We've chosen this event to launch this year's Bus + Train Week celebrations, shining a spotlight on all that's good about active, sustainable travel and getting people moving.

"We want to remind everyone that public transport is a convenient and smart way to keep active. Our full calendar of events this week will also highlight the many other benefits of public transport so please get on-board and join the celebrations!"

Roisin Foster, Chief Executive of Cancer Focus NI, added: "Being part of this unique event has been fantastic for us and we are delighted to see Translink focus attention on the importance of keeping fit. Educating people about the benefits of active travel options, not just for the city as a whole but for each individual, is super and we've enjoyed being involved."


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