Kelpies Supernova 5K returns to Helix Park for biggest weekend to date
Due to popular demand, the 2016 Kelpies Supernova included an additional event on Sunday 13th November, which followed the originally scheduled event on Saturday 12th November.
The weekend of running saw thousands of runners cross the finish line over the two days, guided home by the impressive LED-lit finishing straight! Each runner donned their Supernova head torch as they gathered on the start line and proceeded to snake their way around the 5K route, creating a stunning visual spectacle.
A fantastic atmosphere was generated by all runners and the fancy dress efforts were something to be admired! Tutus, glow sticks, leg warmers, LED glasses, and plenty of fluorescent gear was on show, and runners ranged from tiny toddlers to glowing grandparents, all adding to the event’s feel-good factor.
Behind the light-hearted luminosity were some incredible people running for some equally incredible causes.
11 year old Robert Miller was raising money in support of his best friend Douglas who has Cystic Fibrosis. Douglas also took part in the run alongside Robert and his family. The pair met on their first day of school and have been friends ever since. Robert set himself two challenges earlier this year and having already completed the Pedal for Scotland “wee jaunt”, back in September, Robert was delighted to have the chance to run the Supernova 5K alongside his family and best friend. Robert has already raised a great amount for Cystic Fibrosis trust and you can help by donating to Robert’s JustGiving page here. Well done Robert on completing the 5K this weekend, such a heartwarming story!
Elsewhere, Jaqueline Lafferty ran the Kelpies Supernova 5K on Sunday for Alzheimer’s Scotland and as part of her own personal journey to better health. After seeing a number of her close family affected by the crippling disease in recent years, Jacqueline felt compelled to raise awareness and funds for this great cause which is clearly so close to her heart. On top of this, Jacqueline has had her own health scares, weighing in at 20 stone and suffering a stroke last year was the wake up call she needed to turn her life around. Now over seven stone lighter, Jacqueline can do more than she has ever done before and is determined to continue on this path to better health and fitness. You can donate to Jacqueline’s JustGiving page here. What an incredible woman – well done Jacqueline!
Next up, the Supernova series heads south, with the London event taking place on Saturday 1st April 2017 at the iconic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Entries are open now and are available at https://www.supernovarun.com/events/olympic-park/. The series then heads to Bournemouth, taking place as part of the Bournemouth Marathon Festival, which takes place on 7th & 8th October 2017, more information is available at https://www.bournemouthmarathon.com/5k/.