|Cllr Muir at Redburn Country Park|
With the 5k Trail Run at Crawfordsburn Country Park extremely popular and Redburn Country Park underused but yet offering unique terrain and views I am keen to explore possibilities of a formal marked and measured 5k Trail Run at Redburn Country Park which is located near Belfast off the Old Holywood Road, Holywood.
As a keen amateur athlete and member of North Down Athletic Club the lack of trail runs across Northern Ireland with steep inclines is apparent but yet where these are offered (such as at Glenariff Forest Park) they have proven very popular with hundreds of people turning out on New Year’s Day to complete the exhilarating Race over the Glens in Glenariff. They can also prove useful places for training in preparation for the many road races across Northern Ireland which include significant hills.
After writing to the Minister for the Environment I was delighted to receive a response informing me that my suggestion is under active consideration with Minister Attwood stating “I am confident that it would increase the usage of the Country Park and provide more challenging run than that at Crawfordsburn Country Park”.
Delivery of this marked course could be the gateway to future events such as an annual race whilst also promoting active living and increasing visitor numbers in Holywood area. I look forward to receiving further updates on the project which has already gained lots of interest, further enhancing prospects that it will be a runway success if delivered.