Runners invited to take on Belfast Zoo 5k

Newtownabbey-based athletics club, the Monkstown Spartans, are inviting those who are brave enough to take part in a unique 5k experience at Belfast Zoo next month.
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The Spartans are hosting the Belfast Zoo 5k Run, which is the first of its kind, taking participants on a challenging and hilly two loop course through the scenic zoological gardens.

A spokesperson for the club, which was formed in 2014, said: “Runners will encounter sea lions, penguins, lions and chimps all before reaching the peak and meeting the Andean sun bears.

"Participants can enjoy views over Belfast Lough and across the city before passing more unusual onlookers, including monkeys and flamingos on the way downhill to the start line, ready to begin another challenging lap.

The race will take place on March 26.The race will take place on March 26.
The race will take place on March 26.

"The experience doesn’t have to end there, as the £20 entry fee includes admission to the zoo. Families and friends are also welcome to join, with spectators being offered half price entry, meaning the rest of the day can be enjoyed exploring what Belfast Zoological Gardens has to offer.

"The event, sponsored by SPAR NI, is in aid of Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice and Panthera, a big cat charity chosen by Belfast Zoo.”

Bronagh Luke, Head of Corporate Marketing at Henderson Group which owns SPAR in Northern Ireland, commented: “With Belfast Zoo and the Monkstown Spartans being local to Henderson Group’s main office base in Newtownabbey, it’s important to us to show our support for this fantastic event.

"This 5k is not only a unique experience for participants and a day out for the whole family, but also will raise money for two very deserving charities.”

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