- Posted by Ryan - NiRunning
- On November 1, 2018
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Statement from NiRunning (Northern Ireland Running) founder Ryan Maxwell:
After a LOT of thinking, we have made the decision the cease the operations of our website www.nirunning.co.uk at the end of November 2018.
Nearly 7 years ago we set up website – the aim was to provide a ‘hub’ for information in relation to our local running scene, whilst promoting the achievements of local runners, both within Northern Ireland and further afield. I genuinely believe we have done this.
The local running scene is thriving thanks to the hard work of local running clubs, governing bodies and volunteers, many of whom we have had the pleasure of working closely with. It is in a good place and there are now several media outlets promoting what is going on within Northern Ireland; this is a good thing. Our scene is getting the exposure it deserves!
I feel that the time is right to take a side step and concentrate on some things close to me – most importantly, my family – my wife and I are expecting our second child and going forward I want to have as much time with my family as possible.
In the last 2-3 years I have also really enjoyed working through my coaching qualifications and working with athletes. I’d like some time to focus on the brilliant, hard working and dedicated group of athletes that I have the honour of coaching – I feel that recently, increasingly over the last year, that there has been a conflict of interest in terms of supporting my athletes on race day. When I am at an event which my own athletes are competing in, I can’t focus on them in the manner that they deserve and that I expect of myself because I have ‘media’ work to do.
Also, I have the pleasure of being Head Coach at my local running club, East Coast AC – I want to give this role the attention and respect it deserves. This club and its members mean a lot to me, they deserve nothing less than my absolute best.
One of my reasons for starting www.nirunning.co.uk was to allow me to remain involved in running after a serious back injury. Looking back, this was one of the best decisions I have ever made – the people I have met and got to know as a result of this is incredible – many have become good friends. I would encourage anyone who is in a similar position to try their upmost to stay involved in our amazing sport; volunteering in this way has given me the satisfaction and enjoyment that running once did!
In terms of the website itself, it is not yet clear what will happen. Over the years, I have been approached on numerous occasions by people/organisations who wanted to take it on should I ever wish to step aside. So, ultimately, there is a chance the website will remain, but under new operators. Should no one come forward, the website will be closed down on 30th November 2018.
Our two main events, the Rathlin Run (organised alongside Belfast Activity Centre) and the Mourne Skyline Mountain-Trail Race, will be unaffected and will continue as normal. Both races have their own websites, www.rathlinrun.co.uk and www.mourneskylinemtr.com and social media accounts, which we would encourage you to follow. Both races will remain ‘not for profit’ with any proceeds going back into the events to improve them or going to other local running related projects.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to everyone who has helped and supported our website over the last 6 and a half years – especially my family who have been unbelievably supportive despite the long hours of work and associated commitments. I also want to say thank you to good people like Athletics NI, ChampionChip Ireland, Helios IT and Apex Clinic Belfast for their support.
Kindest regards and thank you once again!
Founder of www.nirunning.co.uk