Hey hey, Welcome to the Northern Ireland Chapter of the BRS! I'm Andy!! (Hi ). Here's the plan! I want to get together all the barefoot and minimalist runners in Northern Ireland. There are only a few of us at present that I know of, but many more who I know who probably also have read "Born To Run" and heard of barefoot running but who don't have the nerve to actually lose the shoes for a run or two. If that's you...do it!!! It's great!! Barefoot is still a bit of a taboo here in NI. We still live in a community where the "sensible shoe" gets wayyy too much respect. Where people of a certain generation here, recoil in horror at the sight of someone running barefoot and would give just about anything to run you down, tackle you to the ground and wadge a pair of inch thick soled support shoes on you and tell you "Now there's a good pair of solid shoes". You'll get plenty of funny looks and even more funny comments, but hey, you also get a hell of a lot of great support and respect from the awesome running community here! Once we get a few of us together and start organising a few regular runs, I'd love to get out there in the running community in NI, enter a load of events and show the shod runners it can be done. That there's nothing to fear from losing the shoes and that they are welcome to join us any time for one of our runs. Northern Ireland is such a fantastic place to run, with so many great events, amazing places of natural beauty and a great climate for barefooting!! (Honestly!), so let's get out there barefoot and explore it! I'm open to travelling the great places of NI for runs. The Causeway, the Mournes, the beaches, the lakes! Get your shoes off and run them all!!! Ideally I'd like to bring barefoot running to the forefront of the Northern Ireland running community, raise it's profile and make it not quite so shocking for people here to see someone running barefoot. I want people here to see us and be inspired. To want to kick off their shoes and run with us because, hey, you know that looks like fun!! I've already started this crusade for acceptance. I ran a leg of the Belfast marathon in May, the entire Ards Half Marathon in June. The response and support from everyone was overwhelming. The Ards half had a load of club runners and many of them showed loads of interest in barefoot running and wanting to give it a go. Getting out there really helps! I plan to run the Belfast Half Marathon in September, with few of the 26 Extreme half and 25k events in between. So hey, sign up, get the shoes off and lets run. If I can quote a Nike ad (ironically) "Yesterday, you said tomorrow!" The distance doesn't matter, just getting the shoes off and running is what counts!! Let's go! Introduce yourself below!!