Limerick Women’s Mini-Marathon Launched

Limerick Women’s Mini-Marathon Launched

Press Release

Monday, September 5th 2011

Thousands of Limerick women are preparing to roll up their sleeves, lace up their trainers and run for good causes by participating in the 2011 Limerick Women’s Mini-Marathon.

The 2011 Limerick Women’s Mini-Marathon launched this evening (Monday) at County Hall will take place at 2pm on Sunday, October 16th around the beautiful University of Limerick campus.

The annual event, organised by Limerick Athletic Club is sponsored by the Limerick Leader, Limerick’s Live 95FM and the VHI and run in association with Limerick County Council and Shannon Development. The 8 kilometre event has been hosted in Limerick since 1998.

The inaugural race saw 400 participants take part but it has grown exponentially now hosting in the region of 4,000 participants who come from all over Ireland to take part.

The Limerick Women’s Mini-Marathon has gained the status of the biggest sporting event in Limerick by bringing together people of all different levels of ability for a fun day out!

Speaking at this evening’s official launch of the 2011 Limerick Women’s Mini-Marathon, Mary Harty, the Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council said she was looking forward to taking part in the event.

“The Limerick Women’s Mini-Marathon is a great way to get out, meet new people and do some good along the way,” she said.  “I would like to encourage as many women as possible to sign up and take part; I’m going to do it myself! The day is made only better by the much-needed funds that are raised by participants for various charities at local, national and international levels. It is this generosity that we see year after year which enables these charities to continue their invaluable work.”

A huge amount of organisational work goes into making the Limerick Women’s Mini-Marathon a success.

Organiser Edel O Shea said Limerick Athletic Club and its members have worked tirelessly to ensure the continued success of the mini-marathon.

“There’s a lot of organisation involved but we love doing it and are delighted that it has grown to become such a fantastic day,” she said. “The Limerick Leader, our main sponsor, and Limerick’s Live 95FM have supported us since its inception and it is because of this support along with the VHI and our other partners, Limerick County Council and Shannon Development that we can continue to host this great event,” she said.

In recent weeks, Mini-Marathon participants have been gathering across Limerick city and county to train for the big day. 

Phelim Macken of the County Limerick Local Sports Partnership said the increasing popularity of events like the Women’s Mini-Marathon is encouraging huge numbers to exercise and stay healthy.

“You can really see an increase in the amount of people who are out jogging and keeping fit,” he said. “We’re encouraging anyone who wants to take part in this event to join our Street Stepping Groups, our Fit4Life group in Bilboa at 6pm on Fridays or our new Meet and Train group in Newcastle West (Mondays @ 8pm in the Demesne). Women from across County Limerick are already walking and running along the Sli na Slainte routes in Abbeyfeale, Athea, Rathkeale, Castletroy, Knocklong and Newcastle West to train for the Mini-Marathon and new participants are always welcome.” (check www.cllsp.ie for details)

Elaine Barry of the Limerick City Sports Partnership said similar meet and train groups have also been organised in the city.  

“Catering for all fitness levels there are sessions taking place at Shelbourne Park on Mondays at 6 pm, the LIT carpark on Wednesdays at 6pm and in Raheen (opposite dry cleaners in Industrial estate)at 6pm on Fridays.  Limerick Walking Association also meet on Wednesdays and Saturdays on the South Circular Road, in Caherdavin and UL with many more groups meeting across Limerick city. For a full list check www.limerickcitysports.ie and everyone is welcome to take part,” she added.

Entry is now open for the Limerick Women’s Mini-Marathon on www.limerickminimarathon .com

The entry fee at present is €15 but this increases to €20 after October 2nd.

Participants can also keep up to date with news, events and tips on the Limerick Mini Marathon Facebook page.

Entry forms, posters and sponsorship cards are available from the Limerick Leader office, 54 O’Connell St., Limerick and Limerick’s Live 95FM, Radio House, Dock Road, Limerick.

-ENDS-



Last update:06/09/2011

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