Castlebar is getting all geared up to welcome women from all over Ireland and beyond to the Mayo capital for the 7th Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini-Marathon on Sunday May 1st 12 noon at the Mall. The event is expected to attract large numbers of participants, supporters, family, friends etc. Event organisers are delighted that Sonia O Sullivan has announced her intention to return to Castlebar to lend her support to the largest event for women in the West of Ireland.
Event ambassador Sonia said “ I love the atmosphere of the West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon, the support from the people of Castlebar is really special and even kids through the Mini Mini 2k event can take part. It’s a really special community day.”
The 10-kilometre run / walk is being co-organised by the Western People and Mayo Sports Partnership. Main sponsor is Connaught Gold and Mayo.ie.
As an extra bonus and to celebrate Mayo Day 2016 Mayo.ie is giving a specially designed technical t-shirt to the first 1000 individual entrants of the Mini Marathon online.
There is also a chance for entrants to win some fabulous running kits (top, shorts, bag, and singlet) in some of the many competitions online and through social media that are part of the 7th Annual West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon.
Martina Hughes at Mayo.ie outlined “ After the success of Mayo Day in 2015 we are delighted once again to be a partner with the mini marathon. The Western People West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon is superb event in the Mayo sporting Diary, an event that brings individuals from all over the County and Country together and we are delighted that it forms a key part of the calendar of events for Mayo Day”
Entering the €20 event is simple, just log onto www.westofirelandwomensminimarathon.com or those who register offline can fill out the entry form in the Western People and post to Mayo Sports Partnership, Mayo County Council, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.
While the presence of elite runners is sure to provide the race with a strong competitive element, central to the Women’s Mini-Marathon will be the opportunity for all West of Ireland charities to raise much needed funds for their respective organisations.
Speaking about the upcoming event Western People Editor James Laffey said: “We in the Western People are delighted to continue our support for the biggest women’s only event in the west of Ireland. With the co-operation of our co-organisers Mayo Sports Partnership it promises to be a day to remember”.“The event also presents a wonderful opportunity for local charities to raise vital funds” he added.
Now firmly established as the premier event of its kind in the west the arrival of so many runners, walkers and their families /supporters to Castlebar is sure to boost the local economy.
Communications & Brand Manager with Connaught Gold Lydia Rodgers added “ We see the Western People West of Ireland Womens Mini Marathon as a perfect fit to promote the many healthy products we produce and are delighted to be on board once again”
Its difficult not to see the impact of events such as the mini marathon has had on womens participation in sport over the last number of years.
“It’s fantastic to see the increase in women’s participation in sport and physical activity in recent years. In fact local research just received indicates that 49% of women in Mayo exercise regularly compared to 47% of men. The mini marathon I believe has been one of the key initiatives to this phenomenal growth” said Mayo Sports Partnership Co-ordinator Charlie Lambert.
With the mini-marathon a little under eight weeks away the excitement is building. A drive to encourage secondary school girls is under way with a competition running for the school that has the most participation. Some fantastic prizes are being sponsored by Westport Adventure Islands making participation in the mini marathon for girls a must. This year too sees the 3rd Annual Primary School Children’s Mini Mini 2K Fun Run which has been a fantastic addition to the day. The brainchild of Sonia O Sullivan the Mini Mini will be hosting a themed event to celebrate the centenary of the 1916 rising.
On the day the Mini Marathon will commence at 12 Noon followed by the Children’s Run at 12.05pm from the Courthouse with the Mall open to the public from 10.30am – 4pm. A family atmosphere will surely add to the occasion with activities such as bouncy castles, facepainting, cartoon characters, music and the 1916 commemoration parade taking place post event. Surely a day not to be missed by all.