Mini marathon approaches

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Clonmel is the venue for the 2013 Tipperary Women’s Mini Marathon which was recently launched by former long-distance runner and Olympian Catherina McKiernan.

Clonmel is the venue for the 2013 Tipperary Women’s Mini Marathon which was recently launched by former long-distance runner and Olympian Catherina McKiernan.

Ms McKiernan has become an ambassador for the Tipperary Women’s Mini Marathon and said she was once again delighted to be associated with the event, as she has been since 2010.

She also said that it was wonderful to see so many women out running and jogging in Tipperary.

Now in its fourth year, this 10km event is organised by South Tipperary Sports Partnership and North Tipperary Sports Partnership. It has become a hugely popular event on the mini-runs circuit, since the inaugural one in Thurles in 2010.

Valerie Connolly, co-ordinator, South Tipperary Sports Partnership said this year the event will form part of the Gathering activities in Tipperary and for te first time ever, have an overseas category for the event.

“We hope to see many women coming home to take part in the event. It is fantastic to see so many women walking, jogging and running on the roads around Tipperary and this event provides a great opportunity for women of all ages to take part in a women’s only event,” she said.

“All finishers will receive a specially designed race medallion and goody bag. Spot prizes will also be distributed on the day. The event also provides a great opportunity for participants to raise funds for their own local charities also.

Last year a record number 1,246 registered for the run and organisers hope that the same will happen again this year - or better.

There is postal and online registration available and this year a charitable donation of €200 will be made to the largest group to register, who are raising funds for a charitable cause.

“Check out www.tippminimarathon.ie for registration details and also details of your local Meet and Train or Fit 4 Life running group, where you can train for this event with others in a fun sociable and supportive environment,” said Elaine Cullinan, co-ordinator, North Tipperary Sports Partnership.

All participants will be chip timed so whether running or walking the 10k you will get an accurate time and the event as always is AAI measured and certified.

The 2013 Tipperary Mini Marathon is funded through the Irish Sports Council Women In Sport Programme, and the 2013 committee comprises North Tipperary Sports Partnership, South Tipperary Sports Partnership, Tipperary Athletics County Board, Clonmel AC, Clonmel Borough Council, Clonmel Gardai, South Tipperary Civil Defence and Tipp FM.

It takes place in Clonmel on Sunday September 29 at 11am.