Running to make a difference in Limerick

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

Community spirit: Girls from the Presentation secondary school who are taking part in the Women's mini marathon on Saturday, October 12. Picture: Michael Cowhey
DOZENS of transition year students in girls’ schools across Limerick will be lacing up their runners for charity on Saturday week.

DOZENS of transition year students in girls’ schools across Limerick will be lacing up their runners for charity on Saturday week.

Up to 2,000 women are expected to take part in the 15th annual Limerick women’s mini marathon on Saturday, October 12.

Now in its 15th year, it is the first time the race has been moved from its traditional Sunday fixture to a Saturday to allow for a full weekend of events under the inaugural Ladies Weekend.

Proceeds from entries will go towards Limerick Athletics Club, and charities across the Mid-West have generally reaped individual donations of thousands of euro throughout its long-standing history.

“When you consider that €1.3m has been raised through the Great Limerick Run over its four years to date, the amount of money raised for charities through the women’s mini-marathon has been very considerable. There are not many running events that have stood this test of time,” said organiser John Cleary.

“It’s unusual for races to have young girls competing alongside grandmothers in their 80s. There’s a real community feel to this event and that doesn’t happen overnight. We need to be celebrating and promoting that,” he said.

See Ladies Weekend for details.