Limerick race opens up to wheelchair users

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

for the first time wheelchair bound female athletes will line out with the runners in this year’s anticipated Limerick Women’s Mini Marathon.

for the first time wheelchair bound female athletes will line out with the runners in this year’s anticipated Limerick Women’s Mini Marathon.

Over a thousand women have already entered, and among them are Georgina Lubek, Corbally and Nicola Dore, Kilcornan who are showing serious determination to complete the race as fast as possible. Former winner Rosemary Ryan said these two women are “an example in their attitude and energy”, who says it is never too late to start training.

Ms Ryan is now a sports development, inclusion and disability officer with Limerick City Sports Partnership, and has been working with the girls to improve their time at the University of Limerick running track.

While these two young women will shine a light for others who have restricted mobility, many other wheelchair users will be aided by family and family to complete the race.

There is now just over a fortnight to go before thousands pound the pavements in aid of charities throughout the mid-west, many of whom are struggling more than ever due to Government cutbacks.

Quite a few men in drag will also put their best foot forward - some of them even in high heels.

Edel O’Shea, one of the organisers, estimated that 90 per cent of the participants do so for deserving causes, and encouraged others to take part.

Already, many people have signed up to run the event for Down Syndrome, and CARI, which supports children who have experienced sexual abuse and their families.

The eight kilometre event, which has been going strong since 1998, will take place at 2pm on Sunday, October 16, around the expansive UL campus, where it will start and finish.

This is the 14th year of the popular race, which is open to people of all fitness levels.

The entry fee is €20 and you can register at www.limerickminimarathon.com