THERE is every excuse not to run the Limerick women’s mini marathon this Sunday - that is until you meet entrants Nicola Dore and Georgina Lubek.
Like many, the local ladies, from Kilcornan and Corbally respectively, have been in training for their first mini marathon for weeks and at times it has been an uphill struggle.
But unlike others, excuses such as potentially bad weather or a lack of motivation, are not going to stand in their way.
Twenty-eight year-old Georgina Lubek holds qualifications in sound engineering and radio production, is a national Boccia champion, and hasn’t let being a wheelchair prevent her from going the distance.
Now, she has set herself a new challenge, and is already aiming to compete in the Flora women’s mini marathon in Dublin next year, after competing in the first designated wheelchair race in Limerick.
Both girls will take part in specially designed wheel tracks, which cost up to €2,500 and are available from the Irish Wheelchair Association who anyone who wants to take up athletics.
“I can’t wait for it, but I am a bit nervous,” Ms Lubek told the Limerick Chronicle.
“I think it’s all down to your state of mind. Whatever you want to do, I think you can do, but it’s all about taking small steps. The focus isn’t the big picture,” she advised.
Former two-time Limerick mini marathon winner, Rosemary Ryan, who stormed past the finishing line one year in just over 23 minutes, praised the ladies for adopting an admirable attitude.
Some 1,500 people have now entered the mini marathon this Sunday afternoon, but it is hoped this figure could increase to closer to 3,000 by Sunday. Edel O’Shea, one of the organisers is appealing to people to take part on behalf of needy charities, who are finding it difficult to fund their services this year. Registration is open all this week at the Pery hotel, Glentworth Street between 10am-5pm. Entrants can pick up their race number, t-shirt and timing chip in the University of Limerick Arena from 1pm-6pm on Saturday, and from 9am to 12.30pm on Sunday. The entry cost is €20. See www.limerickminimarathon.com