FINAL preparations are underway for the 15th annual women’s mini marathon this weekend, with up to 2,000 women - and a few men - expected to take part.
For the first time in its history, the event will be held on a Saturday - rather than its traditional Sunday stronghold - to allow for a new framework of events to be built around Ladies’ Weekend.
While the run is undoubtedly the centrepiece of the weekend, fashion and racing will also provide some entertainment before and after the main event.
Eight stores in the city are offering special discounts of up to 20% as part of the inaugural Ladies Weekend.
Boutiques including Joli, Serendipity, Tippe Canoe, Gretta Gibbs, O’Donnell’s, Imasa and 7 Camicie will have a range of special in-store promotions and discounts from October 11-13. Ryan’s Jewellers will be offering 20% off everything in store, with 30-50% off selected diamond rings.
Niall Colgan, hairdresser at the Strand, will be offering blow dries at a reduced rate of €20 on Friday and Saturday - a reduction of 33%. Brown Thomas in Limerick is offering two hours free parking if you spend €150.
City retailers will also host a free fashion show on Friday, October 11 from 6-8pm in Number 15, which is located on Anne Street.
The fashion show is in association with the Hillary Thompson Modelling Agency and Live 95fm to raise funds for CARI, for sexually abused children and their families, and Children’s Ark in the University Hospital, Limerick.
Over 60 charities from across the Mid-West have now registered to take part in the mini-marathon around the grounds of UL.
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.
Edel O’Shea advises participants to eat healthily in the run up to the race, stay well hydrated and walk for an hour at least three times a week.
See www.ladiesweekend.ie for full details on how to enter