This year’s Limerick Women’s Mini Marathon took place on a route across the University of Limerick campus on Sunday October 26, 2014.
Now in its 18th year, the Limerick Women’s Mini Marathon has been successfully bringing together women of all ages for an active day out in one of the city’s landmarks – the stunning University of Limerick campus.
A warm-up took place in the UL Sports Grounds before the run, which spanned a total of 8k around the scenic University of Limerick Campus, with water stops at the 4k marker and the finish line, and complimentary t-shirts provided for the first 2500 entrants. The race started from the UL Sport Grounds at 2pm.
Post-race treatment were provided by a team of physical therapists lead by the Registered Physical Therapist for the Great Limerick Run, the Human Race and the Limerick Women’s Mini Marathon, Paul Murray B.Sc. Ph. Th.
As in previous years, men were welcome to take part in the run, but were not be eligible for prizes. Similarly, participants with buggies took part, but are asked to keep to the back of the race.
Taking part in the marathon means you will take in the great sights that the University’s campus has to offer. The race will kick off at the University sports arena and will proceed around the campus. A few of the main landmarks that the marathon pass by are the iconic U.L Flagpoles, over the intricate Living Bridge and by magnificent buildings such as the Health and Science building and the Irish World Academy. The race then finishes back up at the U.L sports arena. There are water spots along the way to be sure you stay hydrated and most importantly there will be toilets too.
This marathon has much to offer but we must not forget the great causes that drive the whole event along. By running the Ladies Mini Marathon, you are supporting many great causes, such as, Adapt House for domestic abuse, Milford Care, Mid- West Rape Crisis, Pieta House and many more. These causes are pertinent to Ladies Weekend as they support charities that are set up to offer support and safety to women. So why not continue the support and come on down to the Women’s Mini Marathon to help drive on these hardworking charities.
The Limerick Women’s Mini Marathon will again be part of Ladies’ Weekend Limerick, which is back for a second year after the roaring success of last year’s inaugural festival. Ladies’ Weekend Limerick is a festival that offers various activities ranging from sport and fashion to culture taking place all across the city.
Congrats to all on Ladies Weekend who played a part in the growth of the Women’s Mini Marathon on its 18th birthday. Whether you ran, jogged or walked it, or came along and showed your support.
For more information on Ladies’ Weekend Limerick, visit their website www.ladiesweekend.ie, and make sure to take a look at race tips from Physical Therapist Paul Murray, including advice on how to pre-empt injury.
Read more about the Women’s Mini Marathon here.
Photos by David Woodland for I Love Limerick 2014. All Rights Reserved.