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Women’s Mini-Marathon bigger and better than ever

Winners of the 10k: Carol Finn and Michelle Finn of Leevale and Lauren Dermody of Castlecomer.

The Cook Medical Women’s Mini-Marathon brought 2,760 women to the University of Limerick campus for the 20th year of the event.

Women runners from all over the Midwest gathered on Sunday to run, walk, or jog a 5k or 10k route around the university campus and Castletroy, with the finish line on the brand-new running track.

Cook Medical representative Angela Moloney said they have had the pleasure of sponsoring the Women’s Mini-Marathon for the last three years, “but we have just signed up for another three years for this fantastic event.”

The women’s mini-marathon continues to grow year after year, with 3,000 people registering for the event with 2,760 women (and some men) actually running, walking or jogging in the race.

Many participants take part in aid of charity and this year over 30 different charities were represented and received much-needed funds because of the women’s mini-marathon.

On a rather bitter September Sunday morning, the Limerick Sports Partnership team at UL got the whole crowd together to get the blood pumping with a Zumba warm-up.

Pre-run Zumba warm-up

Hundreds of women broke out into an array of moves outside the UL Arena to get the legs going and body ready for the mini-marathon, with some curious ‘female’ characters joining in.

Angela Moloney said: “It is a fantastic event to be actually sponsoring. It’s all about inspiring women, we have almost 3,000 women here today.”

In talking about expanding the event in coming years and possibly adding a longer route she said: “We’ll always sit down and talk about how the event went and we will always try to better it for next year.”

With thousands of women milling around post-race sporting this year’s trendy freebie Angela said: “I think the biggest sell this year has been the tops. The tops are fantastic.”

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First woman to cross the finish line in the 10k was UL graduate Michelle Finn, from Leevale, North Cork, with a time of 35 minutes, 2 seconds.

She was followed by Lauren Dermody, of Castlecomer in 2nd place and Carol Finn, also from Leevale in third.

The medical device company has sponsored the race for the past three years in hopes it can improve the health and wellbeing of their employees and those living in the Midwest, according to Angela.

“It’s all about getting off the couch, getting out being physically and mentally well. Everyone should really concentrate on their health and just get out and do that half an hour of a walk every second day even.”

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