Catherina McKiernan and Siobhan Doherty launch the 2014 Tipperary Women’s Mini Marathon

North Tipperary Sports Partnership and South Tipperary Sports Partnership are delighted to announce that the 2014 Tipperary Women’s Mini Marathon will take place in Thurles on Sunday 28th September at 10.30am.

North Tipperary Sports Partnership and South Tipperary Sports Partnership are delighted to announce that the 2014 Tipperary Women’s Mini Marathon will take place in Thurles on Sunday 28th September at 10.30am.

Now in its fifth year this 10k Women’s Mini Marathon has grown from strength to strength since the inaugural event in Thurles in 2010.

Former International athlete and Olympian Catherina McKiernan and Tipperary’s own Siobhan Doherty recently launched the 2014 event with Sports Coordinators Elaine Cullinan and Valerie Connolly of North Tipperary Sports Partnership and South Tipperary Sports Partnership. Also present were Ciaran Lynch, Chairperson NTSP and 2014 Tipperary Mini Marathon committee, Marion Hughes, Tipperary Athletics County Board member, Sean Hughes Thurles Crokes AC and Niall O’Sullivan Clonmel AC.

Catherina and Siobhan have become ambassadors for the Tipperary Women’s Mini Marathon and both stated that they were once again delighted to be associated with the event, and that it was wonderful to see so many women out running and jogging in Tipperary.

Elaine Cullinan, Co-ordinator, North Tipperary Sports Partnership commented ‘As always this event is open to female runners, walkers and joggers of all abilities and mobility. We have been consistently getting in excess of 1000 ladies registering for the event and we would expect to see this number grow again in Thurles this year.

Registration is once again both online and postal (details below) and this year we will continue to make a charitable donation of €200 to the largest group to register that are raising funds for a charitable cause. Check out www.tippminimarathon.ie for registration details and also details of your local Meet and Train or Fit 4 Life running group, where you can train for this event with others in a fun sociable and supportive environment. Exciting news this year is that we will be providing a technical tee-shirt for all participants. Thanks must go to LIT Tipperary (Thurles) for providing sponsorship and making this possible.’

Valerie Connolly, Co-ordinator, South Tipperary Sports Partnership commented ‘ It is wonderful to be part of this Women in Sport initiative in Tipperary as it provides a great opportunity for women of all ages to get active and take part in a women’s only mini marathon. All finishers will once again receive a specially designed race medallion and. Spot prizes will also be distributed on the day. The event also provides a great opportunity for participants to raise funds for their own local charities. We hope that this year’s event will build on the success of the previous years. All participants will be chip timed so whether running or walking the 10k you will get an accurate time and the event as always is AAI measured and certified’,

The 2014 Tipperary Mini Marathon is funded through the Irish Sports Council Women In Sport Programme, and the 2014 committee comprises North Tipperary Sports Partnership, South Tipperary Sports Partnership, Tipperary Athletics County Board, Thurles Crokes AC, Tipperary County Council, LIT Tipperary (Thurles) Thurles Town Council, Thurles Gardai, Tipperary Civil Defence and Tipp FM.

Registration is online at (www.tippminimarathon.ie) and this year we will again be accepting postal entries, details of which are on the above website. Closing date for all entries is strictly Monday 22nd September, 2014. There is an early bird registration option with reduced entry fee which is open until Sunday 31st August, details of which are all on the website.

For further information please contact Elaine/Sharon at North Tipperary Sports Partnership, 067-43604,