Catherina McKiernan launches the 2013 Tipperary Women’s Mini Marathon

North Tipperary Sports Partnership and South Tipperary Sports Partnership are delighted to announce that the 2013 Tipperary Women’s Mini Marathon will take place in Clonmel on Sunday 29th September at 11am. Now in its fourth year this 10k Mini Marathon has grown from strength to strength since the inaugural event in Thurles in 2010.

North Tipperary Sports Partnership and South Tipperary Sports Partnership are delighted to announce that the 2013 Tipperary Women’s Mini Marathon will take place in Clonmel on Sunday 29th September at 11am. Now in its fourth year this 10k Mini Marathon has grown from strength to strength since the inaugural event in Thurles in 2010.

Former International athlete and Olympian Catherina McKiernan recently launched the 2013 event with the Sports Coordinators Elaine Cullinan and Valerie Connolly of North Tipperary Sports Partnership and South Tipperary Sports Partnership and Marion Hughes, Tipperary Athletics County Board member. Catherina has become an ambassador for the Tipperary Women’s Mini Marathon and she stated that she was once again delighted to be associated with the event, as she has been since 2010 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 had record numbers of 1246 women register for the event last year in Thurles and we would expect to see this grow again this year in Clonmel.

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’.

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 receive a specially designed race medallion and goody bag. 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 2013 Tipperary Mini Marathon is funded through the Irish Sports Council Women In Sport Programme, and the 2013 committee comprises North Tipperary Sports Partnership, South Tipperary Sports Partnership, Tipperary Athletics County Board, Clonmel AC, Clonmel Borough Council, Clonmel Gardai, South 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 23rd September, 2012.

For further information please contact Elaine/Sharon at North Tipperary Sports Partnership, 067-43604, www.ntsp.ie or Valerie/John at South Tipperary Sports Partnership, 062-64737, www.stsp.ie