Siobhan O'Doherty takes the honours at the Tipperary Women’s Mini Marathon in Thurles

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The weather held, for the 600 participants who took to the roads of Thurles to complete the Tipperary Women Marathon. A wonderful atmosphere was created by Star Systems and an energetic warm up was lead by Aidan from Thurles Leisure Centre. Cathaoirleach of Tipperary County County Matty Ryan and Cathaoirleach of Thurles/Templemore addressed the participants before they made their to Jimmy Doyle bridge for the start.
The first lady back to enter the grounds of LIT Tipperary was Borrisokane athlete and previous winner of the event Siobhan O'Doherty in a chip time of 36.20 followed by Thurles girl Sharon Cleere in 38.04. Third place went to Aoife Burke from Vegan Runners UK (40.24) followed quickly by Aine Roche from Clonmel AC (40.41). Thurles Crokes athlete Eileen McCullagh came home in fifth (42.08). There was a great battle for sixth place between County Footballer Samantha Lambert and Nicola Maunsell with both girls crossing the line in 44.02. All the participants between runners and walkers were back in a time within 2 hours lead out by lead car sponsored by Barlow Motors, many of whom were competing in the first ever 10km event. All entrants received a race medallion and event tech t-shirt which was sponsored by LIT.
Race Winner Siobhan O'Doherty commented that she was delighted to win the event and found the event challenging and paid tribute to her fellow competitors especially those completing their first 10k. The largest group raising funds for charity was ‘Barrettstown – Little People of Ireland led by Catherine Rafter, the €200 donation will make its way to the charity.
The 2018 Tipperary Mini Marathon was supported by a groundswell of local businesses and civic organisations. There was huge praise for the superb organisation and months of careful planning and preparation from the hard working committee which was lead by Tipperary Sports Partnership. The organising committee included representatives of Thurles Crokes AAC, Templemore- Thurles MD, LIT Tipperary, Thurles Gardaí, Tipperary County Athletics, Tipp FM and Tipperary Civil Defence. The event was also generously supported by Thurles Fresh Milk and Dunnes Stores.
The organising committee would like to extend their warm thanks to all the volunteers who supported the event and to all the local business who provided sponsorship, donations and support for the 2018 event including Sport Ireland who provided the seed funding through their Women in Sport programme. Special thanks to thanks to Thurles Scouts who managed the water stations for all the athletes. A big thank you to all the athletes for taking part and creating an electric atmosphere.
All athletes were chip timed by Premier Timing and all details including race results are available on www.tippminimarathon.ie along with photos from Eamon McGee.