Entries are now open for the 2019 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. The event, now in its 37th year, will take place on Bank Holiday Sunday 2rd June 2019 at 2pm. Over 30,000 women are expected to walk, jog and run the 10K route in Dublin, starting in Fitzwilliam Square and finishing on Baggot St.
Among the thousands of women taking part in this year’s event is Sharon Felton from Greystones, Co. Wicklow, who is representing her county as part of the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon’s #WomenwithImpact campaign. The campaign is celebrating women throughout the country who have made an impact on lives in their local community.
Sharon has done around ten Mini Marathons in the past, supporting a range of different causes, most recently the Blackrock Hospice, who looked after her father before he passed away. In 2016 Sharon joined a couch to 5k with a local running club, and last September went on to start a new couch to 5k group with around 40 runners taking part every week, culminating with the Shanganagh parkrun last December.
Despite her running activity, Sharon is looking forward to walking the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon this June: “ The Mini Marathon is such an emotional day with all the different charities and different stories, so for me it’s more special to walk rather than run the 10k, to really take it all in and soak up the atmosphere. There is no other event like it. This year is a special year and we hope to walk in memory of a special little girl, Lucy Leahy, who passed away just last January. We hope to make t-shirts, raise awareness of DIPG (a rare brain tumour) and fundraise towards a bench in our estate so she will always stay in our thoughts. I hope to get lots of others to join me in taking part in this very special day.”
In an exciting addition to this year’s event, Vhi has revealed a brand-new finisher t-shirt which will be presented to each participant upon completion of the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon.
The Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon will have an increased postal entry offering this year, giving women all over the country the opportunity to receive their race number by post. Anyone entering before April 30th will be able to choose the postal entry option, subject to availability. There will also be a number of pick-up points around the country, where participants can collect their race number.