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International Women’s Day 2021
and to mark the day, as well as Women in Sport Week, which runs from March 8 to March 12, the Western People, Mayo.ie and the Mayo Sports Partnership are proud to formally launch the 2021 Women’s 10k Your Way, the twelfth annual staging of the West of Ireland Mini-Marathon which will be held in a virtual setting for the second year running on the May Bank Holiday Sunday (May 2).
Following on from the resounding success of last year’s virtual 10k, which saw over 1,000 participants around Mayo, Ireland and the world run together to raise over €40,000 for charity, this year’s 10k will again be open to women from the four corners of the globe. Whether you’re a Mayo woman in Swinford or in Sydney, you are encouraged to get involved and get active.
The theme of this year’s Mini-Marathon is ‘Your Way, Your Hero, Your Say.’ You can run the 10k any way you see fit, whether on your own or as part of a group, against the clock to improve your personal best or as a leisurely afternoon stroll. Younger runners are once again encouraged to take part in the ever-popular Mini-Mini while pupils in secondary schools around Mayo will once again be participating in the ‘It’s For Girls’ initiative, which aims to increase participation in sport amongst girls.
The ‘Your Hero’ element of the race is a new addition for 2021 and has been introduced as a way of acknowledging the difficult twelve months through which we have just gone. Runners can nominate their own hero, in whose honour to run, whether that be a frontline worker fighting the pandemic, someone in your community who has stepped up to the mark to help others during lockdown, or a loved one who has passed away over the last year in whose honour you wish to run.
The Mini-Marathon has long been an important fundraiser for numerous local charities and this year will be no different. The ‘Your Say’ element of this year’s event means runners will have the choice of which charity their donation will go to, from an extensive list on the registration website. Registration is €20 and €10 from each entry will go directly to a charity of your choice.
The official event website will also have helpful tips and advice on training for the 10k.
Organisers are particularly keen to reach out to the Mayo diaspora for this year’s event. We are conscious that travel restrictions have prevented some Mayo natives from returning home to see family and friends in over a year but we hope that by coming together to take part in the Mini-Marathon, Mayo people in Australia, the US, Canada, Dubai and all over the world can feel a little bit closer to home.
To find out more about the 2021 West of Ireland Mini-Marathon visit
€25,000 raised to date for Charity in unique Mayo Day 10K Your Way Event 2020
The Mall in Castlebar may not have been humming this year with the 11th Mayo.ie Western People Women’s Mini Marathon but its spirit was very much kept alive with the staging of a virtual Mayo Day 10K Your Way last Sunday. Organised through Mayo Sports Partnership approximately 1,000 participants from across the region and beyond celebrated the annual event by either doing a full 10K or a tag team 10K, all adhering to HSE guidelines. The vast majority of participants raised much needed funds for local and national charities including Western Care, Mayo Roscommon Hospice, Mayo Mental Health, Cancer Care for Children, Physios COVID19 Campaign and many more.
“It never ceases to amaze me the goodwill and generosity of people when it comes to events like this. On behalf of Mayo Sports Partnership, I would like to congratulate and thank everybody across the Mayo Day weekend who raised funds for many charities while also keeping active” said Cllr Michael Loftus Chairman Mayo Sports Partnership.
Sports teams, community groups, workplaces etc all used their imagination and creativity to complete the 10K with many photos and videos posted to the mini marathon Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WOIWomensMiniMarathon/ .
One particular group Moy Davitts Ladies GAA Club went to great lengths to get all the club involved making a substantial donation to the Cancer Fund for Children see video here https://www.facebook.com/moydavittsladies.foxford/videos/1430792850457883/
Due to the current COVID19 Pandemic many people were delighted to be part of an initiative to keep them active with Ballina woman Ann Egan stating
“The mini marathon has been part of my life for the last 10 years or so. I was delighted to run 4 loops around my house at 12 Noon today to be part of such a great event. Thank you so much for keeping us active”
Maura Hastings from Kilmeena added: “I think the mini marathon organisers deserve a big thank you for all you have done over the years. The event means so much to a lot of people. You have encouraged so many ladies, secondary school girls & most recently primary school children to get active, not to mention all the money that has been raised for charities”
Along with the Physios COVID19 Campaign its fair to say that several thousand people including individuals and families were active over Mayo Day weekend. While raising funds for charity and donning the county colours was a primary objective for some, for others it was to improve their physical and mental wellbeing which is so important in this current environment.
Charlie Lambert Head of Mayo Sports Partnership praised the input of all the Sports Partnership team, partners Mayo.ie, Western People and Sport Ireland.
“There was a groundswell of opinion amongst all our stakeholders that we should try and organise a virtual event that everyone could participate in. Massive thanks to all the Sports Partnership team who devised the event format and to our supporting partners. I can assure you the mini marathon will be back on the streets of Castlebar bigger and better than ever in 2021.”
“Huge congratulations to Aileen Shaw and all the Physios on their COVID19 success” he added.
Mayo Sports Partnership continues to promote physical activity in the community and information on its #BeActive campaign can be found on its Facebook page www.facebook.com/mayosport1 . Printed exercise resource sheets for older adults or people with a disability can also be obtained by phoning the Sports Partnership office 094 9064360 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out the many Beginners Couch to 5K Programmes running throughout the County. These are an ideal way to prepare for the 2020 event.