For once the weather was kind to the Tipp Women’s Mini Marathon Committee and participants and it was in dry mild conditions that Kool Schools, Clonmel started the pre-run warm up in Dillon Street, Clonmel on Sunday.
Spirits were high amongst the 1,020 women who entered the Women’s Mini Marathon, organised by South and North Tipperary Sports Partnerships and supported each year by the Irish Sports Council. Banna Chluain Meala added to the wonderful atmosphere as they entertained and led the participants to the starting arch for the 11am start.
The first runner to finish under the West Gate was Nenagh’s Siobhan Doherty (who officially started the race), the winner of this year’s Dublin Mini Marathon in a time of 35.17 followed very quickly by local girl Angela McCann in a time of 38.03. Third place went to Claire Annan from Carrick AC in a time of 38.18. Fourth was Teresa Agar (39.07). Fifth was Aine Roche (40.54) and sixth was Kealey Tideswell (41.23).
WELL DONE ROSALEEN
Rosaleen O’Leary took the honours in the wheelchair category.
All the participants, both runners and walkers were back in a time of under 2 hours, which is faster than previous years, perhaps an indicator of the success of the Meet and Train groups around the county.
meet and train groups prominent on sunday
The local Clonmel AC Meet and Train group had over 100 participants colourfully attired in their new pink running tops. This Meet and Train group was set up by Clonmel AC in 2011 with the support of South Tipperary Sports Partnership with the aim of increasing the numbers of women jogging, running and getting fit in the Clonmel area.
Other Meet and Train Groups that had participants taking part were Thurles Nenagh, Canon Hayes (Tipp Town), Moyne AC Meet, Carrick on Suir and Fethard.
The 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 preparation from the hard working committee, led by Elaine Cullinan and Valerie Connolly.
The winners of the €200 prize for the largest group fundraising for a charitable cause was Blister Sisters from Killenaule/Ballynonty who fundraised for the Jack and Jill Foundation. A special category linked to The Gathering was won by Cherry Shannon in a time of 47.58.