On your marks! Echo Mini Marathon event gets underway in Cork virtually

On your marks! Echo Mini Marathon event gets underway in Cork virtually

Sinead O’Connor setting off from Kennedy Park, Cork to take part in The Echo virtual mini marathon. Picture Dan Linehan

The date of the 39th Echo Women’s Mini Marathon is upon us and with the sun shining down, hundreds of Corkonians are taking to the streets to run, walk or jog the route.

This year the event has been organised to run virtually, with a billboard erected in Kennedy Park for participants to mark the occasion with a photo.

Head of Fundraising and Communications at Marymount Hospice Paula McGovern said the Echo Women’s Mini Marathon is a huge part of their events calendar as well as a big social event.

Mrs McGovern said that while it was unfortunate that the event could not go ahead as planned, but it was great to see the traction the online event had generated.

“It is a shame that we can’t do it like other years, but if the pandemic has shown us anything is it that people can be very creative about supporting charities and raising awareness and funds for us. We have been amazed.” Lord Mayor Joe Kavanagh said The Echo Women’s Mini Marathon is a very important event that is held every year in the city and as Lord Mayor, he is delighted to be involved, albeit virtually.

News Editor of The Echo Grāinne McGuinness with Irish Examiner features writer Denise O'Donoghue after completing the 6km Echo Women's Mini Marathon. Pic: Denise O'Donoghue
News Editor of The Echo Grāinne McGuinness with Irish Examiner features writer Denise O'Donoghue after completing the 6km Echo Women's Mini Marathon. Pic: Denise O'Donoghue

“It raises valuable funds for much-needed charities, it is a magnificent event. It is a pity that it is virtual this year, but it is run in the right spirit and hopefully next year it will be back to face to face.” Mr Kavanagh took the opportunity to commend the Cork people on their patience and perseverance in relation to the measures needed to safeguard society from Covid-19.

“We have to abide by the rules and Cork has set the bar high, the Cork people have behaved admirably. I hope the Capital will follow suit.” John Quigley of Cork Athletics, which organises the event every year said it was important to highlight to people that this year, the event was open right up until Sunday, September 27, which more opportunities for people to take part and raise funds for the charity of their choice.

“Over €1m is raised every year, for over 200 charities and it is an opportunity to help out.” Mr Quigley said they were very happy with the numbers who had signed up to participate in the longstanding community event and said he hoped to see pictures of participants flooding the social media networks over the coming days.

“It is nice to see the participants out on the route, continuing the tradition of the Minis Marathon and with the weather we are having at the moment, there is no better time to get involved.” The Echo Women’s Mini Marathon is a 6km route, ending at Kennedy Park in Ballintemple. It is free to register for the event and you can walk, jog or run the route.

To get involved log onto the website www.theechominimarathon.ie and you will have the option to purchase a souvenir medal and race number, to be posted to you

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