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To all participants of this 2021 Virtual Echo Women's Mini Marathon

THE Echo Women’s Mini Marathon could not go ahead in its traditional format this year because of Covid, but that didn't stop more than 1,000 women hitting the roads of Cork to complete their 6k.

We want to say a very sincere thank you to everyone who took part.

It was a phenomenal turnout for a virtual event and it speaks volumes for the commitment of Cork’s women to the many good causes and charities which are supported every year by participants in the Mini Marathon. Over 40 years of our Mini Marathon, many millions of euro have been raised for Cork charities.

Normally more than 7,000 people run or walk the course, starting out from Centre Park Road and ending up in a massive party - usually in bright sunshine in Kennedy Park.

Alas, we couldn’t have that beautiful, fun occasion 2021. But plenty of craic was had by the 1,000 women who did the Mini Marathon on their own or in small groups, and they raised significant funds for the charities which really needed their help this year. They have told us how much they appreciate the efforts of the women of Cork.

We are so looking forward to seeing everyone in person at the start next September, for what we hope will be one of the most joyful Mini Marathons ever.

Maurice Gubbins
Editor, The Echo/

Here is a selection of pictures of just some of this years many participants

We hope you all enjoyed the experience and thank you again!