Eimear Hutchinson: Don't underestimate the power of a good pair of shoes

Eimear Hutchinson has come on board as the brand ambassador for The Echo Women’s Mini Marathon. Every week in her column she will be sharing her tips and advice, ahead of the September 20 virtual race date.
Eimear Hutchinson: Don't underestimate the power of a good pair of shoes

Eimear Hutchinson getting race ready.

RUNNING and walking for pleasure or relative competitiveness is generally considered a fairly cheap sport: no major outlay in gear or equipment, all you need is some comfortable supportive clothes and shoes. However, don’t underestimate the power of a good pair of shoes.

Runners have a limit to the amount of protection they provide your knees and hips. Even if you mind your shoes and they look perfect, the shock absorption ability of the sole only lasts so long so if you are a regular out pounding the roads it is important you look after your body by making sure your runners are supportive.

You can get your gait checked in many sports shops now and buy runners to help with your running gait if you do find yourself getting niggles. The best advice is to ask in a sports shop, tell them how much you walk or run and they can direct you to the best range of runners for the intensity of sport that you do.

HOW TO TAKE PART...

Earlier this summer, we announced that the 39th Echo Women’s Mini Marathon wouldn’t go ahead this year on Centre Parc Road due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The event attracts up to 7,000 participants annually and raises thousands of euro for so many different worthy charities in Cork and wider afield.

However, organisers Cork Athletics Association have a virtual offering this year and we are hoping that as many people as possible will take part to help support the many Cork charities that depend on the event, year in, year out.

The event ‘6K Your Way’ is free to register. You can complete that however you want, either by walking, running or jogging in your back garden!

When you are registering you will have the option to purchase a souvenir medal and race number to be posted to you.

We are encouraging people to do the 6K on September 20.

We ask that you adhere to all government guidelines regarding public safety and social distancing when completing your 6K.

You can upload your results via the results portal and you can download a certificate of completion.

The results portal will be open from September 18.

If you can’t complete your 6K on September 20, you can also do it from September 18 to September 27.

We hope that the people of Cork will continue to support this fantastic event in these unprecedented times as they have done over the past 39 years.

For more information and to register see https://theechominimarathon.ie/

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