Kerry ladies get behind mini marathon

THE inaugural Dingle Women's Mini-Marathon was strongly endorsed by members of the Kerry Ladies' Minor team this week ahead of the event's national launch by RTÉ's Miriam O'Callaghan in Dublin on Thursday.

Committee Chairman Seán Ó Suilleabháin and local volunteers will be joined at the launch in UCD by luminaries from the world of sport, including legendary broadcaster and West Kerry native Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh.

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice and Kerry stars Paul Galvin and Marc Ó Sé have also lent their support to the event, which is being run on a not for profit basis with the two main beneficiaries being the National Breast Cancer Research Institute and Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne who are seeking to develop a playing pitch with a running track.

It is anticipated that the 10km run will become a permanent fixture on Corca Dhuibhne's sporting calendar and with some of the country's most beautiful scenery on the doorstep the mini-marathon has also been attracting plenty of attention from women across the county and beyond.

According to Seán Ó Suilleabháin, ladies from a variety of walks of life will line up to participate on the day; along with the Kerry Ladies Minor Team, this week nurses and staff members at Dingle's West Kerry Community Hospital confirmed that they too are gearing up for the event.

Registration is currently open at the official website, and more information is also available by contacting 066-9151515.

The Dingle Women's Mini-Marathon is also offering readers of The Kerryman the chance to win two nights bed & breakfast in the Dingle Skellig Hotel for two people; to enter the competition register for the event at before Sunday March 31.