Saturday 20 January 2018

Six things you need to know about the 2017 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon

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The 2017 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon – the biggest all-female event of its kind in the world – and Ireland’s largest one-day charity fundraising event – can be entered until 28th April.

Here are 6 things you need to know:

1. 35 years – and 35,000 women

Celebrating 35 years this year, the event will see tens of thousands of women run, walk or jog through Dublin City on Bank Holiday Monday, June 5th, 2017. Nearly one million women have taken part in the event since the very first race back in 1983.

2. There’s a new route

A brand new route has been unveiled for the 2017 event. The course has been completely reversed for this year’s event and it will now start on Dublin’s Fitzwilliam Square and the race will finish on Baggot Street.

3. Amanda Byram will join the first timers

TV presenter, model and fitness advocate Amanda Byram joins many other running ‘newbies’ in the event this year and has chosen the 2017 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon as her first ever 10k run. She has joined up as part of Vhi’s Support Team as an event ambassador.

“While I really enjoy HITT and bodyweight exercises I have never taken part in a 10km event, so I’m a running newbie! I’ve set myself the challenge of completing my first 10km at the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon,” she says. As an ambassador, Amanda is encouraging women at all fitness levels to join her in this year’s event, especially first-time runners like her. “Hopefully others will join me and we can achieve our fitness and fundraising goals together on the 5th of June!”

4. €200 million has been raised for charity

Charities all over Ireland have been able to make a huge difference with close to €203m raised since the event began. Last year alone, it is estimated that almost €8m was raised for charity. It is hoped that 2017 will again see women from all over Ireland joined by participants from the UK and Europe to raise vital and life-changing funds for their chosen charities and causes.

5. Prepare for the run with healthy recipes

Former European champion, Olympian, Vhi Support Team Member and MasterChef winner David Gillick has combined his love of cookery with his athletics experience and has designed a wide-range of ‘Recipes of the Week’ for healthy eating inspiration.

Most runners burn off anything between 600 to 800 calories during a 10k and offering encouragement to the 2017 entrants David says: “It’s a tough road ahead in reaching your goals but if you can fuel yourself in the correct way, it will become a very enjoyable journey. I am looking forward to helping you with your preparation and cannot wait to share some of my favourite recipes”.

6. Time yourself and get race ready

There are three bespoke training programmes to help entrants enjoy and maximise the lead up to the race and achieve their personal best on the day. Women entering the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon can choose from the Walker, Beginner or Improver programmes depending on their level of fitness and their personal goals.

There is still plenty of time to train, whether you decide to walk or run. For motivation, the Vhi Support Team offers advice with training plans, motivation tips and all-important nutrition.

Running together is better so why not team up with a running buddy to help you motivate yourself and maximise your chances to train in the lead-up to the event.

Sign up today as the closing date is fast approaching. Women can enter for the 2017 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon by registering online here. For those that would like to enter by post, official application forms are available in The Herald every Wednesday and Saturday. Entries close on 28th April 2017.

For further information on the 2017 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon visit vhiwomensminimarathon.ie or follow on Facebook and Twitter.

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